Sunday, 20 March 2011

30 Day Song Challenge - Part Two

Sunday, 20 March 2011
day 04 - a song that makes you sad
Well, this was easy. I spent a great deal of my formative years collecting songs that made me sad, so that I’d have a soundtrack to accompany all that bad poetry I was writing.

For a lot of years, I couldn’t listen to this first one. Let me give you a bit of context: if you check my Gig List, you’ll see that on 21 September 1996 I saw Pearl Jam in Toronto. That was the night my brother Jonathan died... and I link this song to that every single time I hear it. I’m okay with it now – sometimes I can listen, but sometimes I know when I have to switch it off.

Here’s another – Jason wants this playing at his funeral.

This one doesn’t exactly make me sad – but it certainly isn’t going to cheer me up if I’m feeling maudlin. It fits in with the other two.

day 05 - a song that reminds you of someone
I’m going to cheat with this one and refer you to this post about songs that remind me of girls, and this post about songs that remind me of boys.

day 06 - a song that reminds you of somewhere
Hmmmm.... lots of songs remind me of somewhere. Usually linked to what I was doing at the time and what songs I was listening to at the time. The whole of Swell’s “Too Many Days Without Thinking” reminds me of a trip to England I took in 1997. I rented this tiny little car, and had this album on a tape for those long drives.

If you don’t have this record – WHY NOT?! Go and download it at once. It’s one of my favourites ever, ever, ever. You know those records that you can’t choose just one song? That the whole thing, from start to finish, is bloody brilliant? Like The Stone Roses first album, and Radiohead’s “OK Computer”? This Swell CD is like that. Here’s a song from it:

day 07 - a song that reminds you of a certain event
Can you class an episiotomy as an event? Because I can feel my stitches when I hear this song. Just kidding – sorry to be gross... but it does remind me of when we brought Ben home from the hospital. We had been in hospital for about a week, and we finally were allowed to bring him home. We carried him into the flat, put his carseat on the floor of the living room and sat on the sofa, staring at him. Then I promptly burst into tears, and had a bit of a WHAT-THE-CRAP-DO-WE-DO-WITH-HIM-NOW type of outburst... and then Jason settled me down with this song and a cuddle. And then we ate Subway sandwiches.

day 08 - a song that you know all the words to
I know a lot of words to a lot of songs... but I am quite proud to say that I know all the words to this song, as there are so many of them.


day 09 - a song that you can dance to
If you happened to stray into Kitchener’s Club Abstract any Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday night between oh... let’s say 1994 and 1998, and any of the following songs were playing, you’d find me on the dance floor.

Stay tuned -- more later.

3 people had something to say about this...:

Lis said...

Club Abstract!!! LMAO. I spent every Friday and Saturday there from 1994-1998. That club is the catalyst to my meeting and eventually marrying Landy. A story not to be left on a message board. Another great blog. Song that makes me sad: What Sarah Said - Death Cab for Cutie.

Lynn said...

You know all the words to The End Of The World As We Know It? AMAZING.

I am kind of addicted to a game show they show over here called Don't Forget The Lyrics. They play a song and the competitor sings the words, karaoke style, and at some point they cut the music and you have to finish the next line yourself. LOVE IT.

The easiest levels are usually three or four words of the chorus, but when you get up higher you'll need to know at least a whole line (10-12 words) from the second verse to complete it. So now every time I hear a song, I try to focus on the words of the second verse, JUST IN CASE. You never know when you will be beckoned to a game show!

All this background is to say that I was listening to the radio earlier this week and End Of The World came on, and I automatically tried to fully commit to memory the words of the second verse Couldn't even tell what the bloke was saying, beyond Lenny Bruce and Leonard Bernstein. If I ever get on that game show and get this song, I am so screwed.

Meanwhile, you will be at home screaming the correct answer at your TV. Sigh.

Mammy P said...

Lis - how did we never meet? :-)

Lynn - haha... I know I'm not gifted in a lot of ways, but knowing all the words to ITEOTWAWKI(AIFF)** is, along with birthing my children, etc. amongst my proudest moments in life.

We have an English version of Don't Forget the Lyrics, it's not as good as your version as it is filled with English chart fluff and hence, I could never go on it because although I would ROCK THE HOUSE on some categories, I'd fall flat on my ass in the earlier rounds because I lived in another country during all the Take That boy band hysteria.

That's my excuse and I'm stickin' to it. :-)

**greatest acronym in the world, ever.

Thanks, girlies! What an exciting day when I have TWO comments on the same post! :-)