A lot of my friends on FaceBook have been doing this 30 Day Song Challenge thing. I would like to do it too but frankly don't want to have another thing to remember every day for a month and I'm almost certain that none of my friends want one more person cluttering up their feed with YouTube links for a whole month. That's not to say I personally mind that my friends are doing it, I find it interesting, but some people might get annoyed by it and I try my best to care as much as possible about what other people think of me. This is a character flaw, but it's not one that seems to be going away anytime soon. All of that taken into account I decided to just do it all at once, here on my blog.
Day 01 - Your Favorite Song: I think that everyone who's done this has pretty much agreed that this question is next to impossible to answer. I too find it extremely different to narrow down a single favorite song. I'm going to go with this one because I like it quite a lot.
Frank Turner - I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
Day 02 - Your Least Favorite Song: This is a lot easier since there isn't a whole lot of music that I dislike totally and completely.
The Insane Clown Posse - Miracles
(It is important to note that I insist on writing out their entire name and not abbreviate it because the stupidity of it needs to be driven home as often as possible.)
Day 03 - A Song That Makes You Happy: A lot of music and a lot of songs make me happy but lately this one's been doing it for a lot of different reasons. First off, it's important to note that I've been a fan of Hanson for a lot of years (they are literally my second favorite band of all time) and the fact that this song recently made it to number 1 on Vh-1's video countdown is awesome. They'll never have another hit as big as their first single but I'm glad that people are being reminded that they're still around and moreover the throwback motown sound, soulful groove, and insanely fun vibe are making a lot of people reconsider the unfounded hatred they felt toward them 14 years ago simply because their single over-saturated the market.
Hanson - Give A Little
Day 04 - A Song That Makes You Sad: A dead serious song by a joke rapper tucked in the middle of a record called "This Gigantic Robot Kills" could pontentially bring an album like that to a screeching hault... but it's just so sincere. Heartfelt lyrics about a real person, gorgeous chorus, beautiful melody, and a really sad story. It's a eulogy of sorts for a friend who committed suicide. It's a sad song about a sad event but it's still somehow hopeful. To me it's sort of like grief embodied in a song: sadness, anger, regret, and a glimmer of hope in the end.
MC Lars - Twenty-Three
Day 05 - A Song That Reminds You of Someone: I thought about this one for a bit. There are a few potential answers but everything I thought of besides this one was either WAY too corny, despite being true, or by Hanson and I don't want to start repeating myself this early in the list. This song reminds me of my good friend Zach Irwin and if you know him, you probably know why.
Ani Difranco - Not A Pretty Girl
Day 06 - A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere: I saw this band years ago at The Flint Local 432. Ever since then this song has reminded me of that night and that place more than any other. I'm not sure why this song chose to become the soundtrack to my memories of the Local more than any of the other hundreds of groups I saw there. They're not even from Michigan, heh.
Scout - All I Want is You
Day 07 - A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event: Loren walked down the isle to this at our wedding. A friend of Jaren's that had spent the night before sat on the deck and made sure the CD player (which only sometimes worked) didn't decide to stop it's self.
Yanni - In the Morning Light
Day 08 - A Song That You Know All the Words To: Well this could apply to any song by The Swellers and most by Hanson but I'll throw a curve ball.
P.O.D - The Youth of the Nation
Day 09 - A Song That You Can Dance To: I can't dance at all but I like to try to dance to this song. Classic powerpop and the single least offensive pop vocalist to ever exist had a love child to make this band and song.
Parachute - She (For Liz)
Day 10 - A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep: Even playing and singing this song makes me tired. That seems like an insult or like I'm saying it's boring... I prefer to think of it as relaxing as opposed to boring.
Bright Eyes - Lua
Day 11 - A Song From Your Favorite Band: Not my absolute favorite song from them but it has a cool video.
The Swellers - Fire Away
Day 12 - A Song From a Band You Hate: I already used The Insane Clown Posse so I'll go with another one here. Like I said previously, I don't hate much music so it's a small pool to draw from.
Creed - With Arms Wide Open
(Please note that my hatred of Creed has very little to do with them sonically it's more the whole aesthetic. I find everything about them boring as hell, all of their songs sound basically the same, that one song isn't very innovative, and the list goes on. I might be able to forgive those flaws if they weren't also horrible lyricists (this song and video in particular is potentially the corniest thing anyone has ever put to tape.) and I'm fairly certain that Scott Stapp dresses himself from the "I'm A Tool" handbook exclusively.
Day 13 - A Song That Is a Guilty Pleasure: It's a bit hard to say what exactly a guilty pleasure for me would be because I'm not ashamed of anything that I like. It's the one area of my life where I'm am completely and totally comfortable with and I don't care what anyone thinks. Anything that I like and listen to is something that I'm more than willing and able to defend in an open debate with eloquence. I'll go with this though since I have to say something.
Justin Bieber - One Time
I love that little bastard.
Day 14 - A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love: Hahahaha. I don't thing anyone who knows me would be surprised by anything I said I liked unless I suddenly declared myself a fan of The Insane Clown Posse but I assume the question is asking for a song that I actually do love that no one would expect. Hmmm... I guess I'll go with this.
