So, yesterday, my sister Kayla sent me a 30 day song challenge. But why would I waste 30 days on it when I could do all 30 right now?! Get ready for action! An extra rule I’ve given myself: no repeat artists.
DAY 1: A song you like with a color in the title
“Blueberry Hill” by Fats Domino
Beautiful, sad, serene
DAY 2: A song you like with a number in the title
“One More Time” by Daft Punk
We entered Kayla’s wedding reception to this song. What a star-studded moment.
DAY 3: Your favorite post-breakup song
“Damned If I Do Ya (Damned If I Don’t)” by All Time Low
“Something’s telling me to leave, but I won’t.”
DAY 4: A song you like with a location in the title
“Penny Lane” by The Beatles
That was a pretty easy pick. Don’t forget to keep your fire engine clean!
DAY 5: A song you like that uses a sample
“Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt” by DJ Shadow
According to the sticker on the cellophane from the record, Rolling Stone called him “the Jimi Hendrix or Jimmy Page of the sampler.” They’re right.
DAY 6: A song your family played around the house
“Come Sail Away” by Styx
My father would play it on guitar in the hallway between my room and my sisters’ room. Later, Kayla picked it as her father-daughter dance at her wedding.
DAY 7: A song that makes you feel energized
“Lose Yourself” by Eminem
There is no better pre-game jam.
DAY 8: A song you like that’s used in a movie
“Everybody Needs Somebody (To Love)” by The Blues Brothers
I can hear that horn section now. Honorable mention to “Minnie The Moocher”. Earthbound geniusly parodied them.
DAY 9: A song that makes you want to have sex
“Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye
I mean, I’m not even gonna explain it.
DAY 10: A song you like that tells a story
“Ballad of a Thin Man” by Bob Dylan
Obviously, I had to pick Dylan for this one. He’s the greatest storyteller of all time, perhaps second to Isaac Asimov (who I featured on the blog yesterday).
DAY 11: A song that makes you cry
“Timing” by Bilmuri
“Can you give me a chance?”
DAY 12: A song you like to sing at karaoke
“That’s Life” by Frank Sinatra
I hear you can get mugged at certain serious karaoke bars if you steal somebody’s Sinatra tune and steal their thunder, so I try to do this one at casual events. Then again, I try to avoid karaoke, unless coffee is also involved.
DAY 13: A song from the 60s/70s/80s
What the hell? Pick one, you indecisive pricks! Why not the 50s? The 90s? Fine! I’ll do all three!
The 60s: “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” by Iron Butterfly
The 70s: “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos
The 80s: “Missing You” by John Waite
Track one is long and perfect. Track two has the most moving piano section ever. Track three is super sad.
DAY 14: A song you like that uses an unconventional instrument
“Engine” by Neutral Milk Hotel
The singing saw! I’m a singing sawyer, myself, and I’ve played along to this one a few times.
DAY 15: A song you like that’s a cover
“I Will Survive” by Cake (Originally by Gloria Gaynor)
Gloria’s version is a classic. And Cake’s version is, too! Holy crap, they nailed this cover, and totally made it their own. I just listened to the Fashion Nugget album yesterday.
DAY 16: A song that’s fun to scream along to
“Mr. Brightside” by The Killers
A whole album of tracks you can wail along to! When I hear this one, I always imagine the scene from Hey Arnold where Helga gets stuck in Arnold’s closet.“Now they’re going to bed, and my stomach is sick – And it’s all in my head, but she’s touching his…”
DAY 17: A song from your pre-teen years
“Bye Bye Bye” by N*SYNC
And my post-teen years, too. Not so much the teen years- I was very closeted.
DAY 18: A song you like from the year you were born (1992)
“Nightswimming” by R.E.M.
One of my favorites, ever. Did you know John Paul Jones arranged the string section? This cassette got me through my first semester of engineering school.
DAY 19: A song you’d play for your haters
“In Da Club” by 50 Cent
“And if they hate, then let ’em hate, and watch the money pile up.”
DAY 20: A song everyone loves but you can’t stand
“Shut Up And Dance” by WALK THE MOON
Nah, I’ll leave this video out.
The first time I heard this song was about two weeks before it was everywhere. It was recommended to me by a girl I had been flirting with for a while. Instantly, I thought it was annoying. I never spoke to her again. I hear she’s happily married now, so it was all for the better.
DAY 21: A song you like with a person’s name in it
“Walk Away Renee” by The Left Banke
This is from one of the most under-appreciated albums of the 60s. Also hear “I Haven’t Got The Nerve” and just the rest of it.
DAY 22: The song you’d play at your wedding
“Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
It played at Kayla’s wedding, and the whole place was raucous. I want that at my wedding, too.
DAY 23: A song you love that’s an opening track on an album
“Feeling This” by blink-182
They also opened with it when I saw them live. Perfect. Oh yeah, and this video rules.
DAY 24: A song with lyrics you love
“Elephant” by Tame Impala
“He pulled the mirrors off his Cadillac, because he doesn’t like it looking like he looks back.” Fucking badass.
DAY 25: A song you love but would be embarrassed if it started playing loudly from your laptop at a coffee shop (AKA your guilty pleasure)
“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia
I don’t feel guilt about almost any songs anymore. If my headphones came unplugged while I was listening to this, or “Breathe” by Michelle Branch, I would look around to see which girl started singing along, and give her my number.
DAY 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love
“Rave On” by Buddy Holly
When I’m asked to list my top 5 artists, Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan are the two that always make the list.
DAY 27: A song that calms you down
“Marquee Moon” by Television
It’s hard to be anything but awestruck when these 10 minutes of guitars are playing. I almost picked it for best lyrics, also for a line about a Cadillac.
DAY 28: A song with great vocals
“Time Bomb” by The Format
Nate Ruess is one of my idols. Kayla introduced me to The Format, and we jam Dog Problems and the live version of “Janet” in the car all the time. Now, she’s introduced her kids to it, and they always ask me to play “Tick-Tock you’re not a clock.”
DAY 29: A song you believe is a genuinely good one-hit wonder
“Teenage Dirtbag” by Wheatus
Lots of choices here. “I Melt With You” by Modern English. “Steal My Sunshine” by Len. “American Boy” by Estelle. But “Teenage Dirtbag” is too good to pass up.
DAY 30: A song you’d listen to while wistfully looking out the window of a bus
“Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones
Very popular, and for very good reason. But I prefer to listen to it alone.
There ya go.