30 Day Music Challenge: Day 22

A song that makes you move forward.

Back in the late 1990’s – early 2000’s both Mitsubishi and Mazda had some catchy tunes for their commercials: “Start the Commotion” in particular, but also “Zoom Zoom Zoom

(As an aside, all you eclipse lovers will appreciate this one)

I have to say though, when I’m kind of in a trough while running, this song brings me back up. It’s literally 180 BPM, perfect cadence for running.

So, Metallica it is. (NSFW)

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

‘In my Life” The Beatles

“Let There Be Peace on Earth” Harlem Boys’ Choir

God Bless the U.S.A.” Lee Greenwood

“Sunny Afternoon”  The Kinks

Shut Up and Dance” Walk The Moon

Silence In The Snow” Trivium

“Black Widow” Iggy Azalea feat. Rita Ora

In A Big Country” Big Country


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 21

This is like the easiest one of the challenge thus far. This song is the reason my daughter Delaney is so named.

It’s a song about a father watching his little girl Delaney grow up…funny how that works out. Apparently there’s only so long you get to watch them grow up, before they’re grown up.

My advice to parents of young kids and teens? Stop worrying about where the time went and enjoy the time you have. It doesn’t last forever.

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Jessica” The Allman Brothers Band

Bette Davis Eyes” Kim Carnes

Walk Away Renee” The Left Banke

Hey Jane” Spiritualized

Alison” Elvis Costello & The Attractions

Layla” Derek & The Dominoes

Sweet Caroline” Neil Diamond

Sweet Melissa” The Allman Brothers Band

Jane Says” Jane’s Addiction

Gloria” U2

Doncha Know (Sky is Blue)” Alicia Keys





30 Day Music Challenge: Day 20

A song that has many meanings to you.

This requires a little bit of thought. I mean I’d love to be able to point to a song and say, “yes, this,” but I can’t.

I think that I’ll choose a song with one of my favorite double entendres of all time in it, “Words are cheap, but can turn out expensive, words like ‘conviction’ can turn into a sentence.”

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Kind and Generous” Natalie Merchant

Sweet Caroline “ Neil Diamond

Wicked” Indina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith

You Can Close Your Eyes” James Taylor

The Circle Game” Joni Mitchell

Magic Power” Triumph

Sweet Surrender” Sarah McLaughlin

Alison (My Aim Is True)” Elvis Costello & The Attractions

A Whiter Shade Of Pale” Procol Harum

Just A Girl” No Doubt



30 Day Music Challenge: Day 19

A song that makes you think about life.

You know, I figured this would be the hardest one for me to figure out. I wasn’t wrong. There’s a lot of music that speaks to me in ways that get me thinking about various aspects of life, and maybe that’s what is being sought here – just some music that makes one think about some vaguery of life.

From the first time I heard this song, it hit me. It’s not a particularly great song, but it has held meaning for me for almost 30 years. I remember telling my dad how important it was that I got to know him because of this song. I may not have ever have told him that had it not been for this simple pop song.

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

“What a Wonderful World “ Louis Armstrong

I Lived” One Republic

“In the Blood” John Mayer

No Ceiling” Eddie Vedder

Hurt” Johnny Cash

Oh Very Young” Cat Stevens

The Middle” Jimmy Eat World

Days Like This” Van Morrison

All About Soul” Billy Joel

Cats In The Cradle” Harry Chapin

Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven

The Captain & The Kid” Jimmy Buffett

Keep Your Head Up” Andy Grammer

Stairway To Heaven” Led Zeppelin

Best I Ever Had” The Swellers

Leader of the Band” Dan Fogelberg

The Dance” Garth Brooks

Man in the Mirror” Michael Jackson

Wash Away” Joe Purdy

Landslide” Fleetwood Mac


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 18

A song from the year you were born.

Wow. What a trip. At first, I considered just going with the song that was #1 the week I was born but decided against that because….well, because it’s kind of blah. Then I started thinking about some hokey stuff: “Candida” is a trip; “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is great. When I was in grad school, “Cecilia” was having a bit of a revival, so I considered that.

There’s more than a few songs I’d really like to choose, but ultimately I went with one that reflects what was going on in the world I was born into. We were slogging our way through Southeast Asia, fighting a war we really had no business fighting. Young men dying because our government couldn’t commit to fighting the war as it should be fought and not getting out because of the egos of our leaders.

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Make it with you” Bread

Make it with you” The Carpenters

Green Eyed Lady” Sugarloaf

Margaritaville” Jimmy Buffett

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” The Spinners

I’ll Be Around” The Spinners

Mr. Sandman” The Chordettes

Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys

More than A Feeling” Boston

Rock the Casbah” The Clash

Touch Me” The Doors

Paranoid” Black Sabbath

“I Shot The Sheriff “ Eric Clapton

Ride Captain Ride” Blues Image

“Sweet Little Sixteen” Chuck Berry

Shake, Rattle and Roll” Joe Turner

Dirty Water” The Standells

Hello, I Love You” The Doors


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 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