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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:

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.

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 

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 

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 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 27 – A Song That Breaks Your Heart

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song that breaks our heart. If I’d looked ahead on these challenges, I might have saved the Glen Campbell song I posted on Day 10 for “A Song That Makes You Sad” for this, and chosen a different sad song then. But since that’s under the bridge, here’s another song about heartbreak, and specifically about that moment in a long-term relationship when you realise things maybe aren’t going to work out in the end. I’m happy to say that it’s been a very long time since this song resonated strongly with me, but back when it did, it certainly was a time of tremendous heartache. Here’s Christine Lavin with “Katy Says Today Is The Best Day Of My Whole Entire Life”

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 26 – A Song That Makes You Want To Fall In Love

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song that makes you want to fall in love. Love songs are, of course, about three quarters of the popular music canon, so one is hardly spoiled for choice. I’m choosing today to share this exquisite number from Bob Dylan’s 1997 album “Time Out Of Mind”. It’s been covered by many people, but I like the sparseness of the original. (I should really learn this one.) Here’s “To Make You Feel My Love”

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 25 – A Song You Like By An Artist No Longer Living

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song we like by an artist no longer living. There are a lot of musical heroes I could choose from. I’ve earlier in this challenge already shined a spotlight on David Bowie and Prince, so here’s my favourite Warren Zevon song, “Accidentally Like A Martyr”

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 24 – A Song By A Band You Wish Were Still Together

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song from a band we wish were still together. I don’t recall who it was who first introduced me to Great Big Sea; I think it was Seanan McGuire. But once I found them, I fell in love with their whole sound, and got to see them live four times. They always put on an amazing show, and I’m sorry that I won’t get to see them again, unless they decide to get back together.

So here’s Great Big Sea, with one of my favourite songs of theirs, “Boston and St. John”.

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 23 – A Song You Think Everyone Should Listen To

Today’s challenge invites us to share a song we think everyone should listen to.  This is another one that’s difficult because it’s so very broad, and also because I’d tend to want to pick a song that everyone might not have hard already.   Most classics are classic for a reason, after all.

My pick isn’t really obscure, since it’s been around a few years and he’s reasonably well known at this point, at least in the circles I move in.  But it’s has become, easily, my favourite Christmas song, and now that we’re past Thanksgiving and properly into the Christmas music season, I figure I’ll share it for today’s entry.

So, here’s Tim Minchin, with “White Wine In The Sun”.

30 Day Song Challenge – Day 22 – A Song That Moves You Forward

Today’s challenge invites us to sing a song that “moves you forward”. This is another vaguely worded prompt that I’m not sure how to interpret, but there’s certainly a great deal of inspirational and motivational music out there. For instance, there’s this great little number from my friend Ben Wakeman, a wonderful Atlanta area singer-songwriter, which tells us that even when everything around us is awful, we should still get on with getting on with things. That’s certainly a message for our times if I ever heard one, so here’s “Get Your Ass Up Off The Floor”

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