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Day 27: A song you wish you could play

6 Jul

Simply put:  Anything from Van Halen.  Eddie can really jam.

Days 23, 24, 25, & 26

5 Jul

Whoa boy, I’m getting behind again…  At least I’ll be done with this thing by the end of this week!  Yippy!!!!!

So on to the make-up days:

Day 23:  A song you want to play at your wedding:

So I’m already married, but if I were to do it over again, I’d pick this song, hands down.  Ever since hearing this version at the end of Scrubs (yes, I said the end.  I know there was a 9th season, we’re not going there), I knew that if I ever got re-married (or renewed our vows, whatever), I’d have this song played.

Day 24:  A song you want played at your funeral:

Since I want my funeral to be a happy occasion, celebrating my life, not mourning my death (if you don’t want to be cut out of my will, you’ll celebrate, not mourn.  I will be watching.), I’d probably pick a happier song than this one.  However, since this is the best funeral song I can think of, I’m throwing it up here:

Maybe this is just assuming that I will die with a bunch of others…

Day 25:  A song that makes you laugh.

Got the perfect one for this, if only I could find it…  The song I’d love to put up here is Rick Bedrosian’s (of Hair-of-the-Dog, an irish folk band from Saratoga, NY) I used to work in Chicago.  I can’t find it, but here is a link to the song:  I Used to Work in Chicago

Day 26: A song you can play on an instrument:

There are a lot of songs I can play on an instrument.  The only real question is:  “Can I play them well?”  Well, some I can, some probably not.  This is one of the great things about playing a few instruments:  you can generally play lots of songs.  I play baritone horn, trombone, bass, and a little guitar (I’m learning anyway).  So there are a number of songs I can play.  My favorite is this one:

 

 

 

 

Days 19 and 20: 30 Day Music Challenge

29 Jun

Yesterday was a bit crazy and I was not able to post (again).  So here are my catch ups from yesterday and today:

Day 19:  A song from your favorite album.

Well crap.  I’m not sure I can think of what my favorite album is.  Favorite “indie” album?  Probably Guster’s Easy Wonderful.  Favorite Rap album?  Dr. Dre’s The Chronic.  Favorite “rock” album?  The Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Favorite pop album?  Dave Matthews Band’s Listener Supported.  Favorite soundtrack?  It’s a 3-way tie between Wicked, Les Mis, and Avenue Q.  So, in the name of expedience, I’ll just randomly pick one from the above:

I love this song.

Day 20:  A song you listen to while angry

GRRRRR.. I’m so angry!!!!  This is what I listen to!!!!!  GRRRRRRRR  Gotta hit back to my 80’s roots for angry songs.  Today’s music there really isn’t much (that’s worth listening to anyway).

If not that then this:

30 Day Music Challenge

27 Jun

Sorry I haven’t written in a while.  It was a VERY LOOOOOOOONG weekend.  I’ll tell you all about it at some point in time.  Maybe.  If you’re lucky….

Anyway, on to the challenge:

Day 15:  A song that describes you:

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve become snarky, pessimistic, and a general tool.  So here’s the perfect song for my jerky self:

Day 16:  A song you used to love, but now hate

I love 80’s music.  Plain and simple.  I grew up listening to Van Halen, Motley Crue, Megadeath, etc.  I love them all.  Except for the power ballads.  I used to love this song, but have grown sick of it, due to my own overplaying it.

Day 17:  A song you hear often on the radio

Ok, this is very difficult for me.  I don’t really listen to the radio.  Sure I listen to Pandora all day at work, and in the morning while getting ready, but I don’t listen to the radio in the car.  This stems from having Sirius for 10 years.  One gets used to not having commercials, or censored music.  I can’t listen to the radio anymore, it just bugs me.  Of course I hate all forms of censorship, but that’s a tale for another day.  So I guess I have to pick a song I hear a lot on Pandora.  Not a problem.   I love this song.  I’m a sucker for jazz clarinet.  I also like the message in this song.

Day 18:  A song you wish you heard on the radio

I’ve got to go back to the 70’s for this one.  It’s a song by one of my favorite artists, who died in 1981.  He had one #1 hit.  Sadly, this is the song of his I like the least.  This song of his, I particularly like on his Greatest Stories Live album (which I have in vinyl, cd, and mp3, yeah I’m awesome like that).  Without further adieu, Mr. Harry Chapin:

Now that I’m all caught up, I hope to not get that far behind again…

30 day music challenge: Days 4&5

13 Jun

Let’s start with Day 4 – A song that makes you sad, shall we (Why yes, that would be the logical order of things)?  That’s another tough one.  In my post on Day 1, I stated what I thought were the requirements for a favorite song.