Tupac - Thugz Mansion
(I like the album version too but the laid back vibe of the acoustic remix fits my mood more at the moment)
Day 15 - A Song That Describes You: Before I started this little project I set a small rule for myself. No using songs that I wrote. Simple enough. Let it be known, I did NOT write this song. It was written about me though so I don't think I can say that any other song quite describes me as well as this one does as far as songs by other people go. Hah.
The Swellers - Travis Valentine's Day
(Please note: Someone else that I don't know already uploaded this)
Day 16 - A Song That You Used to Love But Now Hate: I wouldn't say that I hate it exactly, it's still objectively a great song, but GOD am I sick of it. When "Sex on Fire" first hit I was happy to see them finally getting some recognition and then this song hit and it was everywhere. I don't even listen to the radio and I managed to hear it a dozen times a day. The loud speaker at the department store, commercials, the video on TV, people covering it on YouTube. It got old.
Kings of Leon - Use Somebody
Day 17 - A Song That You Hear Often On the Radio: I don't actively listen to the radio. I'm seriously not saying that to sound like a hipster. It's not that I don't listen to the radio because I hate mainstream music and can only be satisfied by the hip underground. I don't listen to the radio because I have 34,164 songs on my iPod, 1,061 CD, 36 vinyl records, and 25 cassette tapes. I really don't need the radio. The internet does a fine job of introducing me to new music and I have plenty that I know I like at my fingertips. There have, however, been a hand full of occasions where I've jumped in the car without my iPod to go to the corner store and have listened to the radio and the one song that I somehow managed to hear every single time I did that was this.
Dirty Heads - Lay Me Down (Feat. Rome)
Day 18 - A Song That You Wish You Heard On the Radio: Seriously, is the radio really an indicator of success anymore? Am I the only person that owns an iPod? Whatever, I guess I'll just answer.
The Swellers - The Best I Ever Had
I want them to be the biggest band in the universe.
Day 19 - A Song From Your Favorite Album: I seriously don't want to keep posting Swellers songs but these questions aren't giving me a lot of choice in the matter.
The Swellers - Ups and Downsizing
Day 20 - A Song That You Listen to When You’re Angry: Listen to this song and try to be angry. I dare you. It's the cure for anger.
LFO - Summer Girls
Day 21 - A Song That You Listen to When You’re Happy: What the hell kind of question is that? I think whoever made this was running out of ideas. I listen to a lot of things when I'm happy. I guess... I tend to listen to this song A LOT when I've been drinking and I'm a happy drunk... seriously like a thousand of those 18 million views are probably from me when I was drunk.
Sam Tsui & Kurt Schneider - Love the Way You Lie MASHUP
Day 22 - A Song That You Listen to When You’re Sad: I know that listening to a sad song when you're sad seems weird... or maybe not, I don't know. At any rate I like to listen to this song when I'm sad.
Bruce Springsteen - The River
Day 23 - A Song That You Want to Play at Your Wedding: Well I did play this song at my wedding... does that count?
Bon Jovi - Always
Day 24 - A Song That You Want to Play at Your Funeral: Well that's morbid... I guess this one. It's always reminded me of myself. Particularly the lyrics "He's the kind of guy you wish would just leave, he wears his heart on his sleeve" and "He doesn't wait, he just goes,
Out of control" plus a couple others. Bonus: it's actually about a funeral.
Socratic - Funeral Masses
Day 25 - A Song That Makes You Laugh: It's not as blatantly funny as his early material (it's actually pretty angry) but he is a comic that uses music and this is my favorite. It makes me laugh.
Bo Burnham - Rant
Day 26 - A Song That You Can Play On An Instrument: I can play a bunch of songs on an instrument. I'll go with this.
Joseph Arthur - In the Sun
Day 27 - A Song That You Wish You Could Play: That is a very long list. I guess I would have to go with this one. Everything about it is perfect to me. I wish that I could play that guitar part and solo. The clean toned throwback bluesy strat sound (that's a lot of adjectives). I also wish I could play the piano part. It's really poppy and has a powerful hook to it but it also has a really classical feeling. I wish I could sing that way too. John Francis Daley has a really strong pop tenor but there's a lot of soul too. Everything about this song is perfect to me and I wish I could play or write a song half as good. By they way, yes that is John Francis Daley, actor in such TV shows as Freaks and Geeks and Bones and films such as the Ryan Reynolds vehicle Waiting and other things that didn't do as well on vocals and piano. But hey! Bones is doing great and people love Freaks and Geeks in retrospect. I'm a big fan of his.
Dayplayer - Peak
(I absolutely could not find a YouTube video for it and Windows Movie Maker was being EXTREMELY uncooperative in helping to make my own.)
Day 28 - A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty: I'll go with this. White people, it should make you feel guilty too.
Macklemore - White Privilege
Day 29 - A Song From Your Childhood: It has all of the halmarks of a great 90's ballad: electric piano, black guy that sings like a white guy, more than a little corny. The perfect storm of 90's songs.
Blessid Union of Souls - I Believe
Day 30 - Your Favorite Song At This Time Last Year: Jeezis, now I know whoever made this thing ran out of ideas. Let's see... this time last year was when my daughter was born... okay upon Googling it I just discovered that May of 2010 was when the Nashville flood happened and I remember that was right about the time I discovered this. This gentleman is an actor who does the voice of the kid on Fox's animated comedy American Dad and was also apparently on ER for six years.
Scott Grimes - Hide