Monday, November 27, 2017

More Music Mastery

Another one of those post-a-song-a-day things is circulating on Facebook and I thought I'd give it a go. This time the list of "challenges" looks like this:


I've tried to do a little write-up for each one but some days are better than others. Here are the first twelve days:

Day 1 - A song you like with a colour in the title
There are lots of songs with the colour red in them and I wanted something a little darker. Well, black is as dark as it gets! Plus, Led Zeppelin.




Day 2 - A song you like with a number in the title
21 Guns by Green Day - I like Green Day.




Day 3 - A song that reminds you of summertime
I considered this song for the upcoming Day 8 (A song about drugs or alcohol) but this song makes me think more about summer than it does about drugs. I'm not sure if it's the imagery painted by Victoria's lyrics or what, but this song makes me think about dry, dusty fields and hanging out on sweltering hot days with some friends




Day 4 - A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget 
I wrote a blog post (http://www.potatochipmath.com/2012/10/an-untitled-post-about-bullying.html) about some of the memories that got kicked up when I went a did a favour for an old high school acquaintance by playing a fighting street person for this video. Thankfully, I'm not a big follower of hip hop & rap (though do enjoy it on occasion) and I don't come across this song too often




Day 5 - A song that needs to be played loud 
Oh my god, so many choices. I don't know where to begin. Obviously, AC/DC came to mind, then Van Halen and Metallica, and Guns N' Roses... and we have a winner. I cannot listen to Paradise City by Guns N' Roses without having to crank the sound to eleven.




Day 6 - A song that makes you want to dance
I am not known to be a dancer. I make Elaine from Seinfeld look like Paula Abdul. That said, there's one song that makes me groove every time (in as much as I am capable of grooving). The thing is, I hate the lyrics to the original and have little respect for the original artist as a musician or even a human. Fortunately for me, Weird Al Yankovic did a parody with much better lyrics but with the same musical groove. Word Crimes by Weird Al Yankovic. Music by that dipshit Robin Thicke




Day 7 - A song to drive to
Are you kidding me?
"My uncle has a country place, that no one knows about. He says it used to be a farm, before the Motor Law." 
This is a song about driving a well preserved red Barchetta sports car. It's a fantastic song and perfect for driving fast on winding country roads.I love driving to this tune.
"Well-weathered leather / Hot metal and oil / The scented country air / Sunlight on chrome / The blur of the landscape / Every nerve aware" 




Day 8 - A song about drugs or alcohol 
Hmmm. Let's see... which one of the 37 million songs about drugs or alcohol should I choose? I'm going to go with Rainy Day Woman #12 & 35. Come on, this just comes right out and says it clear as day, 
"Everybody must get stoned." 
It could not be more fitting that there's a video of this song being sung by Bob Dylan playing with the Grateful Dead.




Day 9 - A song that makes you happy 
Say what you want about Ed Sheeran, but I love this song. I can't help but turn it up and sing along and smile. I like the album version better overall but watching Ed do this one with just an acoustic guitar and a loop machine is pretty damn cool. Plus, seeing a bunch of kids sing this at the KW Glee boot camp this summer was awesome too 




Day 10 - A song that makes you sad
There was a stretch where every time I found out about someone dying this song would play on the radio shortly thereafter. Plus, it's a sad song. Even though it's a song about hope and hanging on and knowing you're not alone in your struggles, the fact is there are still so many struggling that there is, at best, one degree of separation between yourself and someone to whom this song applies. This song makes me sad, but I'll be okay. If this song applies to you and you need someone to hold onto or just be present, give me a call. Send me a text or an email. 
"Take comfort in your friends. Everybody hurts." 




Day 11 - A song you never get tired of
I don't know what it is about this song that sticks with me, but something does. I think it's probably my favourite U2 song out of their whole catalog, and for a band that's probably one of my all-time favourties with as many songs as they have that I like that's saying something. The fact they played it on their recent Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour this summer is even better. Like it or don't like it, whatever your preference one thing you can say for sure it's that it's not a bad song #dadjoke #groan 




Day 12 - A song from your preteen years 
In 1985 I was eleven years old. That qualifies as preteen, yes? Well holy shit, would you take a look at the number one songs from that year?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Hot_100_number-one_singles_of_1985
The list is insanely good. Easily a dozen of those songs popped into my head when I first read the category. How did I pick just one? Easy. I went with the love song from the movie that had Demi Moore in it, of course! I love the intro to this dong and even tried playing it at the piano at summer camp. I never did learn how to, but it's a fun memory regardless. 



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