I thought about this while I was typing up part of the story on March 26. I really love music, and every good motion picture is driven by a score and/or usage of songs. So what the heck…I present to you the original fiction written soundtrack for The Life & The Of: Before & After (A Goof Troop/AGM/AEGM fanfic).
Each song listed here, I think, relates to the series of events that happened in my story. They are in a somewhat chronological order of the story, and you may have to read the lyrics of some tunes to really understand that tune. Some of the songs are there just to mark that certain decade. It's like background music while you're reading to make the atmosphere more realistic – like you're watching my story as an animated film. This is just a small snippet of the several songs that could apply to this story, and these are only the songs I have heard, as I am sure there are tons of songs out there I haven't heard that would work well with this fic. It started out with about 25 titles, mostly disco. I cut down that number – but then the number ballooned up again because it needed more Max/Rox songs in it. So I've weeded out the best songs for this fic and hopefully did a good job. If you have any questions of the titles listed here, or would like to recommend any songs, please mail me. Moreover, if you would like to hear any of these tunes, some of which are rare to come by on the net, e-mail me and I'll send you the mp3.
1) The Byrds – Turn! Turn! Turn! (1965)
One of the main themes of my story is that time never stops and things will always and forever keep changing in the course of our lives.
2) Stevie Wonder – You Are The Sunshine Of My Life (1973)
3) Spinners – Could It Be I'm Falling In Love (1972)
4) Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love's Theme (1974)
5) Ralph Carter – When You're Young And In Love (1975)
These songs represent the growing love between Goofy and Penny.
6) Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing (1978)
7) Chic – Le Freak (1978)
8) Sister Sledge – He's The Greatest Dancer (1979)
These are just great disco hits to boogie down too. The Sister Sledge tune could also represent Goofy's great ability to dance.
9) Diana Ross & Lionel Richie – My Endless Love (1980)
Not only a great song for Goofy and Penny's wedding, but this was the #1 song on the Billboard charts when Max was born in September 1981.
10) Grover Washington Jr. – Just The Two Of Us (1980)
A good song that characterizes the early years of Penny & Goofy's relationship. Furthermore, the 1997 re-make of this song by Will Smith genuinely exemplifies the loving feelings Goofy has towards Max.
11) Whitney Houston – Didn't We Almost Have It All (1987)
It was really hard for me to find an angsty song for Penny's death that was set in the 80's. At first I wanted to use the #1 smash "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, but that song was eight years ahead of its time when she died…plus the lyrics of that song really didn't click with some areas of this fic. The closest I could think for a good "Goofy reminiscing about Penny" tune was this Whitney Houston song.
12) Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk (Max's Theme) (1993)
Not only his biggest hit, but a great song that suits the Max/Rox relationship well. Ashame it couldn't be included on the AGM soundtrack though, the movie needed a slow jam to perfect it.
13) Leo Sayer – You Make Me Feel Like Dancing (1976)
14) Maxine Nightingale – Right Back Where We Started From (1976)
15) Shalamar – The Second Time Around (1979)
16) Emotions – Best Of My Love (1977)
These songs represent the growing love between Goofy and Sylvia. As you can see, they are very disco oriented.
17) Timbuk 3 – Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (1986)
18) David Naughton – Makin' It (1978)
These are good songs of motivation and encouragement that can relate to Goofy, Max, and many others in my fic.
19) Brian McKnight – Anytime (1997)
20) Amerie – Why Don't We Fall In Love? (2002)
21) Bon Jovi – All About Loving You (2002)
Good "full of longing" songs that relate to the feelings of Max and Roxanne when they were separated in college.
22) Cher & Peter Cetra – After All (1989)
23) Shania Twain & Bryan White – From This Moment On (1997)
24) Savage Garden – Truly Madly Deeply (1997)
Excellent songs for the Goofy/Sylvia Max/Roxanne dual wedding ceremony.
25) Paula Abdul – Promise Of A New Day (1991)
I was thinking of a real good "camera zooms out, fade to black" ending credits song. It's a good choice, but any song off this list could be used as an ending credit jingle. So pick what ya want!
Note: I ordered and purchased a copy of AEGM soundtrack as it was still in print, so if anyone wants mp3's from that soundtrack – please drop me a line and I'll mail them to you post haste. I am still however looking for a nice copy of AGM soundtrack for myself. Wish me luck!
Note: Just throwing this in – if you live in Canada and was a big fan of the kids channel YTV back in its hey day, you'll remember a show called The Hit List hosted by Tarzan Dan. The show produced two CD compilations that are now long out of print, but feature some rare Canadian/International songs on them. I didn't want to put every song I thought would apply for this fic on the soundtrack list, cause then I would have like 40 titles and then all of them may not mean as much compared to when you have fewer titles that you can really focus on. I didn't put this one in, as its sort of too old to when the timeframe of when Max and Roxanne split up. Anyway, there is this 1994 song by the Alberta band The Earthtones featured on the Hit List Volume 2 CD called "Move This Night", and I feel it's a really good song about what Max feels for Roxanne when they are separated. Moreover, the lead singers vocals actually sound like an older Max singing! You'd have to really know where I am coming from here, so if you want a rare mp3 of this tune, I'll mail it to you.