Playlist: Filling Out the Form

So you are filling out job applications, medical forms, changing your address on every account you possess, applying to the Peace Corps or any number of things that require you to write the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. Here is your playlist. It is meant to lift you out of the tedium and at least one song is actually about filling out a form. This playlist is set up to mimic the arch of feelings you have when you go from starting your first form to finishing your fifth: where you don’t care about your Bad Reputation because whatever Lola wants, Lola gets. No worries, you’re gonna Razzle Dazzle ’em. Boom Boom Pow, we got this and it feels like the end! And then Mamma Mia, here we go again, let’s fill out essentially the same things on the next form. Then we have to keep our eyes on the goal and Find Your Grail even when we think we’re Totally F*****; and don’t forget to remind yourself that It Get’s Better and that it’s only For Now. I’m sure someone somewhere is filling out something gay and could use a little drag queen music (seriously, guys, this is where my true self is revealed. Not even I knew how many show tunes I owned. I’m essentially a gay man in a queer-lady body.)

Good luck, homo-gays! I Say A Little Prayer For You.


Filling Out the Form


Filling Out the Form – Original Cast Recording Title of Show
Toxic – Britney Spears
Bad Reputation – Film Dialogue, Shrek Soundtrack
Whatever Lola Wants, Lola Gets – the cast of Damn Yankees
Wannabe – Spice Girls
Razzle Dazzle – James Naughton and the cast of Chicago
Hollaback Girl – Gwen Stefani
Boom Boom Pow – Black Eyed Peas
Mamma Mia – Siobhan McCarthy and the cast of Mamma Mia!
Find Your Grail – Sara Ramirez and the cast of Spamalot
Totally F***** – Jonathan Groff and the cast of Spring Awakening
It Gets Better – Rebecca Drysdale
I Say A Little Prayer For You – Aretha Franklin
For Now – The Cast of Avenue Q

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

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  1. Ugh. Yes, this is precisely what I needed. No joke, I’ve been putting off doing boring paperwork and new job apps for weeks.

    So, now that you’ve made this awesome playlist, I have no choice but to get it done.

  2. I would like to suggest “Papers in Order” by The Old Ceremony. Thematically appropriate and also puts that spring in your pen.

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