Ann & Nancy Wilson - Stairway to Heaven
Led Zeppelin - Kashmir
Last night’s post about long songs reminded me of when I was in college and did a brief stint as a DJ’s sidekick at my school’s radio station. Not much was digital in those days, so when a record ended you had to be ready to start the next one manually. This was my favorite of the long songs that came in handy when you were spinning solo and needed a few extra minutes to run to the rest room.
Yet another 30 day music challenge
Day 4: A song that explains your first kiss.
My first kiss was a bit of a disaster. I liked the boy a lot - we’d been friends since childhood - but I hadn’t been feeling well and looked particularly terrible that day, plus he was already dating a girl who I thought was really sweet and pretty, so I couldn’t imagine why on earth he would want to kiss me. When he did it, completely out of the blue, all I could keep thinking was, “Oh my god, this is my very first kiss and I’m already the other woman!” So I’m going with Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin, not only because that’s how I felt, but also because Zeppelin was the boy’s favorite band, and I think we had gone down to his basement to listen to one of their albums earlier that afternoon. In fact, I think that’s what he’d used as the ruse to lure me in.
Another 30 day music challenge
12. What’s your favorite genre of music? Whatever genre describes the likes of Incubus (alt-metal?), Yes (prog-rock?), Jack White (alternative?), Led Zeppelin (classic rock?). I never know what to call it. All I know is, I’m not partial to jazz. There, I’ve said it.
13. What song has the highest play count on your iTunes? My iTunes count is all messed up, so I don’t trust the numbers. It does make sense, though, that the highest counts are for songs by Maroon 5, because before my legs stopped working I was listening to my iPod while walking three miles a day on a treadmill, and I found that Maroon 5’s music is perfect for that.
14. What song would you sing on karaoke? I answered this one already on the other 30 day music challenge I’m doing. Eternal Flame by The Bangles.
15. What song should never be sung on
I think there’s something missing from this question. Sung on what? An instrumental to which no one should ever put lyrics? I’m not sure what they’re going for here, so I’m going to make up my own question: What song should never be played when you call your divorce lawyer’s office and they put you on hold? I know this answer from personal experience: We’ve Only Just Begun by The Carpenters.
16. What’s your favorite album? Right now, my favorite album by my favorite band is A Crow Left of The Murder by Incubus, but I can’t say it’s my favorite album of all time. I really don’t think I have one.
17. What would be the best lineup for a festival? Any lineup that includes the two best live bands I’ve seen to date: Incubus and My Morning Jacket. The video posted here is a clip from the MMJ show I went to last December.
18. Do you get any music magazines? Not for ages. When I was a teenager we all subscribed to Rolling Stone. Now I have Tumblr.
30 day music challenge
Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title.
A tie between Three Little Birds by Bob Marley and 11 a.m. by Incubus. Honorable mentions include One Step Up by Bruce Springsteen (the only song I’m listing with “one” in the title, because there are way too many), Four Sticks and Ten Years Gone by Led Zeppelin, Sun/C79 by Cat Stevens, Just the Two of Us by Bill Withers & Grover Washington Jr., 4 + 20 by Stephen Stills, Four Strong Winds by Neil Young, Freedom at 21 by Jack White, 3’s & 7’s by Queens of the Stone Age, Dead Road 7 by The Kills, and, okay, two more “one” songs: In One Ear by Cage the Elephant, and Bob Dylan’s One More Cup of Coffee by The White Stripes. For something new, let’s throw in 45 by Gaslight Anthem, and can I get a bonus point for One More Night by Maroon 5, since the band’s name has a number in it too?
30 day music challenge
Day 1: A song you like with a color in the title.
Black Dog by Led Zeppelin, but there are tons of others. First, I think I should get bonus points for the ones by bands that have colors in their names too, like Nights in White Satin by The Moody Blues, Bad Luck Blue Eyes Goodbye by The Black Crowes, and Little Black Submarines by The Black Keys. And maybe also Sky Blue and Black by Jackson Browne - does that count? Here’s more:
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love
I’m in trouble now, you guys. Even Incubus isn’t hot enough for me today. Had to go all the way back to 1970 for this one. Still looking.
there are times i fear brandon will look like iggy pop as he gets older. much like in his wikipedia profile picture. I tried to post the link but it wouldn't let. iggy pop is cool and all but he hasn't aged well.
Iggy Pop is awesome, actually. I was never that big a fan of his, but he lives here in Miami, and last year he was invited to speak at the college where I work. He gave a very candid talk about his life, and about the music business. He really won me over, and the students loved him. I think any rock star would do well to age more like Robert Plant, though, who does show his years, but is still the coolest old person I can think of (with the possible exception of Mick Jagger). Most of the others need to hang it up, but these two can still get away with it. I think that’s the secret to being old and famous, really - having the good taste to know when to bow out. I’m sure that, when the time comes (hopefully not for a long while), our dear Brandon will do the right thing. By the way, have you heard they’re making a movie about the famous New York club CBGBs, and Taylor Hawkins from the Foo Fighters is going to play Iggy Pop? How cool is that?
…and speaking of fantasy duets, this one is really real.
Robert Plant and Alison Krauss - The Battle of Evermore
Little Black Submarines, my new favorite from the new Black Keys album. The YouTube commenters are arguing over whether or not it’s a ripoff of Stairway to Heaven. More like an homage, I’d say.
Jimmy Page and The Black Crowes. What is and what should never be.