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

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 10

A song that makes you sad.

From the first time I heard this song, I decided that it fell into a category of music called “Music to commit suicide by.” Seriously, this is some dour stuff. “Mad World” by Gary Jules.

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Calling All Angels ” Jane Siberry

Father and Son” Cat Stevens

Hear You Me” Jimmy Eat World

Baby Mine” from “Dumbo”

Wind Beneath My Wings” Bette Midler

Dancer in the Dark” Bjork

Traces of Love” Classics IV

Angel” Sarah McLaughlin

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)” Green Day

Sad Songs (Say So Much)” Elton John

Take Me Home (Country Roads)” John Denver

The Dance” Garth Brooks

Bright Eyes” Art Garfunkel

“Time to Say Goodbye” Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman

Wonderful World” Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

Can’t Change Me” Chris Cornell

Say Something” Great Big World

Creep” Radiohead

Brick” Ben Folds Five

Wild Horses” Rolling Stones

Two Headed Boy Part Two” Neutral Milk Hotel

Muriel” Tom Waits

The Sounds of Silence” Simon & Garfunkel

Pale Blue” Toad the Wet Sprocket

I Would for You” Jane’s Addiction

River of Deceit” Mad Season

The Sad Cafe” The Eagles

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 9

A song that makes you happy.

There are a lot of songs that do this. Like the first song on your road trip playlist, it’s the one that gets you all amped up, maybe doing a little chair dancing. So what one to pick? Its summer, so it should be a summer song. I’m a few days from a week off, so it should be about relaxation.
I’m going to put on my Hawaiian shirt and go to my happy place.

…With sunshine and ladies and pina colodas And Bob Marley songs that are playing…There’s a sound in my ear that I want you to hear, Soft tropical lips that are saying…

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Knee Deep” Zac Brown Band & Jimmy Buffett

Happy” Pharell Williams

Carried Away” Dionysia

Happy Jack” The Who

Compass” Lady Antebellum

Dominic the Donkey” Lou Monte

Making Memories” Rush

Jammin” Bob Marley

The Hand that Feeds” Nine Inch Nails

The Trolley Song (Meet Me in St. Louis)” Judy Garland

Somewhere over the Rainbow” Isreal Kamikawiwo’ole

Good Day Sunshine” The Beatles

Closer to Fine” Indigo Girls

Jackson” Johnny Cash  & June Carter

You Can Call Me Al” Paul Simon

Hey Jealousy” Gin Blossoms

Surfin USA” Beach Boys

I’m Alright” Kenny Loggins

Hot Fun in the Summertime” Sly and the Family Stones

Bach Cello Suite No.1 in G (full)

“Beautiful Day” U2

 

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 8

A song about drugs or alcohol.
Didn’t have to think twice.

The Wisdom of Crowds:

Mr. Brownstone” Guns N Roses

Hurt” Johnny Cash

Hand of Doom” Black Sabbath

Cocaine” Eric Clapton

Casey Jones” Grateful Dead

Too Drunk…” Buckcherry

One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer” George Thorogood & The Destroyers

Ain’t Nobody’s Business” Taj Mahal

Whiskey in the Jar” Thin Lizzy

Smoke Two Joints” Sublime

I Want a New Drug” Huey Lewis & The News

It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett

House of the Rising Sun” The Animals

Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds” The Beatles

Sister Morphene” The Rolling Stones

Waiting for the Worms” Pink Floyd

“Friends in Low Places”Garth Brooks

Dr Feelgood” Motley Crue

Dopeman” NWA

Master of Puppets” Metallica

Gin and Juice” Snoop Doggy Dog

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 6

A song that makes you want to dance.

Sadly, there aren’t many songs that make this suburban white kid want to dance. It’s just not a thing for me. Then, of course, there’s the definition of “dance.” Are we talking mosh pit, slam dancing or more along the lines of this masterpiece?
So. What’s my pick?

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

S&M” Rihanna

I Wanna Dance with Somebody” Whitney Houston

Remember When” Alan Jackson

My Cup Runneth Over” Ed Ames

Caribbean Blue” Enya

U Can’t Touch This” MC Hammer

Low” Flo Rida

Cheap Thrills” Sia

Booty City” Black Joe Lewis

Shut Up and Dance” Walk the Moon

Let’s Twist Again” Chubby Checker

Wrapped Around Your Finger” The Police

Lady In Red” Chris DeBurgh

Shout” Isley Brothers

Let’s Dance” David Bowie

Just Dance” Lady Gaga