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

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 5

A song that needs to be played loud.

I’ve spent a bunch of time thinking about this. There are so many. “Jump In the Fire” by Metallica comes to mind. Okay, just about anything by Metallica – the new stuff is just raging. WASP. But I keep coming back to Motorhead. Motorhead is the epitome to me of what LOUD music should be. The only real question is WHICH Motorhead tune to name. “Orgasmatron,” “Ace of Spades,” “Killed by Death,” “The Chase is Better than the Catch…”

I’m sure I could name 15 more.
But there can be only one.

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

Guerrilla Radio” Rage Against the Machine

Chop Suey” System of a Down

Cowboys” Portishead

Bodies” Drowning Pool

Dropping Plates” Disturbed

Beautiful People” Marilyn Manson


Bad Habit” The Offspring

Glad” Traffic

Vivaldi’s “Summer” Third Movement

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic” The Police

Thunderstruck” AC/DC

Magic Power” Triumph

Morning Has Broken” Cat Stevens

Shapes of Things” Gary Moore

Heard It In a Love Song” Marshall Tucker Band

Jessica” Allman Brothers Band

Sweet Melissa” Allman Brothers Band

“Ramblin Man” Allman Brothers Band

Mother Popcorn” James Brown


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 4

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 4

A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget about

You know, I just don’t have many people in my life or had previously in my life that I’d rather forget about. All interactions, mistakes, victories are learning opportunities. Every. Single. One. I can think of some things, some people that are better left in the past, but honestly, I generally think these things shouldn’t be “forgotten” per se. So this one was difficult.

Were the challenge SOMETHING I’d like to forget, I’d have put Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’” here, as he was the half time entertainment for the Patriots/Giants Superbowl with the “Helmet Catch”…you know what I’m talking about. No bueno.

But it’s not SOMETHING. It’s someone…and “Someone” is not specified as a “non-fiction someone.”
Here it is, a song that reminds me of someone I’d rather forget.
“Easy Street” The Collapsable Hearts Club Featuring Jim Bianco & Petra Haden

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

Mack the Knife” Bobby Darin

Big Girls Don’t Cry” Fergie

Norwegian Wood” The Beatles

Paper Wings” Gillian Welch

They’ll Need a Crane” They Might Be Giants

Fairytale of New York” The Pogues

Love Removal Machine” The Cult

You Oughta Know” Alanis Morrisette

Path of Thorns” Sarah McLaughlin

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.


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