30 Day Song Challenge
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Day 1 – A song you like with a color in the title
Hiroshi Yoshimura – Green
I’m already cheating because this is an album not a song, but at least there is also a song on the album called “Green”. It’s a classic, naturalistic ambient album that’s calm and doesn’t ask too much of the listener, but is still interesting enough to listen to many times over.
Day 2 – A song you like with a number in the title
Soundgarden – 4th of July
My grandma died on the 4th of July, 3 days after my 18th birthday, and I remember driving around town listening to this song a lot. Your 18th is a dividing line in almost everyone’s life, but mine even more so for obvious reasons. Before that year, my parents and I went together to the same place in the park to watch fireworks. That night, neither of them wanted to go, and things were never really the same again.
Day 3 – A song that reminds you of summertime
Pearl Jam – MFC
4th of July does, for obvious reasons. But I think reusing one already would be cheating. This is a song from about the same time in my life – a couple of months later, about to go away to college for the first time. Spoilers: it didn’t go very well. So this song reminds me of that entire debacle. Probably not what is meant by “a song that reminds you of summertime”, but it’s the best I can think of right now.
Day 4 – A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget
Sloan – Coax Me
Day 5 – A song that needs to be played loud
Perturbator – Tained Empire
Yup. Crank it.
Day 6 – A song that makes you want to dance
Talking Heads – Once in a Lifetime
There is no such thing. I literally have never danced in my life. I’m listing this song because I’m willing to do the arm chop dance thing if necessary, to fulfill the list requirement.
Day 7 – A song to drive to
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist – Product Placement
The obvious answer is Radar Love by Golden Earring. So I’m subverting that with this instead. A great album to make the time disappear when you’re driving down a boring road.
Day 8 – A song about drugs or alcohol
The Streets – Blinded by the Lights
This song’s “about” drugs, but it’s not really about drugs. You know.
Day 9 – A song that makes you happy
HASTILY MADE CLEVELAND TOURISM VIDEO
Does anything “make” me happy? Doubt it. This is a good video though.
Day 10 – A song that makes you sad
Neutral Milk Hotel – Two-Headed Boy
Day 11 – A song you never get tired of
Pink Floyd – Dogs
Day 12 – A song from your preteen years
Weird Al Yankovic – Dare To Be Stupid
I didn’t really listen to much music in my preteen years. You had to actually buy music in those days – or listen to the radio. And my parents didn’t listen to music ever. So here’s one I remember listening to. Though I couldn’t tell you how I found Weird Al. This is one of the first albums (cassette) I ever bought.
Day 13 – A song you like from the 70s
Kraftwerk – The Robots
Kraftwerk invented electronic music, dude. No, really. No, really.