30 Day Music Challenge: Day 17

A song you’d sing as a duet at karaoke.

Ever since she was a little girl, I made it a point to make music a part of my daughters and my relationship. I remember driving her friends to our place and singing together some ridiculous song. I remember sitting in the driveway to be sure we finished “I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas before going in. “Jump off the sofa…” [SOFA!]

She’s long since had her own car, long since ceased needing that ride back to school or ride home or whatever. It’s been a long time since we had a car ride karaoke, but this was by far my favorite song to sing with my daughter as karaoke;

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

I’ll Be There For You” Method Man & Mary J. Blige

I Got You Babe” Sonny & Cher

Paradise By The Dashboard Light” Meat Loaf

Lean on Me” Bill Withers

Dancing In The Street” Mick Jagger/David Bowier

Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Cyndi Lauper

Breakfast At Tiffany’s” Deep Blue Something

Summer Nights”  John Travolta & Olivia Newton John

As Long as You’re Mine” Idina Menzel & Norbert Leo Butz

Baby it’s Cold Outside” Tony Bennett & Lady Gaga


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 16

The day everyone has been waiting for…: One of your favorite classical songs.

Now, before I totally wandered off into the woods, I decided I should get a definition – “Classical Music” has always been background music to me and I’ve never really paid it the attention it deserves, so I wanted to approach this with an open mind and not just slap down some classically styled rock: were I to do that, I’d submit to you the London Symphony Orchestra’s treatment of “Aqualung” by Jethro Tull.

Here’s what The Google says about Classical Music: “ Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western music, including both liturgical (religious) and secular music. While a more accurate term is also used to refer to the period from 1750 to 1820 (the Classical period), this article is about the broad span of time from roughly the 11th century to the present day, which includes the Classical period and various other periods.”

So, I suppose I wouldn’t be wrong to choose “Aqualung” or the San Francisco Symphony’s collaboration with Metallica, it just wouldn’t feel right to me. So I’m going with something everyone whose ever gone to a Catholic wedding would have heard, because while I recall really appreciating it, I haven’t really listened to “The Planets” in like 25 years.

My choice: “Ode to Joy”

I’m really hoping you, my friends, can help broaden my horizons here.

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: O Fortuna

Game of Thrones Title Theme Song 

La donna è mobile (Rigoletto)

Bach – Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major BWV 1048

Pachelbel’s Canon

“Air” Johann Sebastian Bach

Four Seasons ~ Vivaldi

O Fortuna (Carmina Burana)

Beethoven: For Elise (Für Elise), Bagatelle No. 25 in A minor

Mischa Maisky plays Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G

Maurice Ravel Bolero London Symphony Orchestra

Gustav Holst – The Planets – Mars, the Bringer of War

Edgard Varèse – Amériques

Richard Wagner – The ride of the Valkyries from “Die Walküre”

Tchaikovsky’ Nutcracker Soundtrack

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade – op.35

“It is Well With My Soul” Philip Paul Bliss



30 Day Music Challenge: Day 15

A song that is a cover by another artist. As poorly worded as this is, I think it means “pick a cover song.”

I love the original, but I love this version more.

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Somewhere Over the Rainbow” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Cats in the Cradle” Ugly Kid Joe

Hallelujah” Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes, Kurt Nilsen

True Colors” Phil Collins

Always On My Mind” Elvis Presley

Cyndi Lauper’s Greatest Hits as ‘Family Guy’s Stewie‘” Seth MacFarlane

Killing Me Softly” The Fugees

Ave Maria” Aaron Neville

In Bloom” Sturgill Simpson

Angel of the Morning” Bettye Swan

Blackbird” Sarah McLaughlin

Over the Rainbow” Josh Groban

Proud Mary” Creedence Clearwater Revival

Ain’t That A Shame” Cheap Trick

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 14

A song that you would love played at your wedding. Previous days are here
Funny this. For our wedding reception, we used custom CDs as placecards – At least one friend often says he will sometimes still pull it out and play it.

I’m Pretty sure most of those songs were played that night.

I actually have a ready made template for this – but now, the question is “do they mean the reception…or the ceremony itself?” Hadn’t really considered that, but since I’m not really in the business of wedding ceremony music, I’m going to go with answering “however your bad self wants to interpret it is the way to go.”

“Low Rider” War

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

“How Are Ya Fixed For Love” Frank Sinatra & Keely Smith

Love Changes Everything” Andrew Lloyd Webber

Beauty and the Beast “Be Our Guest”

Another One Bites the Dust” Queen

Ten Minutes Ago” Rogers & Hammerstein

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” Roberta Flack

For Your Precious Love” Jerry Butler

In Her Eyes” Joshua Radin

“I Loved Her First” Heartland

Love Removal Machine” The Cult


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 13

One of Your Favorite 70’s Song.

