30 Day Song Challenge – 2011

I’ve been posting these on Tumblr but I decided to get them all right here for posterity’s sake 😛 I did them in reverse order because I’m basically using this month to figure out what my favorite song IS. I don’t really know. I have favorite songs on albums, sure, or faves by an artist (most artists I like anyway) but it’s very very hard to choose one song and say YES THIS IS NUMERO UNO.

Since I didn’t wanna get “stuck” on the very first item, I started with an easier one. The last one!

I heard about this from my friend Jonathan over at his blog Stranger in a Strange Land (which I highly recommend). I got the “task list” from this Facebook page, in case you’re doing this and mine doesn’t match yours.  And I’ve been modifying the steps along the way, so it probably won’t match anybody else’s.

day 01 – your favorite song Eason Chan (陳奕迅) – 不求人 It’s a beautiful song about someone he loves who is slowly destroying themselves, and he is begging them not to, reassuring them of his undying love. It took a long time to decide this is my “favorite song”, with the many reassurances to myself that this is just my favorite song right now. I love so many songs i cannot imagine REALLY choosing one that is my favorite 😛

day 02 – your least favorite song Don’t have one. I have songs I don’t like to listen to but not a “least favorite” song. #copout

day 03 – a song that makes you happy – Girl Talk – Jump On Stage Can’t help it – love this song. it’s audio caffeine. I listen to it at my desk at work and desk-dance. With the ‘phones on.

day 04 – a song that makes you sadElton John – The Greatest Discovery I can’t explain why this song is so melancholic for me. I listened to this album like a fiend when I was in high school – I was a typical depressive artsy unpretty high school kid in orchestra and the combination of pop and orchestral arrangements really appealed to me (ssh, still does). So why does this song bring out a longing sadness? Who knows. It’d cost thousands in therapy to find out, no doubt. But it’s still beautiful.

day 05 – a song that reminds you of someoneMarc Cohn – Walking in Memphis When I was little my mama loved this song and now if I hear it I think of her. Tried to think of a deeper meaning and more insight but. yeah.

day 06 – a song that reminds you of somewhere VAST – Candle I saw Step Into Liquid, and they used this song over a long cut of a ride on a massive wave. We went to Oahu not long after and spent the day at Pipeline. I’ll always think of the waves when I hear this song, and miss the beach painfully. It’s also the “first song” I played in my new car, so that can almost qualify this as my favorite song.

day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event – Whenever I hear this song, Please Don’t Go (DJ Benzi Boson Remix), found in the mixtape download at that link, I wanna drive my car fast. Really really fast. Wish I could link directly to it but you know how the interwebz be. Nobody likes to share.

day 08 – a song that you know all the words to – Padi – Jika Engkau Bersedih

day 09 – a song that you can dance to – Montell Jordan – This is How We Do It Back in college I almost bit it dancing to this on top of a speaker in a little club called Tumbleweeds out in the middle of nowhere in Stillwater, OK. I did not, in fact, bite it, and that I attribute to my youth and dancing skillz. The almost-fall I attribute to my old friend Jack Daniels and his little sidekick, Coke. And this YT video has me giggling uncontrollably. BONUS! I can also dance to Mike, Aaron & Eddie (Boreta Remix)…it’s just not pretty 😛

day 10 – a song that calms you Eason Chan (陳奕迅) – New Order I’m changing this prompt to “a song that calms you” because I can’t think of a single song that would “make me fall asleep”. THIS song makes me calm. Every time. Maybe it’s the elegaic tempo, but it always lowers my blood pressure by at least a notch.

Two others:

day 11 – a song from your favorite band Nirvana – Lithium I don’t think of music in terms of “bands” or “solo artists” and if you asked me who my favorite “band” is I might be hard-pressed to come up with an answer. I mean, is Nirvana a band? Or is it merely the tool through which Cobain’s genius funneled? Deep, right?

day 12 – a song from a band you hate Britney Spears – Everytime I wouldn’t say I “hate” Britney Spears, I just don’t have much use for her music. Sure, there’s a few songs that I don’t mind, like the one linked above, I’m just not much into the writhing false-sensuality famous-for-being-shocking bit.

day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure Wang Lee Hom (王力宏) – Heroes Of Earth (蓋世英雄) Yup. Definitely. I am singing along to it as I type this. I love this guy. I know a lot of Americans would laugh their asses off watching this video – it’s so sophomoric compared to the hard hateful music that’s “cool”. But I love it for that. It makes me happy. And no matter how silly, I know all of the words and it makes me want to dance. So while I’m aware of how “uncool” it is, I. Love. It. I mean, a guy who can pull this off (wait for it…) isn’t THAT bad, amiright? OK I’mma go listen to it again – HAPPY MONDAY! 😀

day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love Darius Rucker – If I Had Wings

I KNOW, RIGHT?!? I was raised in Texas and on my grandparents’ farm. There’s definitely a country influence there. I thought about posting George Strait’s The Chair, but another country song has supplanted it as my favorite.

Imagine me, cartoon-red hair, barefoot with my big black sunglasses, windows down, top open in my black-on-black mini cooper belting this out in traffic on 75 on a Friday afternoon. Idiosyncratic to say the least.

I am in love with Darius Rucker’s voice, have been since his Hootie and the Blowfish days. It really reminds me in quality and timbre of Eason Chan’s, and I ADORE Eason’s voice. Am not disturbed or daunted by Darius’ transition to country.

