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Month: December 2017

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 28 – A Song By An Artist Whose Voice You Love

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song from an artist whose voice you love. One of my favourite singers growing up was Karen Carpenter. I had all the Carpenters albums, and listened to them endlessly. This is a challenge where the initial selection is easy, but which track to choose. As is often my wont, I’m going for a pretty deep album cut rather than one of the big hits everyone knows.

This song was originally written in 1937, and was a hit for Tommy Dorsey, and later for the Andrews Sisters. But Karen’s wistful, angelic alto and Richard’s sublime arrangement make this a standout track from their 1975 album Horizon. Here’s what I think is the definitive rendition of “I Can Dream, Can’t I?”

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 29 – A Song You Remember From Your Childhood

We are nearing the end of our musical journey.  Today, we are asked to share a song we remember from our childhood.

So many songs I could pick here.  I got seriously into music young, and thanks to finding and acquiring my mother’s record collection at an early age, my musical taste has always skewed not just to the current but also to things that were released before I was born.

Still, I wanted to pick something that I remember from the radio, which is difficult because its not always easy for me to remember when exactly i picked something up.  But I remember really liking this song, even if I am reasonably sure I didn’t entirely understand it.  I just liked the sound of it, and the quality of that amazing voice.    Here’s Gordon Lightfoot, with his 1974 hit “Sundown”

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 30 – A Song That Reminds You Of Yourself

And here we come to the last song in the 30 day challenge, where we are asked to share a song that reminds us of ourselves. Of all the challenges, this was the easiest song by far to choose. I’ve always said that this was my theme song, and will certainly play over the opening credits of the TV series based on my life, were someone to undertake such a thing. Most people who know me1 can attest to this.

I loved the song when I first heard it, when it was a hit for Men at Work in 1983. But I really love the acoustic versions that Colin Hay performs these days, and there’s a number of really good performances of it floating around, including this one.

If you’ve ever wanted a peak inside my brain, this song will give you one. Here’s Colin Hay, with “Overkill”.


  1. and certainly anyone who’s dated me 

Wrap up of the 30 Day Music Challenge

The 30 Day music challenge was a great success, and I wand to thank everyone who participated in the threads for each day’s challenge. Just to wrap it up, There’s a couple of links I want to share.

If you’d like to read through all the entries again, in order of posting, you can do that by going to my website at this link:

http://www.autographedcat.com/tag/30-day-song-challenge/

I’ve also assembled all of my pics into a YouTube playlist, if you just want to listen to the songs as a mix.1 You can find the playlist here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bkvuXk2TFU&list=PLmcgKFRPomAdJk574P5x6U3zf7KMuS_5-

Now, of course, I have to stop being lazy and come up with other things to post here. But this was a good way to get back into the habit of daily posting, and while I may not update daily from here on out, I do want to try and be more regular. As always, anything I post in my main blog will be mirrored to Facebook, Dreamwidth, and Tumblr, and linked on Twitter2, so feel free to keep following me wherever it is you find it most convenient.

Thanks again for following along, and for commenting!


  1. There was one substitution. The version of Prince’s “Puprle Rain” I included on Day 1 is only available on DailyMotion, so I put a different video of that song in its place. 

  2. I may yet discontinue LiveJournal, but for the moment, I will continue to mirror there as well 

The Last Drummer Boy Christmas

THE LAST DRUMMER BOY CHRISTMAS
by Rob Wynne
TTTO: The Little Drummer Boy (Katherine Kennicott Davis) / Peace On Earth (Ian Fraser, Larry Grossman, and Alan Kohan)

Just last Christmas
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I gave my heart to you
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
But the very next day
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
You gave my heart away
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

This year I will not make
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
The very same mistake
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
To save me from my tears
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I’ll be more wise this year
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

Once bitten and twice shy
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I stay away from you
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
but still you catch my eye
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
Do you still recognize?
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

Well now it’s been a year
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I’m not surprised, I fear
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I wrapped my heart for you
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
I meant my “I love you”
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

And now I know for sure
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
That I was quite a fool
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
but if you kissed me now
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
My heart would still unspool
pa-rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum
rum-pa-pa-pum

[Peace On Earth Interweave]
A lover’s face, a fiery heart
(Just last Christmas pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I hid but you tore me apart
(I gave my heart to you pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
But now I’ve found a real love
(But the very next day pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I’ve found love, and you will not fool
(You gave my heart away pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
Will not fool. not fool me again
(rum-pa-pa-pum, rum-pa-pa-pum)
A real love
(This year I won’t give pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
can it be?
(you my heart)

Everyone must be made aware
Not to place hearts into your care
I care enough for my fellow man
To give all the warning I can

Now my new love will be true
(This year I will not make pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
She won’t hurt me just like you
(The very same mistake pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
I gave my heart to someone
(To save me from my tears pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
Someone who I know will not hurt
(I’ll be more wise this year pa-rum-pa-pa-pum)
will not hurt, not hurt me again
(rum-pa-pa-pum rum-pa-pa-pum)
A real love
(Me and my heart)
Can it be?
Can it be?

I first heard about The Little Drummer Boy challenge a few years ago. The idea was that you had to see how long you could go in December without hearing “The Little Drummer Boy”, and if you made it to Christmas Day without hearing it, you won.

In 2017, some enterprising folks decided to up the ante, by creating “Whamageddon”, which is the same game, except in this one you have to make it to Christmas Day without having heard Wham’s 1984 hit “Last Christmas”.

I didn’t make it on “The Little Drummer Boy”, thanks to a friend linking me to a skit featuring it, but I made it to Christmas Day without hearing “Last Christmas”, so….yay?

Anyway, I’ve certainly spent more time this year THINKING about “Last Christmas” than I might otherwise, and, well, my brain is a strange place.

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