There’s this challenge which many bloggers have been participating in which is called the 30 Day Song Challenge.
It looks like fun.
I considered joining in, but… I talked myself out of it.
And now I’ve talked myself into it.
You’re supposed to post one a day… I’m doing them all in one post.
I’m not sure who created this challenge. I don’t know if I’m supposed to link to a point of origin. Below is the image which goes with it.
The challenges are in bold and my answers are not.
Day 1 – A song you like with a color in the title
Yellow Moon – Neville Brothers
This fell off the shelf in my head where I keep my music collection, demanding to be noticed when I read the Day 1 challenge.
Day 2 – A song you like with a number in the title
Seven Years – Norah Jones
This reminds me of playing alone on the swing at the bottom of the garden. But I wasn’t really alone, and that swing wasn’t just a swing…
Day 3 – A song that reminds you of summertime
Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas
There are several songs which remind me of different Summer times… this one is the only one whose title and name of artists I can recall.
Day 4 – A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget
Row Row Row Your Boat – the nursery rhyme
When I was about 8 years old I sang that repeatedly, badly, as comically as I could to get my mother to laugh and defuse the ticking time-bomb that she was because she’d just had a fight with my father which had left her dissatisfied. Whenever that happened she found a reason to take out her frustration on me and I didn’t feel like being screamed at then lectured for hours afterwards so that she could feel better. It did the trick. But ruined the song for me.
Day 5 – A song that needs to be played loud
Barcelona – Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe
This is the song which comes to mind when I have a Eureka moment… and Eureka moments need to be celebrated loudly.
Day 6 – A song that makes you want to dance
One Step Beyond – Madness
“Hey you, don’t watch that, watch this
This is the heavy heavy monster sound
The nuttiest sound around…”
Even if you can’t dance, this song makes you dance and doesn’t mind if you look silly doing it.
Day 7 – A song to drive to
I don’t drive, but I do get driven.
The first rule of being a passenger is: the music is always chosen by the driver because they’re doing the driving and you don’t want to mess with their system.
The second rule of being a passenger is: stop screaming “we’re all going to die” whenever the driver pulls out and speeds up to pass another car.
My partner is usually my chauffeur, and he always chooses great music to drive along to. This is my favourite of the current playlist, I always sing along with the chorus really loudly and off key when it comes on. I like to sing the mf as though I’m that X-Files dude from Californication, the TV show.
Two Yards – Gangstagrass feat. Dolio the Sleuth and R-Son
Day 8 – A song about drugs or alcohol
Grounds For Divorce – Elbow
This reminds me of my childhood, of being the seldom seen child, of my parents fighting over trivialities as though those were vitally important, and of wishing that they would get a divorce like normal marrieds who hated each other.
Day 9 – A song that makes you happy
Gee Officer Krupke – West Side Story
Why does this make me happy? Because it celebrates being a human mess!
Day 10 – A song that makes you sad
Hope There’s Someone – Anthony and The Johnsons
It’s just the way he sings it… I just want to hug him and tell him it’s all going to be alright – I am not a hugger, and I’ve been told that I need to stop saying things like “Yeah, you’re probably effed! to people when they share their deepest darkest concerns. I’m supposed to lie to them. Okay… Actually I’ve gotten better at comforting people with lies, so yay me!
Day 11 – A song you never get tired of
The Snake – Al Wilson
Love it! That’s it!
Day 12 – A song from your preteen years
Tainted Love – Soft Cell
So many memories of just before I turned teen and… practiced what I would do as a teen. How did that work out? That’s for me to know and you to never find out (I’ve probably shared it all in a post)!
Day 13 – A song you like from the 70’s
Lord Grenville – Al Stewart
I was a kid in the 70’s and listened to a lot of psychedelic stuff for children and adult-children. This is something I liked later on. This was my favourite song on The Year of the Cat album.
Day 14 – A song you’d love to be played at your wedding
I’m already married. Didn’t have a wedding, neither of us wanted one. We just went to the local registry office to pledge our troths to each other and then went… shit wtf did we just do!?! Still together.
If we had had a wedding…
Wonderwall – Oasis
It’s so whiny but… reasons.
Day 15 – A song you like that’s a cover by another artist
Teardrop – Massive Attack cover by Newton Faulkner (the version below is recorded in an elevator)
He’s a redhead. He sings and can play the guitar at the same time. And this is a brilliant song regardless of who sings it. Massive Attack original version is mesmerising.
Day 16 – A song that’s a classic favourite
Another Brick In The Wall – Pink Floyd
This was an anthem when I was a child. Still is. Effing masterpiece!
Day 17 – A song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke
I’ve never been there or done that. It’s just never happened. But it looks like great fun.
You’re The One That I Want – Grease
Day 18 – A song from the year you were born
Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – B.J. Thomas
Love the film. Love this song.
Day 19 – A song that makes you think about life
Will It Go Round In Circles – Billy Preston
Day 20 – A song that has many meanings to you
Out Here On My Own – Irene Cara from Fame
The many meanings are a bit scattered. Fame was… FAME!!! Great film. But there was another singer who sang this song and that was cute and weird and… I can’t be bothered to explain things. It’s a great song which can be interpreted in as many ways as you can come up with depending on how and when you listen to it.
Day 21 – A song you like with a person’s name in the title
The Real Slim Shady – Eminem
He’s just such a hero for those of us who love the lowest form of wit!
Day 22 – A song that moves you forward
Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding (love his version, but the version below is very cool as is the story behind Playing for Change)
I bet you’re wondering how a song about sitting could move anyone forwards… keep wondering and just listen.
Day 23 – A song you think everybody should listen to
If I was a dictator, I’d make everyone listen to…
Uprising – Muse
Day 24 – A song by a band you wish were still together
I’m not into music in the sort of way which makes me wish a band were still together. Their music lives on. I really liked this band when they were together.
Eye In The Sky – Alan Parsons Project
Day 25 – A song you like by an artist no longer living
When Doves Cry – Prince
It was as though he was singing about what I was thinking… sort of. He was just so… let’s go crazy!
Day 26 – A song that makes you want to fall in love
There Must Be An Angel Playing With My Heart – Eurythmics
I don’t really want to fall in love again. Once was enough and it’s still going. But this song captures just how weirdly corny you get when you fall in love.
Day 27 – A song that breaks your heart
Che Faro Senza Euridice – Gluck from Orfeo ed Euridice
It’s the story more than the song which is heartbreaking. The hero’s love dies. He can’t live without her so he goes into the underworld to get her back. He gets her back on the condition that he doesn’t look behind him to see if she’s following him out of the underworld, if he looks at her before they reach the living world she’ll remain dead forever… guess what he does.
Day 28 – A song by an artist whose voice you love
Te Quiero Dijiste – Nat King Cole
It’s Nat King Cole…. enough said!
Day 29 – A song you remember from your childhood
One of the very first songs I learned to sing along to is…
Omocha No Cha Cha Cha – a Japanese children’s song
Day 30 – A song that reminds you of yourself
Shock The Monkey – Peter Gabriel
This is self-explanatory.
When I decided to do this I thought it would be easier than it turned out to be… I should have known but maybe I chose not to should have known for reasons which will remain unknown.
That’s it from me… Over to you!