30 Day Music Challenge: Day 3

Ooops. I’ve slacked off posting my updates.  Sorry for that.

Day 3: A Song That Reminds you of Summertime.

This one was hard. On the one hand I don’t feel like summer has started until I hear “Margaritaville” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z3H…) on the radio, but when I’m hanging on Revere Beach, I only want to hear “Summertime Girls” by Y&T, because I’m an 80’s kid…so Y&T it is today.

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

Saturday In The Park” Chicago

School’s Out” Alice Cooper

Summertime”  DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince

Cruel Summer” Bananarama

Summer Wind” Frank Sinatra

Summer Song” Joe Satriani

At The Beach” Avett Brothers

Summertime Rolls” Jane’s Addiction

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 2

Day 2: A song you like with a number in the title
“99 Problems” Jay Z

Wisdom of Crowds Selections:

One Minute More” Capital Cities

99 Miles to LA” Art Garfunkel

1999” Prince

No. 29” Steve Earle & The Dukes

9 Tonight” Bob Seger

99” Toto

Ol ’55” Tom Waits

#41” Dave Matthews Band

Three Little Birds” Bob Marley

25 or 6 to 4” Chicago

32 Flavors” Ani DiFranco

Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Gimme Three Steps” Lynyrd Skynyrd

867-5309/Jenny” Tommy Tutone

68 Guns” The Alarm

88 Lines About 44 Women” The Nails

76 Trombones” from “The Music Man”

When I’m 64” The Beatles

Summer of 69” Bryan Adams

In the Year 2525” Zager & Evans

Song 2” Blur

1979” Smashing Pumpkins

Love Potion #9” The Searchers

The Eleven” The Grateful Dead

One Week” Barenaked Ladies

Magnificent 7” The Clash

One” Metallica

Rainy Day Women # 12 and 35” Bob Dylan

Forty Six and 2” Tool

A Million Miles Away” The Plimsouls

1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin New)” Coolio

I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” The Proclaimers

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 1

Day 1:  A song you like with a color in the title.

My Selection: “Blue Morning, Blue Day” Foreigner.

The Wisdom of Crowds Selections:

The Lady In Red” Chris DeBurgh

Purple Haze” The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Angels Wanna Wear My Red Shoes”  Elvis Costello

Black Hole Sun” Soundgarden

Grey Street” Dave Matthews Band

Tangled Up In Blue” Bob Dylan

Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue” Crystal Gayle

Big Yellow Taxi” Sarah McLaughlin

Blue Sky” Allman Brothers Band

True Blue” Madonna

“Back In Black” AC/DC

Last Caress/Green Hell” Misfits

30 Day Music Challenge

I’m doing this ridiculous little challenge on Facebook, and I love the interaction it’s generating.  Each day for the next 30, I’ll post the aggregated results for the days challenge.  There’s no explanation required so don’t look for one, just a song that matches the day’s theme.   And of course, since this is a blog, it’s a whole lot easier to navigate than a Facebook post at various other points.

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I hope you have fun!

Day 1 – “Blue Morning, Blue Day” Foreigner

Day 2“99 Problems” Jay Z

Day 3 – “Summertime Girls” Y&T

Day 4 – ““Easy Street” The Collapsable Hearts Club Featuring Jim Bianco & Petra Haden

Day 5 – “Rock N Roll” Motorhead

Day 6 – “Move This” Technotronic

Day 7 – “Radar Love” Golden Earring

Day 8 – “Suicide Solution” Ozzy Osbourne

Day 9 – “Where the Boat Leaves From” Zac Brown Band

Day 10 – “Mad World” Gary Jules

Day 11 – “I Wanna Get Better” The Bleachers

Day 12 – “Centerfold” J Geils Band

Day 13 – “More Than A Feeling” Boston

Day 14 – “Lowrider” War

Day 15 – “Brown Eyed Girl” Jimmy Buffett

Day 16 – Ode To Joy (Vocal) From Symphony No. 9 In D Minor, Op. 125

Day 17 – “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” Elton John & Kiki Dee

