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30 day music challenge

Day 21: A favorite song with a person’s name in the title.

I never realized how many songs I like fit into this category. Considering what’s going on in my life right now, I should probably go with Rod Stewart’s Maggie May or Simon & Garfunkel’s Mrs. Robinson, but instead I’m putting Angie by The Rolling Stones at the top of the list. Next is Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe, one of the greatest songs ever. Other favorites include:

Speaking of Brandon Boyd, he’s also been known to sing a few bars of Billie Jean now and then, and he’s been quoted as saying his favorite song ever is Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne. I never loved it, but for him, and because it’s pretty, I’ll offer up the Judy Collins version. Speaking of Judy Collins, there’s a song about her called Suite: Judy Blue Eyes by Crosby, Stills & Nash. There are lots of songs with the name Ruby in the title, so I’ll only mention a few: Ruby by The Kaiser Chiefs, Ruby Soho by Rancid, and Rubylove by Cat Stevens. I also have to include a few Jenny songs (since that’s my real name), and there are several, the classic of all time being Jenny Jenny by Tommy Tutone. There’s also Jenny by Walk the Moon, Jenny Was a Friend of Mine by The Killers, and Jennifer Juniper by Donovan. And finally, since I named my cat after it, here’s Kiwi by Maroon 5.

30 day Incubus challenge

Day 11: Your favorite song from If Not Now, When?

In the Company of Wolves, because it tells a story, and it’s kind of scary and mysterious. The only other song I can think of that achieves anything like this is one that couldn’t be more different - Bobbie Gentry’s Ode to Billie Joe. In both songs, you know that something dramatic and life-changing (and possibly violent) has happened, but you never find out what it was, and you’re left to wonder all kinds of things. There’s a lot of storytelling in INNW - Wolves, Isadore, Promises Promises. I get the feeling that Brandon Boyd has a novel inside of him that’s trying to get out.