Oh, and on that video I apologize for the visual quality – bitch can’t spell. “Why is their killing?” OMFG.

day 15 – a song that describes you – Robyn – Konichiwa Bitches

I asked @puresky, my husband, about this one. I needed a song that’s got a bit of humor so I can be self-deprecating (not comfortable talking about “how awesome I am” even if I secretly believe deeply in my own awesomeness). This is a tricky subject, a song that “describes you”, because which do you show – the you that you think you are or the you that you wish you were? Are these very different or are they close enough to be the same song? Who does she think she is, anyway? That girl? Shiiiit, no way is she THAT girl. So this song is perfect – has attitude but is being sung by a parrot. And it makes me laugh every time I watch it. Thanks for the idea, baby! 😀

day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate Samantha Fox – Touch Me

Hate is a strong word…this song doesn’t make me want to destroy the stereo but it’s really really not “high art”.

I loved this song when it was popular. LOVED it. But I was not of an age to have known anything about sex or love or anything of the sort. But we kids would sing and sing this song, play the tape over and over again.

I think Mama got tired of it, or the silliness was just too much, so she started to make fun of us when we’d sing it, theatrically shouting “Oh touch me touch me!!” I HATED it then because I knew she was mocking us, me, but now it’s just funny. And it’s no longer my favorite song 😀

day 17 – a song that you hear often on library random shuffle Justin Timberlake – My Love ft. TI

The prompt is SUPPOSED to be “a song that you hear often on the radio“ but I don’t listen to the radio…not regular radio anyway. I listen to NPR and local web radio stations like the Indieverse, and Taiwanese radio stations and my own music library, so I’m choosing a song I hear often in my iTunes whole-library random shuffle list, because that’s more relevant. It’s similarly “out of my control” when it plays but for whatever reason repetitious enough for me to feel that I “hear it often”.MY CAR LOVES THIS SONG.

Every time I get in the car and play my iTunes library on random for the 45-minute-to-hour-and-a-half work commute, THIS song plays. It may soon become “the song I used to like”. I don’t know what algorithm iTunes uses to choose “random” songs but if it has anything to do with most-played it’s creating a really unpleasant feedback loop for me by continuously choosing this song and boosting its “play” numbers.

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio Khalil Fong – Southern Sound

I wish I heard Chinese music on the radio in America. Not the Beijing opera type of music but the real music of people like me that just happen to live on the other side of the planet.Sometimes I wonder if people here would be less derisive, or stereotyping, of Chinese people (like my husband) if they knew they were more like “us”.

And not, as one coworker asked, walking around fucking Taipei, Taiwan in kimonos.

Which are Japanese, by the way.

day 19 – a song from your favorite album [right now] Eason Chan (陳奕迅) – 綿綿 MinMin from the album: Sound and Sight

Right now it’d have to be 綿綿 – Eason Chan 陳奕迅 from the album Sound and Sight. I say “right now” because it was a difficult decision to choose one favorite album (and I kind of cheated because this is a 5-disc compilation, even). And tastes change based on mood.

So on this rainy Monday, this soothing one wins.

BTW – “綿綿” means “rain”

day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry Jo(조)PD – Pride This song is great when I’m angry because it’s got the swagger I want from an “angry time” song, I only understand about 10% of it, and it has “FUCK YOU!” in the middle. Works for me.

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy Kim Tae Woo (김태우) – 사랑비 (Love Rain) This song is so upbeat and positive. Always lifts my spirits.

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad Jacky Cheung (張學友) – Love

day 23 – a song that you want(ed) to play at your wedding VAST – You Are The One …since I’m currently married and not really interested in a “wedding”, I’m posting a love song to my husband. 😉

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral Dan Auerbach – When the Night Comes I didn’t really have an answer for this one, as in “I didn’t plan to die any time soon” but this one will work.

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh SMP Films – Mean Kitty Song

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument Bach Cello Suite 1 Prelude …given enough time and a cello to practice on I could totally play this again.

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty –  Амин Нутаг -Камертон

I don’t really have a “feeling guilty” song. Unless it’s this one. But the feeling I have is not really “guilt” per se, it’s more of an “I wish I could have done more” feeling. I listened to this song religiously to calm me down when I was walking my dog Layla, knowing I would have to give her up.

I walked her a lot, for hours every night. I heard this song a lot, so every time I hear this song I think about her.

An ex I lived with and I were separating; I was moving back in with my Mom, and she didn’t want me bringing 3 cats and a German Shepherd. She was afraid the GSD would kill her 3 dachshunds (ridiculous, though she was 150 lbs and loved to play), but I try to understand her desire not to house a returned daughter and four new pets. The ex didn’t want any of the pets, but he took Layla, one GSD being approximate, cost-wise, to the “weight” of 3 cats somehow.

I found out over the years that she was passed from friend to friend and never really loved like she should have been. That breaks my heart. The look she gave me as I left her there breaks my heart. So it’s not really guilt, but it’s close enough for this silly game.

day 29 – a song from your childhood – Survivor – Eye of the Tiger

I was so sure when I was little that I wanted to be a ballet dancer when I grew up. Ballet dancers are so graceful and sweet and pretty and in order to be all of these things I was going to be a ballet dancer. I took classes in ballet and then of course classes in “jazz” dancing, which of course meant a herd of 6-yr olds in sequins erratically shaking their little butts, eventually on a stage.

One of the performance songs I remember vividly was this one, Eye of the Tiger. We were cool, we were dancers, and we were six, clad in spandex and fuscia and violet sequins. With masks. It was awesome.

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last yearThe Notorious B.I.G. Vs. The xx – Dead Wrong Intro (Remixed by Wait What) I was working feverishly to complete my MA capstone project piece and listened to this album obsessively, all the time. Can’t remember any other music from that time…