I just learned of this challenge from seeing it on Michelle's blog. Great timing, me. The month is just about over. Oh well, I thought I'd catch up with it in one mega-post.
The deal is to think of 30 songs that address a range of questions... most of which, I think, are meant to help uncover the real you. Do they really? Aw, who cares, I had fun doing it. Apologies for taking a pass on some of the questions, and for not linking every song to a place where you can listen to it. It may have been fun, but I didn't have a ton of time...
Day 01 – Your favorite song
This normally would have me scratching my head, what with all the decades and genres of good stuff out there. But this was asked before, and I happily settled on Rush's Closer to the Heart. (The link takes you to an extended concert version... the only way to fly.)
Day 02 – Your least favorite song
Yikes, that's difficult. For years I hated the Beatles' Wild Honey Pie, because I thought it was John viciously mocking Paul's Honey Pie. However, it really was Paul making goofy fun of himself!
Okay, I'm going to be controversial here: I'm no longer a fan of Pink Floyd's Time, from Dark Side of the Moon. I admit that it's a classic, quality piece of songwriting. But the way I interpret the lyrics, there's a deep black core of nihilism at the center of this thing. Every year older that I get, I want to fight against such pessimism more and more, and with everything I've got.
Day 03 – A song that makes you happy
Ah, good. Something more uplifting. Can anyone listen to Supertramp's Give A Little Bit and not have their mood instantly boosted into the stratosphere?
Day 04 – A song that makes you sad
Blegh. There are too many of those. The first thing that comes to mind is that the sax solo in Springsteen's Jungleland sounds so much sadder since we lost the Big Man.
Day 05 – A song that reminds you of someone
Billy Joel's The Longest Time.
Day 06 – A song that reminds you of somewhere
The Outfield's Your Love is psychically connected to Philadelphia's 30th Street Station in the spring of 1986. So you get a "somewhere" and a "somewhen" all tangled up in a wibbly-wobbly ball.
Day 07 – A song that reminds you of a certain event
Tom Petty's I Won't Back Down serves a doubly sad duty. Its original release in 1989 seemed timed to be the soundtrack of the Tienanmen Square student protest and crackdown. Later, it gave voice to my feelings about another event.
Day 08 – A song that you know all the words to
Putting aside Rush (since so many of Neil Peart's lyrics have been weaved into my DNA), I'd like to say something morally uplifting like Queen's Under Pressure. However, I think I'd score a B- to C+ if I was tested on it. Groan, I've got to admit that one I'd probably do really well on is AC/DC's You Shook Me All Night Long.
Day 09 – A song that you can dance to
If anyone has footage of myself and friends in college dancing around to the Housemartins' weird anthem Me and the Farmer, I'll pay dearly for its destruction.
Day 10 – A song that makes you fall asleep
I'm not sure if it's ever actually caused me to lose consciousness, but I think the most soothing, calming song in all of existence is the Fleetwoods' Come Softly To Me. (Thanks, Libby.)
Day 11 – A song from your favorite band
Haven't I talked enough about those three guys from Willowdale?
Day 12 – A song from a band you hate
Gosh, there may be plenty of songs that I just can't stand, but I can't think of a band or artist that I'd put into that category. Even the ones I think are politically stupid are just doing what they think is right.
Day 13 – A song that is a guilty pleasure
I have no idea why, but... Kid Rock's Wasting Time.
Day 14 – A song that no one would expect you to love
See above? :-)
Day 15 – A song that describes you
I've been answering these out of order, so #24 below covers my first choice(s).
Day 16 – A song that you used to love but now hate
Back to Rush (sort of), so we're not really talking hatred, here. But I often get annoyed with radio program directors, whose knowledge of this band seems to begin and end with the same song: their biggest hit, Tom Sawyer. Whenever I hear it on the radio these days I end up switching stations.
HOWEVER, a few years ago, I heard a remix of it (from the soundtrack a movie called "Small Soldiers") that blew me away and breathed new life into this song for me. So I went from love to hate, then back around to love again. :-)
Day 17 – A song that you hear often on the radio
I came up with a short list of overplayed finalists yesterday, and I decided to let fate decide the winner. The next one I heard on the radio would be the one. The very next time I got in the car, to pick up my son from karate, I heard one of them right away: Jimi Hendrix's version of All Along the Watchtower.
But guess what? Not so overplayed, because I listened through the whole thing. Still a damn good song.
Day 18 – A song that you wish you heard on the radio
No one ever seems to play ELO's Hold On Tight (To Your Dreams) any more.
Day 19 – A song from your favorite album
V is for Vienna.
Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry
I guess I don't tend to plug in to music when I'm angry. But if you want to channel your anger into personal power, you can't go wrong with Pink's So What.
Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Again, I don't think I run for the MP3 player when I'm feeling a strong emotion. In the past, though, I was known to cycle through Van Morrison's Jackie Wilson Said, over and over, when feeling in an exuberant mood.
Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad
If I see myself start to wallow, I do my darndest to snap out of it. Exercise, fueled by up-tempo stuff on my MP3 player, can sometimes do the trick. No one specific song, though.
Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding
We didn't do the big catered shin-dig... no band or DJ. Just the ceremony on a Saturday (with 6 or 7 people in attendance), then the party the next day -- a backyard gathering of about 30 to 40 people -- with somebody's boombox playing in the background. I guess I wish we'd squeezed in Bill Withers' Lean on Me at some point, but the occasion was pretty much perfect none the less.
Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral
There are two that I can't decide between. Both are by the same artist, and they share a word in their titles. John Gorka wrote a song called "Good" in 1991, and then a song called "Good Noise" in 1994. They're very different songs, but I'd like to think their intersection defines the person that I'd like to be remembered as being. (Hm... Youtube doesn't seem to have "Good." I may have to post some lyrics.)
Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
Do parodies count? (best line: coffee table)
Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument
Nope... I don't think I could even do Chopsticks correctly at this point. :-)
Day 27 – A song that you wish you could play
Journey's Don't Stop Believin. (Piano intro only) :-)
Day 28 – A song that makes you feel guilty
The Eagles' Hotel California. Ain't ever telling the story behind thaaaaat.
Day 29 – A song from your childhood
10cc's The Things We Do For Love was freakin' everywhere.
Day 30 – Your favorite song at this time last year
Ha! I can actually check to see what I added to my electronic storehouse about one year ago, can't I? The closest match in time is Prince's Kiss. (Gotta love how he drops the falsetto at the end, right?) If you limit it to new songs, then Muse's Madness.