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Oct 4

30 day music challenge

Day 30: A song that reminds you of yourself.

Paula Cole - Me

"…it’s me who’s too weak, and it’s me who’s too shy, to ask for the thing I love."

Oct 3

30 day music challenge

Day 29: A song that you remember from your childhood.

I have an older sister who used to sing and play guitar, and was into the whole folk movement thing. I remember her singing songs like House of the Rising Sun, made famous by The Animals, but also done by a stupendous folk singer named Odetta. Sometimes our dad would get into the act and join my sister for songs like Swing Low Sweet Chariot, which, since we lived in New Haven, we often heard sung by the Yale Whiffenpoofs. (It has since occurred to me how odd it is to hear a bunch of upper class white boys in tuxedos singing what used to be called a “Negro spiritual,” but I do like Eric Clapton’s version.) My sister’s other greatest hits included songs like Gordon Lightfoot’s Early Morning Rain, Pete Seeger’s If I Had A Hammer, and lots of Judy Collins and Peter, Paul & Mary. My other sister was into people like John Denver and Glen Campbell. Not quite my cup of tea, but I can’t deny that Rocky Mountain High and many of John Denver’s other songs are great, and Glen Campbell’s cover of Jimmy Webb’s Wichita Lineman is actually quite lovely. She was also a huge Burt Bacharach fan, and had lots of Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield records. I remember a bunch of old 45s she had too, like Blood, Sweat & Tears’ cover of Laura Nyro’s And When I Die, The Foundations’ Baby Now That I Found You, lots of Beatles and Herman’s Hermits, and since it’s October, I’ll confess we had a 45 of Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett. It might be worth cleaning out a closet or two to see if one of us can dig that one up again.

Oct 2

30 day music challenge

Day 28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love. 

You thought it’d be Brandon Boyd, didn’t you? Well, of course I love him too, but if we’re talking strictly voices I have to go with Alejandro Sanz, a Spanish singer whose music was introduced to me by my Cuban guitarist ex-husband. I’m not that into Latin pop, but this song (Corazón Partio) has “hit” written all over it, and if you’ve got any amount of Spanish-speaking blood in you, you probably know it by heart. Maybe it’s because I don’t understand all the lyrics, but I just think this guy has the sexiest voice ever. And he’s not too hard on the eyes either.

Oct 1

30 day music challenge

Day 27: A song that breaks your heart.

It isn’t so much the song as it is the version of it. There’s a group of senior citizens called Young@Heart, who sing songs that are normally listened to by younger people, but that take on new meaning when performed by these older folks. They’re not professional singers, but they give performances in various places, and a few years ago a documentary was made about them. There used to be a video on YouTube of them singing Bob Dylan’s Forever Young to a group of inmates in a correctional facility. Unfortunately, I can’t find it now, but you can see a tiny bit of it in this trailer for the documentary. The heart-wrenching thing about the Forever Young performance is that, at first, the inmates don’t really get why they’re being made to watch a bunch of old people singing. But by the end, they’re so moved by these people who could be their grandparents singing Forever Young, and the tragedy (which is not lost on them) is that they themselves are young, but because of mistakes they’ve made in their lives, they’re not free to enjoy it. If you ever get a chance to see this movie, trust me, bring a hanky.

30 day music challenge

Day 26: A song that makes you want to fall in love.

Daniel Lanois with Emmylou Harris - I Love You

30 day music challenge

Day 25: A song by an artist no longer living.

With her rendition of Ball and Chain at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, Janis Joplin blew everyone away, including Cass Elliot, who you can see in the audience saying “Wow” at the end.

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Day 24: A song by a band you wish were still together

Quite honestly, there aren’t any bands I wish were still together. Unless it’s prompted by someone’s premature death, the break-up of a band usually means it’s just plain time to call it quits, and there are plenty of bands that are still at it when they should have hung it up long ago. So it’s not that I wish The Grateful Dead were still together - it’s just that they’re one band I truly regret never having seen live. I was never really that much of a Deadhead, but I’d always heard their concerts were something special. I once had the opportunity to see them, but didn’t take it, and now I’ll never have the chance. Here’s Eyes of the World, one of their best.

