This was the hardest one yet, and I’m surprised by that. I mean, I have done plenty in life to feel guilty about. But I think I’ve just discovered that my mind doesn’t associate songs with that emotion as well as it does others. Interesting the things we learn about ourselves.
Anyway, I think this is the best I can do.
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 28: a song that makes me feel guilty
Mainly I wish I could play guitar, period. You know, because axe-slingers get more groupies than poets. And there are a lot of songs I wish I could play. I guess one stands out, though – my favorite Rush song from my favorite Rush CD. Ladies and gentlemen, “Spirit of Radio”!
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 27: a song that I wish I could play
I don’t play an instrument anymore, but when I was a kid I took several years of piano and I was in the band in junior high and high school. For some reason, our band director, Mr. Mauney, loved Chicago’s “25 or 6 to 4,” so trust me when I tell you, we could rock that sucker.
This video is especially cool since it was all shot at Caribou Ranch up near Nederland, CO. Rocky Mountain High, Saturday Morning – have a nice one, yo.
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 26: a song that I can play on an instrument
This is more like it. Sorta. The technical answer to the question is “everything that Electric Six has ever released.” Some of their songs are more hysterical than others, though.
Like this, which I barely know how to describe, other than to say this is why you need to keep nutbags like Dick Valentine away from history books.
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 25: a song that makes me laugh (okay, several songs that make me laugh)
I’m going to be honest – today’s challenge got to me. When I was young death was an abstraction, and it wasn’t one I feared. I fear aging, but not dying, I said, and it was true. Still is, to some extent. I’d far rather kick over dead right now than to lose my ability to fend for myself, physically or mentally.
If you’d asked me, when I was 25, what song would I like played at my funeral, I’d probably have come up with something insufferably self-conscious and, depending on my mood that day, even cavalier. Throw me a party. Play “Dancing With Myself” and pogo like there’s no tomorrow. Because, you know, there isn’t. Not for me. Celebrate my life. Blah blah blah. Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 24: a song that I want played at my funeral
It seems so very unlikely that I’ll ever get married again, but if I do I hope she’ll understand why wedding songs are requiems, why the confession of love cannot help connoting loss, betrayal, rejection. Love is the denial of these tragedies and only the existence of pain can give happiness meaning.
I hope she’ll forgive me this image of the misunderstood clown clutching desperately at a moment of contact with a stranger because he knows it may be all there is in the world. Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 23: a song that I want to play at my wedding
There are so many sad songs and so many things to be sad about, so I suppose there are a lot of correct answers to this one. For my part, few things are sadder than the moment when the music dies. And I have to tell you, I really miss Warren Zevon.
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 22: a song that I listen to when I’m sad
This is almost unfair. When I’m happy I listen to all kinds of music. When I’m not happy, there are thousands of songs that can pick me up. Seriously – the relationship between music and happy is impossible to articulate where I’m concerned. I’ll drive myself crazy if I try to come up with the definitive answer.
So in the interest of, well, being happy, let’s go with this inspired bit of silliness, which may be the most unapologetically happy song ever written.
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 21: a song that I listen to when I’m happy
Hmmm. What is my favorite album, anyway? A Night at the Opera? Reckoning? Zenyatta Mondatta? Million Star Hotel? Romeo at Julliard? Damn. This is tough. But I guess I’ll go with my knee-jerk response when I first saw the question and say The Unforgettable Fire. So, hope you’re enjoying your Saturday night (of course, if you are, then you’re probably not reading this until Sunday morning, huh?) In any case, how about this?
And we live by the side of the road
On the side of a hill
As the valley explodes
The land grows weary of its own Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 19: a song from my favorite album
I could go a lot of different directions here, but I decided to be straight-up about my self-interest. I’d like to hear Fiction 8‘s “Hegemony” on the radio, partly because I just love the song, partly because I’m good friends with front man Mike Smith, and oh yeah, partly because I co-wrote it. (More on that process here and here.)
Cue me up, Mr. DJ.
Continue reading 30-Day Song Challenge, day 18: a song that I wish I heard on the radio