30 Day Song Challenge

This very intriguing exercise in music appeared as a note on Facebook from a friend of mine.  She has an incredible breadth of knowledge, both musical and otherwise, and I am certain my list will be a bit less interesting than hers.  But, I cannot resist something that allows me to reflect on music . . .

Day 01 – Your favorite song:  Currently, I seem to always be coming back to Can’t Keep Johnny Down by They Might Be Giants



Day 02 – Your least favorite song: We Built This City by Jefferson Starship.  Hands down the most egregious thing ever committed to vinyl.



Day 03 – A song that makes you happy: Make Believe Mambo by David Byrne



Day 04 – A song that makes you sad: This Night Has Opened My Eyes by The Smiths

Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone:  Daughter by Pearl Jam



Day 06 – A song that reminds of you of somewhere: I Alone by Live.  Walking in the rain when I lived on the east end of Winona.



Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event: Stay the Night by Chicago.  Was playing on my Walkman the very first time I saw the Chicago skyline looming on the horizon. Anyone who has an abiding love of a city understands the importance of the first time.



Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to: Nightgown of the Sullen Moon by They Might Be Giants.  I am notoriously bad at remembering the words to songs, but made this song a personal challenge.



Day 09 – A song that you can dance to: Hey Ya! by OutKast



Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep: All Blues by Miles Davis.  A gorgeous, perfect piece of music that is also the most relaxing thing in the universe.



Day 11 – A song from your favorite band: Whatever by Husker Du



Day 12 – A song from a band you hate: With Arms Wide Open by Creed.  Hate the song, hate the band.



Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure: Only in My Dreams by Debbie Gibson.  Seriously.



Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love: Stand Up by Ludacris



Day 15 – A song that describes you: I used to feel that I Am A Rock by Simon and Garfunkel described me.  Now I realize that it still does, in it’s irony.



Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate: If I liked a song, I usually find myself coming back to it at some point, so I can’t say there is a song I used to love, but now hate.  One that makes me feel kind of creepy, in retrospect, is Illegal Alien by Genesis.  I really liked it when it came out… now it seems pretty… icky.



Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio: If I have to hear The Lazy Song from Bruno Mars again, I will drive knitting needles into my ears.



Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio: Chocolate Jesus by Tom Waits



Day 19 – A song from your favorite album: Wicked Game from Chris Isaak’s Heart Shaped World



Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry: Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine



Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy:  Groove is in the Heart by Dee-Lite



Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad: Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley



Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding:  Wedding, schmedding



Day 24 – A song that you want played at your funeral:  Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Ralph Vaughan Williams



Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh: Goodbye Earl by The Dixie Chicks



Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument: I can play the marimba/xylophone part from the Cure’s Close to Me



Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play: After the Goldrush by Neil Young



Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty: Hey There, Delilah by the Palin White Ts.  It reminds me of some things I have lost.



Day 29 – A song from your childhood:  El Paso by Marty Robbins



Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year: My favorite songs are not very often usurped by anything recent… plus I have a terrible memory for specifics.  Probably listening to Du Hast by Rammstein for the four-thousandth time.


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