30 day music challenge

Day 23: A song that you think everybody should listen to.

Before I started blogging about music on Tumblr, I tweeted about it on Twitter. One day, a little over a year ago, I got a new follow from an up-and-coming band out of San Francisco called The Growing Room. I assume they found me by searching for tweets about bands similar to theirs. I liked them instantly, and this video of their song My Goodbye was one of the first things I posted when I started this blog. The lead singer and I have tweeted back and forth a few times since then, and I think he knows I have a little crush on him. He might as well get used to it, because when they hit it big, they’re going to have lots of fan-girling to deal with. They probably already do. 

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Day 22: A song that moves you forward

Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush - Don’t Give Up

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 music challenge

Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you.

There really isn’t one. The only song my mind keeps coming back to is Pink Floyd's Learning To Fly. It was playing on the radio while I was driving home from a friend’s house one night, when suddenly out of nowhere I saw a huge light in front of me and I knew I was going to crash into something. After the impact, my car spun around several times, totally out of control, and finally smashed into the side of an overpass. I’d hit the passenger side of a car that had sped through a red light. Neither I nor the girl who was driving the other car were seriously hurt, but if I’d been one nano-second further into that intersection, she would have hit me in the driver’s side door and I would have been killed. Or, if she’d had a passenger, the passenger would have been killed, and that would have been the end of me too, since there’s no way I could have gone on living after that. But here’s where it really gets weird. We were practically the only two cars on that road that night. It was Valentine’s Day, my birthday, and it was the other girl’s birthday too. I don’t believe in fate bringing people together, or the whole idea about one’s number being up. All I know is, for some reason, or probably for no reason at all, that birthday wasn’t my last, and I can’t hear this song without remembering that.

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Day 19: A song that makes you think about life.

Depends what kind of mood I’m in. When I’m in a “life isn’t so bad” mood, it’s Cherry Bomb by John Mellencamp. When I’m in a “life is pretty much nothing but bullshit” mood, it’s The Late Show by Jackson Browne. Today, in spite of everything, I’m fairly content, so I’m going with the former.

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Day 18: A song from the year that you were born.

The year? Nah, I don’t think so. But I can offer something related to the month and day I was born, February 14. It’s a sad song, since Valentine’s Day can be rough if you have to spend it alone, and all the more so if it’s also your birthday. So I think I’ll dedicate it to the person who did a good deed by making sure I wasn’t alone on the most recent Valentine’s Day. Just by coincidence, he also happens to be my favorite Linkin Park fan. He knows who he is. ♥

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Day 17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke.

The Bangles - Eternal Flame

I don’t watch that show The Voice, so I don’t know if this has been done already, but somebody really needs to do a duet of this song with Adam Levine. For that, I’d tear myself away from Tumblr and turn on the TV.

30 day music challenge

Day 16: One of your favorite classical songs.

I’m taking this to mean classical music (as opposed to classic rock or something), so I guess if you want to be technical, you’d have to choose something from around the time of Mozart in order for it to qualify as “classical.” I’m hardly a connoisseur, but I always liked Mozart’s Symphony No. 40, because you could joke around with it and sing "Mozart is locked in the closet, let him out, let him out, let him out" to the tune of the opening strains. (Try it, it works. And did you also know that you can sing most of Emily Dickinson’s poetry to the tune of The Yellow Rose of Texas?) Then there’s Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony, which I guess is kind of on the cusp between classical and romantic. You might remember it from this portion of Disney’s Fantasia. I’m taking a bit of liberty with my ultimate selection, though, and offering up something I’ve blogged about before (usually, believe it or not, with a Brandon Boyd tie-in). It’s Claude Debussy’s Afternoon of a Faun, which isn’t exactly classical - I think you’d have to classify it as impressionist, or post-impressionist, or something like that. All I know is, it may be over a hundred years old, but it’s pretty darn hot, and the ballet that went with it is even hotter. It shook people up pretty good in its day, and if you ask me, it’s still got it. Take a listen and see if you agree.