Day 18 – “War” Edwin Starr

Day 19 – “The living Years” Mike + The Mechanics

Day 20 – “Tenderness” General Public

Day 21 –  “Delaney Talks To Statues” Jimmy Buffett

Day 22 –  “Hardwired” Metallica

Day 23 – “Life in a Northern Town” Dream Academy

Day 24 –  “Anarchy In The UK” Sex Pistols

Day 25 – “Delirious” Prince

Day 26“Come Monday” Jimmy Buffett

Day 27 – “Seasons in the Sun” Terry Jacks

Day 28 – “I Will Always Love You” Whitney Houston

Day 29 – “Little Nash Rambler” The Playmates

Day 30 – “American Idiot” Green Day

30 Years of Music in Your Pocket

J Geils BandI have been collecting music for exactly 30-years. For my 12th birthday I bought my very first record – a 45 RPM record of J. Geils Band’s “Centerfold”, a record I still possess. Yes, my parents clearly didn’t understand the lyrics behind the music…truthfully, nor did I.

Over time, my 45 collection came to number in the 100’s, LP’s came to number in the 100’s, cassettes which came to number hundreds more some of which duplicated my LP purchases, then CDs which came to number over 500 at various points. Over time this amounts to a lot of “stuff.”

Music collecting had become more about collecting “records,” and it is that distinction that I carried with me into my late 30’s. On the other hand, the “Gen-Y” crowd has grown up with digital music – and their collections are digital files. They carry their entire music collection (as distinct from “record collection”) with them in the form of iPods and the other varied and assorted MP3 players.

As a “Gen-Xer,” I was slow to adopt the “music” collection over “record” collection – if I couldn’t feel, touch, or otherwise experience the packaging as well as the music it didn’t “feel” like owning a copy of a work. It almost every other aspect of my life, I had long since adopted the digital medium and while I may not be the “digital native” of Generation-Y, I’m probably one of the most technically literate people going of either generation. But music…music was something different.

However the “stuff” in my life came to be somewhat burdensome. Over the course of time, these things came to be misplaced, given away, or otherwise just stored away as the rest of life’s “stuff” came to be more important. At one point, I would have preferred a Bang and Olufsen system over having an automobile, but somehow over time I found I’d prefer a sofa or a kitchen table. Over time, those things came to dominate my home and managing my records came to be more hassle than it was worth – especially given the limited amount of time I actually took to pull a disc out and play it.

And so it came to be, this stodgy Gen-Xer came to adopt digital audio. I ripped each and every one of my CDs to MP3 – and I realized how many of these discs I really don’t care for anymore, but I kept the digital copies. I bought a USB turntable and ripped copies of my old vinyl to MP3 with varying results. Fully armed with my iPhone, I can carry with me my entire “music” collection and pull up any given song I want at any given time. If I so choose, I can pull up a copy of a partially warped record, complete with cracks and pops – there’s something about the remastered Rolling Stones music that makes the music seem hollow and sterile next to a copy of a somewhat time-worn record.

And so it is, 30-years later, I can literally fit most of my life’s important music into my pocket and take it down off the wall, the CD holders, the display case – what have you. Now, I still haven’t been able to pry my books out off the shelves in favor of a Kindle or Nook, I am a big fan of audio books played on the very same iPhone on which I carry my music – there’s something sacrosanct about the feel and smell of the paper that just can’t be replicated on a Kindle, something completely different than the compulsion to own a “thing.”

I have come to feel comfortable “owning” digital copies over the physical object of a record, and because I can sort through them, build lists, and shuffle I have rediscovered so much of the soundtrack of my life. So, I have come to be free of possessing that physical object for the sake of possessing it, and have come back to enjoying that which I wanted that object for in the first place.

One Thousand Songs In Your Pocket