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30 Day Challenge – Pt 3

Part 1 here. Part 2 here. Original post on Pluspora here.

Day 19 A song that makes you think about life

Here’s a mild-sounding ballad about the exploitation by capital of the world and all its people.

Day 20 A song that reminds you of your mom

The YouTube comments on this were all about how people’s grandmas used to sing this to them. Way to make me feel old, YouTube.

Day 21 A favorite song with a person’s name in the title

You can read about the havoc this phone number has wrought, and still wreaks occasionally, here.

After his music career as the leader of Tommy Tutone, Tom Heath became a pretty good VB and C# programmer. He and I worked together at an HR software firm in the 1990s.

Day 22 A song that motivates you

Apologies for not elaborating on this, but if I start writing now about how this song has interacted with my inner life I will be late for work, in four hours.

Day 23 A song that you think everybody should listen to

If they will actually listen to it…

Not actually an anthem for the sort of people who shout “USA! USA!” when the Norwegian player gets injured at a US-Norway hockey game. You know, the ones that make me ashamed to have been born here.

It’s more about what really happens to you after you choose to serve your country… wait wait let me fix that… after crushing poverty due to rampant income inequality forces you to risk your life for the benefit of oil companies.

Day 24 A song by a band/group you wish were still together

or this even-more-fun cover

This song came out four years before Rapper’s Delight and I consider it the first mainstream rap record.

Day 25 A song by an artist no longer living

A lot of these to choose from, too. But only one serious contender, for me.

The total control she has of this track, just by slapping her thigh, is amazing.

Day 26 A song that makes you want to fall in love

The way they look is always the best when filtered through love

Day 27 A song that breaks your heart

A couple things about this piece. One is, it’s a really sad and cautionary story. You have to follow the whole arc of the narrative. Praying for the end of time, indeed.

Another is, a possibly apocryphal story about Phil Rizzuto. He was given the baseball play-by-play script to read without knowing the context in which it would be set on the final recording. When he heard the whole song, he was a little angry He thought he’d been dragooned into promoting underage sex. But the release he had signed was solid and he had no recourse.

Then the royalty checks started to come in.

Later in his life, he would say about it (and you can hear this, in Scooter’s voice), Holy cow! I made a lotta money from that song!

Day 28 A song by an artist with a voice that you love

The video linked is the entirety of what many call the greatest rock concert ever. So enjoy! The bookmark in the link takes you to a masterful turn of Freddie’s amazing voice. And his mastery of the crowd.

Ah, Freddie.

Day 29 A song that you remember from your childhood

Possibly the most-played record in my home when I was a small child – early to mid 1960’s – was this Allan Sherman LP, My Son the Folk Singer. It consists of traditional and contemporary folk music parodies. This track is taken from a Harry Belafonte album that had come out a few years earlier, but the song is older than that. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matilda_(song)

The problem for many people with Allan Sherman today is that his humor is firmly grounded in a very specific culture: not-overly-religious American Ashkenazic Jewish of the mid-20th century. Which is, of course, the culture I grew up in. Therefore, I automatically “get” all the jokes. (My Scottish-descended Protestant Midwestern wife, not so much, but she’s OK with that.) So I share this piece with you, but if you don’t quite “get it”, I will understand. Hope you’re OK with it, too.

Day 30 A song that reminds you of yourself

I do often feel like I am tilting at windmills. Like a preacher, or a prophet.

So that’s it, third and final installment, covering days 19-30. Take the graphic at the top and try this yourself! It’s an interesting experience that may tell you things you did not realize about the role of music in your life.

30 Day Challenge – Pt 2

Longer than the usual post, covering days 4-18 of this challenge. (Part 1 here and original Pluspora post here)

Day 4 A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget about

I am not into forgetting about people, Not that I don’t, but it really only happens with people who never make a significant impression. This idea of actively wanting to forget someone? If they stirred up that much emotion and motivation, it would be throwing important lessons in the garbage to forget them.

That said… there was this one girlfriend I had in college. Hmmm.

Day 5 A song to be played LOUD

I have a LOT of these but one rises to the top.

And it’s not even by Cream. rimshot

more after the jump

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30 Day Challenge

How Facebook-y for someone who deleted Facebook years ago

I have been having fun with this on Pluspora, a Diaspora pod. I never really expected to get into this but it has kind of taken on a life of its own. And I get to share with dozen of readers, a detailed look at my musical tastes. Who doesn’t love doing that?

This and the next two entries will run down my choices. I think a lot of these are obvious choices, but then I am a music fan – not a scholar.

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

commenters mentioned others but this is a favorite Stones piece

Day #2 A song with a number in the title.

This one was easy-peasy-lemon-squeezie.

Not even close. (I was saving “Jenny” for another category, by the way.)

I saw them in concert in Dec 1977. They did this song on the apron of the stage, just an acoustic guitar and a bass drum.

Day #3 A song that reminds me of summertime

I deliberately shied away from Summertime Blues and Summer in the City and so on. Just wanted it to be a little more… elliptical. The day described in the Van Morrison song doesn’t have to have been in the summer… but you know it was.

More to come…

Part 2 here

Your Earworm for Today

Been doing a 30-day music challenge on PlusPora and this got stuck in my cranium.

Go Figure

Things I Found

…while looking for other things

Genius. I particularly liked the ragtime break.

If you’re young enough to be excusably unfamiliar with the Smothers Brothers I highly recommend reading up on their astounding career. You can start here: ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ at 50: The Rise and Fall of a Groundbreaking Variety Show

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