Being stuck inside has it’s ups and downs. Ups, you don’t have to wear pants with buttons on them and I haven’t for six straight weeks now. Some would call that living the dream. On the flip side of that, downs would be not getting to see friends and family without the use of technological marvels like Zoom or FaceTime. Ups though, dance parties. Constant dance parties. I don’t know about you Geeklings but I love me a solid dance party. As my wife will confess, I’ve been known to bust out some sweet sweet moves with or without music. Sure, music helps but I feel my true talent is on display when there’s only the sound of my performance. When you can see the beat flow through me. I’m really trying to paint a picture here.
This, of course, brings up the question, what music makes for the ultimate dance party and that varies for everyone. A couple of weeks ago, or years considering how long this quarantine feels to you personally, I posted a list of all the different things that have been getting me through my social distancing. Amongst that list were some albums, only one of which, really could lead to some good dance parties (looking at you Donald Glover). Needless to say, I was going to need some jaaaaaaams.
Luckily James Gunn came along and dropped the ultimate Awesome Mix over on Spotify or as he titled it the “Meredith Quill Complete Awesome Mix”. For those of you who don’t know, the soundtracks for the Guardians of the Galaxy films are known as Awesome Mix Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 and they’re made for Peter by his mother before she dies. Caught up now? Here, Gunn has comprised a list of those songs that didn’t make the final cut of the movie. Songs he thought that Meredith Quill would be jamming out to before her untimely death. Damn you sexy alien Kurt Russell!
For me, the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtracks are kind of my happy place and I can’t put them on without A) dancing, B) feeling nostalgic for the films, C) complete joy, and D) trying to emulate Star Lord dance moves. What?! You’re all guilty of it so don’t you dare point a finger at me. There are two types of people in the world. Those that dance and those who do not. Has Drax taught you nothing?! And what’s best about this mega mix it feels right in line with the films and soundtracks. I’ve been listening all morning and I’m talking instant joy. Like the kind that makes you silly happy and forces your cat to endure dancing with you as you sing and giggle. I don’t think we give Gunn’s ability to put together a soundtrack enough credit. I dare say it rivals Tarantino.
As an added bonus, this soundtrack also helps numb the pain of Gunn’s most recent comments that someone could be dying in Guardians Vol. 3. I’m not ready to discuss that just yet. I’m still processing my emotions from last night’s Better Call Saul finale and you know, the world is ending and such. Don’t worry, this will be something we tackle at some point but before we harsh the mellow, why don’t you load up Spotify, put your best dancing socks on (for maximum floor gliding), crank up the volume, and have yourself a Guardians day. And if you start to feel silly cause you and your pet are rocking out particularly hard, just remember… they saved the freakin’ galaxy with a dance-off. Who am I to tell you that you’re not doing the same?
Part of the master list of Meredith Quill’s favorite songs I considered for the soundtracks of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol’s 1 & 2. I’m not promising I won’t use these in future films, but we could all use some joyousness during our time in quarantine. ❤️ https://t.co/ofiKPXqGN4
— James Gunn (@JamesGunn) April 20, 2020
And if that link doesn’t work for whatever reason, just click here and dance it up!