30 Day Song Challenge: Day 30: Your favourite song at this time last year

9 05 2011

Aside from keeping a journal, how is anyone supposed to know?  A year is a long time, and though I have a good memory, my favourite song from last year isn’t something that I particularly keep track of.  So I turned to youtube and looked through my favourites, trying to figure out when I have favourited some music last year and this song seems about right.

I like Keane, and I can stand K’naan and I think this duet between the two work quite well.  I may not like the direction Keane’s gone since their second album but meh.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 29: A song from your childhood

8 05 2011

Does every elementary school have a Sports Day?  Every year, I was on the Green Team at Maple Grove Elementary and every year, for many, many years, the Gold Team would always win the Sports Day.  Somehow, they were able to get a lot more points than any of the other teams, not to mention the fact that they were gold, while the other colors were regular Red, Green, and I think, Blue.  If there was favouritism, it was obvious who it was for.

Anyway, I distinctly remember hearing “Octopus’ Garden” at one of the challenges one year (as does my sister).  I can’t remember what the actual challenge was, but because most of the Sports Day events took place outside, everyone would/could hear it, especially if it was playing on a loop.  At the time, of course I didn’t know who sang the song or what it was even called and it was only until my older sister was playing the Beatles that my sister and I, almost at the same time, suddenly recalled Sports Day and demanded to know what the song was.

One year, I guess the teachers thought a different team than the Gold team should win for once — since the winners who received points at the events were judged by teachers, for the most part, and hence, they could rig the entire Sports Day — and I remember one year, the Red Team won, and the next year, the Green Team finally won too!

30 Day Song Challenge: Days 27 + 28

7 05 2011

Day 27: A song that you wish you could play

I’ve posted this “song” before and have commented on it already so I don’t have much else to say.  A difficult Chopin piece of which I’ve taught myself about half of so far but the last half awaits me and my cursing when I screw up.  I’m working on it though…

Day 28:  A song that makes you feel guilty

This is probably the most difficult one I’ve had to pick so far, just because I had NO idea of any song that makes me feel guilty.  I think part of the reason I couldn’t think of one was because the songs I mainly listen to make me sad or are sad and songs that I’d listen to when I’m sad, but none that make me feel guilty.  And why guilty?  Out of all the emotions out there, why choose a song that makes you feel guilty?  I didn’t realize there were supposed to be a lot of songs for this category, but apparently so, or else they might’ve asked me for a song that makes me feel like constipated or scared of heights.

Anyway, the best I could do was Vivian Green’s take on the jazz standard “Love For Sale” by Cole Porter.  I’ve listened to a few version of this song and I had seen De-lovely (but have forgotten most of it since it was kind of a meh movie) but didn’t remember her singing “Love For Sale” in the film at all.  It’s a darker, more melancholic take on the song, I think, and as much as I am open about discussing most of everything in my life, the song reminds me of a period in my life that I’m certainly not proud of.  Judging by the lyrics, I’m sure you can come to some conclusion about what that might be.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument

5 05 2011

It’s about time I posted some Muse.  Sure, I’m not a hardcore fan by any means, but I do like a few of their songs, especially since the following:

1. it gives a good name to the awesome instrument known as the piano.  Matthew Bellamy can rock it.  Take that, closed-minded people who think piano is only played by uptight Classical musicians!

2.  Fantastic piano solo.  And a hard one too.

I didn’t want to post a song by Vanessa Carlton since that would be too easy, and though it’s been a while since I’ve played this (I played it again today and it wasn’t the greatest but I got through it), I think it’s something that I’m not really used to playing.  At least I’d say so.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh

4 05 2011

Amanda Palmer is the shit.

30 Day Challenge: Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral

3 05 2011

A few years ago, my sister told me that she wanted Staind’s “Epiphany” to play at her funeral and while it’s a strange thing to ask of a 15 year old, I didn’t really question it.  I’m not sure if it at all made me think about what song to play at my funeral, but I never really found “the song.”  For a while, I thought it might be an S Club 7 song just because funerals are so dull and I thought it would be a fun way to remember me.  Obviously (maybe not so obvious to some), I grew out of my S Club 7 phase.

[I will finish this tomorrow.  Had a crazy day today.]

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding

2 05 2011

Well, this is an easy one.

At a certain point, the thought of having “Home” by Vanessa Carlton playing at my wedding must’ve entered my mind because I remember vividly and suddenly realizing, “Omg!  I can see it now: a small, classy wedding outside on a sunny day and my husband walking down the aisle (not set in stone!) while Vanessa Carlton is playing.  Ahhh… perfect.”  I can also imagine the piano solo at the end playing during the opening of the wedding too.  Oh, and I sang this to my boyfriend in public at my last show… which I hope he appreciated.

Sometimes I think thinking of my wedding makes me seem super gay… but then I realize it’s not that big a deal and at least I haven’t decided what flowers I want and theme for the wedding should have lots of whites and–


30 Day Song Challenge: Day 22: A song you listen to when you’re sad

1 05 2011

Where do I begin?

I didn’t think Christmas songs could ever be sad but I was wrong.  Several of the songs off Sarah McLachlan’s Christmas album Wintersong are tigned with sadness and as such, I’ve listened to the album a few times when I’m down in the dumps or one time, when I was making dinner.  Anyway.

I don’t have much else to say except the only Christmas carols I will really listen to are the ones sung by this awesome lady.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy

30 04 2011

“If I’m having a good time and I’m happy and things are going really well, why would I want to stop what I’m doing to go and write at the piano?”

Fiona Apple said these words during an interview with Craig Ferguson about songwriting and I feel the same way about listening to music while I’m in a good mood.  Why would I listen to a song when I’m happy instead of doing whatever makes me happy?  I may listen to a song which might make me feel happy but I don’t generally listen to a song when I’m happy.  Anyway!

Gotta abide by the rules.  So I went through my CD collection and didn’t really find anything so I turned to my favourites on youtube and found Mika’s “Relax, Take It Easy” which is a good song.  I never really liked “Grace Kelly” but his other songs are actually pretty catchy, which reminds me — I should probably pick up his CDs sometime.  Hmm.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry

29 04 2011

Well, first of all, I’m not usually angry.  Second of all, when I’m angry, I don’t usually listen to music; I’ll talk to friends or write it out or do something else.  Third, if I do turn to music, I will play it out on the piano rather than sit and listen to a song.  So!  It was a little hard to think of a song that I’d actually listen to if I were in fact angry, but after looking around my CD collection on my desk, Ms. Fiona Apple came into my sights.

Though “Limp” is a song that upon listening to it, I actually feel angry, it’s not particularly a song I’d listen to if I were angry, but it’s the closest thing.  Maybe I’ll do it next time.  And there’s a percussion solo in the middle of the song!  How rare.