“A song that has some meaning behind it.  There should be some deep     emotional bond with the song, or an event that took place while the song was playing (even if it was only in my head).  Good music should leave a lasting impression upon you.”

If I have formed emotional attachments to some songs, it would make sense that there would be at least one that would make me feel sad, wouldn’t it?  After taking the entire weekend to think about it, I believe I have an answer.  Yes.  Yes, there are songs that make me sad.  Take Jackopierce’s song Jacob, for instance:

I have connected with Jacob in the song.  He goes through some very emotional trauma in the song.  I know the ending is very strong and happy, but the beginning and middle are quite sad.  I picture my son calling his grandmother and her saying that his mom doesn’t love me anymore.  That just breaks my heart.

Another song which makes me sad would be Harry Chapin’s Taxi.

You really feel for Harry in this one.  His long lost love comes back into his life and all he gets for reliving the good times they have is a quick “We must get together” and a $20 bill.

On to Day 5 – A song that reminds you of someone.  There are so many songs that remind me of people.  Usually, it is a song that was playing during some event or function we both happened to attend.  It could be as simple as me and so & so driving in the car together.  Should I think of a person first, then a song that reminds me of them?  Or think of a song, and apply it to someone in my life?  Way back when I was working at Camp, I met a guy who would become one of my best friends.  Sadly, I’ve lost track of him over the years, but I know if we were to get together, it would be just like old times.  We sang this song during the Airband competition in 1996.  Every time I hear it, I think of him and the awesome times we had at camp.

30 day music challenge: Day 3 – Song that makes you Happy

11 Jun

This one has me stumped.  What is a song that makes me happy?  Such a tough choice.  There are happy songs, sure.  But do they make me happy?  Take The Barenaked Ladie’s song If I had $1,000,000, yeah it’s a very happy song, but does it make me happy?  Maybe I’m reading into this too much.  Maybe my choice doesn’t have to be so difficult.  I guess I could just pick any song at random, and make up some bologna about how it makes me happy, but that would be that.  That’s not who I am, however.  I just can’t do it.  For goodness sake, it took me 2 days to come up with a least favorite song, and even then I had to pick a top 3….

I guess I’m going to go with an old standby.  It’s probably in my top 10 favorite songs.  It even has happy in the title.  Guster’s Happy Frappy is a song that makes me happy for sure.  It has an upbeat tempo, pleasant words, and a great tune.  It’s the closest thing I can think of at the moment.

Day 2 – Least favorite song

10 Jun

So yesterday I wrote about how I have a huge variety of music in my ipod.  I like just about everything.  This is why picking a least favorite song is so difficult.  I think I have it narrowed down, however.

Here are the top 3:

The reality is, any/all Cher song(s) would make the top 3

There you have it.  My top 3 least favorite songs.  Total Eclipse of the Heart is probably my least favorite thanks to one of my roommates at Camp.  For whatever reason, it was his favorite song.  Me and the 2 other guys in our room hated that song.  We were huge fans of Simon and Garfunkel.  Every night we listened to S&G’s greatest hits.  We listened to it so much to this day, my buddy and I know all the harmonies and can sing them perfectly.  So roommate #4 didn’t like S&G, he wanted Total Eclipse of the Heart darn it!  I think it’s his incessant whining that made me hate that song.  The other two are/were just way over played and simply annoying.

30 day music challenge

8 Jun

Life’s Little Slices has started a 30 day music challenge.  I’m going to give it a shot starting tomorrow.  I may stretch this out longer than 30 days, but I WILL get through all 30 challenges.

Day 01: Your favorite song
Day 02: Your least favorite song
Day 03: A song that makes you happy
Day 04: A song that makes you sad
Day 05: A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06: A song that reminds of you of somewhere
Day 07: A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08: A song that you know all the words to
Day 09: A song that you can dance to
Day 10: A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11: A song from your favorite band
Day 12: A song from a band you hate
Day 13: A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14: A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15: A song that describes you
Day 16: A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17: A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18: A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19: A song from your favorite album
Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25: A song that makes you laugh
Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27: A song that you wish you could play
Day 28: A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29: A song from your childhood
Day 30: Your favorite song at this time last year

Let me know what you think of my choices.  I know I’ll get funny looks from my selection(s).