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.