For some of you, you answered this yesterday (“pre-teen years”). The 1970s were an interesting period. The decade picks up the cauldron of 1960’s music and evolves even faster and in more diverse ways. Rock. Hard Rock. Heavy Metal. Prog Rock. Disco. Funk. New Wave. Punk. Electric Folk. Protest. By the time the decade ends, music was all over the place.

One of My FAVORITE 1970’s song? Good lord. Of what genre?

If we’re going by my iTunes play count, my favorite 1970’s song is “Radar Love” by Golden Earring. Which, while fantastic (and already one of my picks) is not my favorite. “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Rainbow is up there in play counts too, but I don’t know that it’s my favorite either. “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen rounds out the top three 1970’s songs by play count, and I have to say that’s not it either.

I would love to say “Brick House” by the Commodores, but I’m a rock & roller at heart. I considered “Kill the King” by the Ronnie James Dio led version of Rainbow or “Stairway to Heaven” or “D’yer Mak’er” by Led Zeppelin or “Paranoid” by Black Sabbath, but those don’t feel right either. The not so short answer is I’m going to make a pick, and not to get me wrong, I love this song, but I’m not convinced in my heart of hearts that it’s my FAVORITE
So, what is it?

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Bohemian Rhapsody” Queen

Layla” Derick and the Dominoes

My Sharona” The Knack

“Fool In The Rain” Led Zeppelin

Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl)” Looking Glass

Rocket Man” Elton John

You’ve Got a Friend” Carole King

Stranglehold” Ted Nugent

Instant Karma” John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band

Both Sides Now” Joni Mitchell

That’s the Way I Always Heard It Should Be” Carly Simon

Will  You Still Love Me Tomorrow” Carole King

Heard It In A Love Song” Marshall Tucker Band

Joy To The World” Three Dog Night

Hooked On a Feeling” Blue Swede

I Will Survive” Gloria Gaynor

“California Über Alles”  Dead Kennedys

“Ever Fallen In Love (With Some You Shouldn’t)”  The Buzzcocks

Song to the Siren”  Tim Buckley

Dust In the Wind” Kansas


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 12

A song from your preteen years.

I’ve thought about this one, and I’m going to come as close as I can to my teen years without going there.

This was the very first record I ever bought. I had just turned 12. I still have it; worse for the wear of being possessed by a 12-year old…some 35 years ago…and for having made the journey of the last 4 decades.

“Centerfold” by the J. Geils Band.


The Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

“Saving All My Love for You” Whitney Houston

Crazy Little Thing Called Love” Queen

Silly Love Songs” Wings

Blame It On The Rain” Milli Vanilli

Physical” Olivia Newton John

I’m Into Something Good” Herman’s Hermits

I’m Henry the VIII, I am” Herman’s Hermits

The Night Chicago Died” Paper Lace

Maneater” Hall & Oates

On The Radio” Donna Summer

Do Ron Ron” Shawn Cassidy

YMCA” Village People

Rock & Roll All Nite” Kiss

Reggatta Da Blanc” The Police

Yo Little Brother” Nolan Thomas

Rio” Duran Duran

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 11

A song you never get tired of.

As I write, I’m still not sure what song I’m going to pick. I mean “never” is an absolute. I get tired of some of my favorite things: I get tired of strawberry ice cream, I get tired of fighting with people on the internet (current situation, btw: please don’t poke the bear), I get tired of fried chicken.

I’m starting to object to the use of absolutes a lot more than I ever have. I have little use for phrases such as “…like the world has never seen.” Absolutes are the vocabulary of the Sith. There are few absolutes in life, and I’m pretty sure whether I have the capacity to tire of a song is not likely to be one of those absolutes.

So, I’m going to choose to answer the question I prefer to answer: A song I don’t tire of easily. I’d urge you to answer the same question.
And what’s my answer?

The Wisdom of Crowds Picks

Yesterday” The Beatles

Just a Friend” Biz Markie

It’s Tricky” Run-DMC

Simple Man” Shinedown

I Guess That’s Why They Call It the Blues” Elton John

Hallelujah” Leonard Cohen

Beautiful Day” U2

Jesse’s Girl” Rick Springfield

Just Like Heaven” The Cure

Go Your Own Way” Fleetwood Mac

I Feel For You” Chaka Kahn

Vacation” The Go Gos

Sir Duke” Stevie Wonder

Bitch” Rolling Stones

Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing” Chris Issac

Wishing On a Star” Rose Royce

Hallelujah” Jeff Buckley

Dear Mr Fantasy” Traffic