A Perdido Kind of Day

(I wrote this short reflection for my writing project today but thought I’d share it here too just for fun.)


For years, I’ve wondered what it would be like to have a theme song — like, if I were in a movie, what song would play on the soundtrack whenever I came on scene (picture, if you will, Darth Vader’s theme from Star Wars).

In the past few months, I’ve realized that I might, in fact, already have a theme song without knowing it, a song that seems to pop into my head whenever I am in a neutrally good mood, you know, that kind of mood where you’re pleasantly happy going about your day without any reason or cause. For me that song is a Duke Ellington Orchestra rendition of “Perdido.”

There are days, like today, which is a very Perdido kind of day so far, when I hop off the bus with Perdido in my head and a spring in my step, when I feel almost like I’m in a cheeky commercial for some useless product or antidepressant (or Viagra) and feel like tipping my hat (if I’m wearing a hat) to any passer-by, along with a welcoming smile and a twinkle in my eye.

Why this particular song? I really don’t know, but I think in some ways I think it does sort of represent my personality. It’s light and happy while still being relaxed and laid back, and generally vanilla but with a cheeky and sensual bite to it. In that way it’s not really ‘vanilla’ or bland at all; it’s just unassuming, like me (or at least I flatter myself to think as much about myself; I could indeed be bland).

In this respect, I don’t mind if indeed Perdido is my theme song. If anyone were to make a movie about my life, I approve of this song playing when I appear on-screen. My only concern is that the title of the song means “lost”; and I certainly hope that isn’t meaningful in my case. Indeed, I’m finding myself feeling more and more “found” every day. So perhaps the title is ironic? Or, I could always be deluded, in which case the irony would be on me :o) )

Anyway, such are my thoughts on this Perdido kind of day.


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