I didn’t post anything last week (call it about as busy as someone who has no real job can get). I’m making up for it by posting twice this week. One non-writing and one writing-related post. Ready? Break!
Every once in a while, a really good meme out there on the Interwebs will catch my eye. They usually have to do with either books or music or writers or something that doesn’t ask my favorite color and the name of my “bestie” (I’m on a crusade, by the way, to take that word out. I find it irritating when anyone over the age of 12 uses it and expects to be taken seriously). When I see those good ones (and they’re few and far between) I just can’t pass them up. This 30 Day Song Challenge is going around, so of course I wanted to participate. The problem is that I’m entirely too impatient to space my answers out over a whole month, thus giving me the opportunity to over-think them (like I do most things). So I’m going with the Kerouac “first-thought-best-thought” method here. Anyway, this ties in nicely with my Desert Island Top 5 Albums post. Anything that’s linked will take you to YouTube (in a new tab/window) where you can listen to all or part of the song (this is a good way to find some new music, anyway).
Also, I encourage anyone else with a blog to participate (it’s fun and it’s a great way to procrastinate). If you don’t have a blog, I’m still interested in your answers, and welcome you to leave them in the comments section.
But be warned: decisiveness is not always one of my strong suits. There might be more than one answer sometimes.
1. Your Favorite Song
At this very moment, it’s a true toss-up between my long-standing favorite, “Just Like Heaven” by The Cure and a more recent favorite, “Headlock” by Imogen Heap. Former and current ring tones on my phone, respectively (FYI).
2. Your Least Favorite Song
It would take me forever to list all of the songs I hate *so* much, so I’ll choose a more recent one. “Hey Soul Sister” by Train. I’m not even linking to that because it would mean I’d have to listen to it. No. Thanks.
3. A Song That Makes You Happy
There are a lot of songs that make me happy. This is one: The Strokes – “Last Nite”
4. A Song That Makes You Sad
“If (Jeannie’s Song)” by Butch Walker. At the beginning of this, he says “I wrote this song about cancer” so that gives you some indication. Hopefully you can actually hear the song (I couldn’t find a version that wasn’t live and can’t listen to the whole thing). If not, check out the lyrics. I was at a show a few days before Christmas in 2002 that was just Butch Walker and his acoustic guitar. Right before he sang this, he said “I’m going to apologize if I don’t make it through this one. I got a call right before I came out here.” And about halfway through, he started crying. Everyone just froze. It was so quiet. For many other reasons, this song depresses the hell out of me.
Alternatively, “Fire & Rain” by James Taylor. Can’t listen to it.
5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone
“Return to Innocence” by Enigma reminds me of Jonathan Taylor Thomas (if you can make that association, I will be most impressed. Obviously I know why, but if your memory is sharp like mine [ha!] leave it in the comments).
6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere
As with most college towns, mine had a skeezy dive bar. It was called Chuck’s (RIP Chuck’s). A few professors from my university had a band called Faculty Lounge that played at this bar. Shortly before my graduation, we were all hanging out at Chuck’s watching Faculty Lounge, who played mostly covers. They sang R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World As We Know It” and dedicated it to all the seniors. We’d had one or two too many NASCAR-themed drinks and sang along loudly. This song reminds me of Susquehanna and being with my friends and, in particular, Chuck’s.
7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event
“New Year’s Day” by U2 and “Amanda” by Boston remind me of 9/11 because those were the songs predominantly stuck in my head the night of the 10th and then all day on the 11th. Funny what we remember, huh?
8. A Song That You Know All of the Words
Billy Joel – “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
9. A Song You Can Dance To
69 Boyz – “The Tootsie Roll” (Ah, junior high dances.) I had to quit listening to this in the car. It was becoming dangerous and I was afraid I was going to die in a fiery crash doing the Tootsie Roll while driving.
10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep
I don’t usually find that I can sleep listening to music. This relaxes me though. Ingrid Michaelson – “Glass”
11. A Song From Your Favorite Band
Basically everything by Butch Walker. “Maybe It’s Just Me” sounds good.
12. A Song From a Band You Hate
Anything by Train. Or Avril Lavigne. Or most country bands. Or…
13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure
Britney Spears – “Toxic”
14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love
The Carpenters – “Merry Christmas, Darling”
15. A Song That Describes You
Well, gosh. Where to begin. This seems as good a place as any. (Not really. Well, maybe… but okay.)
16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now Hate
The only thing that comes immediately to mind is “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion.
17. A Song That You Hear Often On the Radio
Taylor Swift – “You Belong With Me”
18. A Song That You Wish You Heard On the Radio
Anything by the Weepies, really. This is just the first one that I thought of.
19. A Song From Your Favorite Album
Butch Walker – “Best Thing You Never Had” (off of the 2004 album Letters). Bonus! I linked you to a live performance from the show I went to in Philly last May :) (…This person must have been standing close to me, because that was basically my view.)
20. A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry
When I’m seriously angry, I’ll listen to the whole Nine Inch Nails Pretty Hate Machine album. “That’s What I Get” is just one of the songs on it.
21. A Song You Listen To When You’re Happy
Michael Jackson – “Human Nature”
22. A Song You Listen To When You’re Sad
Sad or introspective or nostalgic. Jimmy Eat World – “For Me This Is Heaven”
23. A Song That You Want to Play At Your Wedding
Umm, I don’t really know. But the other day I told my friend (who is getting married this summer) to make sure her wedding DJ has “Hello” by Lionel Richie so that I can dedicate it to her. This has to be one of the most inadvertently hilarious videos of all time. I should get her a clay bust of Lionel for her wedding. Hmm…
24. A Song That You Want to Play At Your Funeral
I don’t think I’ll be playing anything. I’ll be dead. Just don’t let the communion song be “Lord Jesus Christ we humbly pray that we may feast on you this day” because that one really creeps me out.
25. A Song That Makes You Laugh
Chicago – “If You Leave Me Now” ….. Duh. Let me go set up ye olde record player and dig out my 45s…
26. A Song That You Can Play On An Instrument
Unfortunately, I can’t locate a video of any kind of stellar performance of “The Dancing Bear” — which is what I played at my piano recital in 2nd grade. However…. Paul Simon – “You Can Call Me Al” … I can play that on trombone. Possibly also on the flute/piccolo if I practiced that solo enough. Haven’t played my flute or trombone in years, sadly. I just carry them around in the trunk of my car…. just in case.
27. A Song You Wish You Could Play
I wish I could play anything on guitar. I really like “Breakdown” by Tom Petty.
28. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
Anything appearing in a Catholic hymnal?
29. A Song From Your Childhood
Whitney Houston – “The Greatest Love of All” …. that was my JAM when I was 4. Predictably, my dad still tears up every time he hears it. I, on the other hand, wish to dedicate it to Tom Corbett.
30. Your Favorite Song At This Time Last Year
I was listening to the new BW & The BWs album on repeat, so I’d say it was probably something on that album. Hard to pick just one favorite, so I’ll go with “She Likes Hair Bands” (by Butch Walker)