Even though I did this over a month ago, I had at least two songs for every “day” category. Since this is my blog, I can wax on poetic about the “30 Day Song Challenge” as much as I want. Now with the aid of my iTunes playlist, I give you the runners-up.
day 01 – your favorite song: I can’t stray from Led Zeppelin. The first time around it was “The Rain Song.” This time, it’s “When the Levee Breaks.” It’s everything I love about Zep—dirty, hard, and soulful. Yes, at the root this good girl likes her cock rock.
day 02 – your least favorite song: I guess if we take into account “day 01” it would be something non-cock rock like “Tom Sawyer” by Rush. I really dislike Rush. I can’t stand that voice.
day 03 – a song that makes you happy: Uncle Luke, “Scarred.” Try taking the smile off my face. I love this man.
day 04 – a song that makes you sad: Obvious choice, R.E.M’s “Everybody Hurts.” I hate seeing Michael Stipe sad. It sucks.
day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone: “Money Ain’t a Thing.” This Jay-Z classic immediately reminds me of Sarah, bar counters, shots, and glitter.
day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere: Toto’s “Africa” was, ironically, always on the radio when I was living in Chile.
day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event: Frankly, this whole list could be U2. I’ll never forget when I heard “Where the Streets Have No Name” during their 2007 concert in Chile. I can barely type now as I listen to the clip on You Tube. Nothing compares to U2.
day 08 – a song that you know all the words to: My other go-to karaoke song, “Hard to Handle” by the Black Crowes. Technically it’s not their words, but I can sing Chris Robinson’s version inflection-by-inflection.
day 09 – a song that you can dance to: “Microdancing” by the Babasónicos is ridiculously fun. And as the title implies, it’s great to dance to. The video also provides nice dance moves.
day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep: I’m a narcoleptic so any song can potentially make me fall asleep. In my first survey first place went to the Kings of Convenience, “The Weight of My Words.” Runner-up would definitely have to be Smashing Pumpkins “Soma.” A classic from high school that still makes me nod off.
day 11 – a song from your favorite band: I wouldn’t say I have a favorite band, singular; especially since this list is composed of my favorite bands, plural. Choosing a favorite song among them is even more difficult. Last time I went with Coldplay’s “Clocks” which I have sappily already blogged about. In that spirit, this song would need to be one that I would die to experience live—“She’s Electric” by Oasis. This song is in my DNA and if my life needed a soundtrack it would be this track.
day 12 – a song from a band you hate: Anything from Dashboard Confessional. Apparently “Hands Down” is one of their “hits”. So whiny, I can’t deal.
day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure: Anything from Wham! or George Michael. I don’t feel guilty about it, maybe I should, but life’s too short to live without this type of sunshine. “I’m Your Man” may not have been written with someone like me in mind, but I don’t care. It’s the best!
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love: I feel that this list probably already illustrates my eclectic taste, so it’s hard to think of a song. But considering my aversion to any band that may have played at Lilith Fair, I’d have to say “Because the Night” by 10,000 Maniacs. It may be one of the only feminine vocals that I actually like.
day 15 – a song that describes you: The The’s “This is the Day.” An accordion, stardust, and optimistic/dreamy lyrics. Enough said.
day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate: Once upon a time I thought The Sounds’ “Dance with Me” was hot shit. Now I can’t stand it. But pre-gaming music was never about quality. You just needed ambient music as you put on eyeliner.
day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio: Adele’s “Rolling In the Deep.” A great song that will be unbearable to hear in approximately one week.
day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio: DLG’s “La Quiero a Morir.” I think this song would provoke lots of car accidents since people would become so excited and in need of dancing that they wouldn’t be able to drive.
day 19 – a song from your favorite album: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill remains unparalleled. I love all the songs so choosing one is impossible. But if I had to, it’s a toss-up between “To Zion” and “Tell Him.”
day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry: “Go With the Flow” by Queens of the Stone Age. It’s the first thing that popped into my head. This video is amazing.
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy: “Road to Nowhere” by the Talking Heads. A real beauty. I sing this to myself all the time. I think it’s an upbeat way to come to terms with graduate life.
day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad: Easy. “How Soon is Now?” by The Smiths. With lyrics like “There’s a club, if you’d like to go/You could meet someone who really loves you/So you go, and you stand on your own/And you leave on your own/And you go home/And you cry/And you want to die” this song was made for moody-time.
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding: In another life, Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell.” It seems like a nice wedding song.
day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral: This is such a weird question and as an incurable optimist, I return to my original response: “El ídolo” by the Babasónicos. It’s the only song I’d ever want to play at said event.
day 25 – a song that makes you laugh: “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah.” SNL-people write the catchiest and funniest fake songs.
day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument: Put a piano in front of me and I could probably eke out “Heart and Soul.” So much for 5 years of flute lessons.
day 27 – a song that you wish you could play: “Concierto de Aranjuez” on guitar. Or any instrument in this song. Just gorgeous all together.
day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty: Suzanne Vega’s “My Name is Luka.” Sad lyrics set to a terribly catchy tune. Did anyone help this kid in the end?
day 29 – a song from your childhood: Europe’s “The Final Countdown” reminds me of the Cold War and hence my childhood.
day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year: “El Za Za Za (Mesa Que Mas Aplauda)” by Climax. It was quite the hit among the BMA interns.