I would always label the cd with the name of the project, so that eventually I had a collection of cd's with project names scrawled across them. I would listen to nothing else on my way to and from work, other than my "theme songs," so this collection of cd's essentially became a collection of memories of the projects and of my life at the time (although to be fair, often my life at the time WAS the project). The cd's were always a mix of songs that were currently popular, and songs that reminded me of the project. On one project for example, I had Carly Simon's "You're So Vain," because it reminded me of a jerk that I had to work with, who was working on the project from another company. Every time I played the song during that project, I thought of him and laughed. Years later, when I run across these old cd's and pop them into the cd player, I am transported back to those times. They are like auditory scrapbooks.
I have to show off my (newly acquired) Spanish skills later this week, to see if my company thinks I am sufficiently proficient to do my job in Spanish. If I am not, I will continue studying (sigh--both a blessing and a curse). If I am sufficiently proficient, then I move on to do some other things and gear up for our big Latin American move. So of course, I made myself a theme song CD. Since I'm not commuting at this point, I've been playing a song or two as I start and end my day. This Silvio Rodgriguez song is one of my favorites. Plus, it's full of the subjunctive, so I can call listening to music "studying." :)
Do you have a theme song for your life? If you had to choose one, what would it be?