30 Day Music Challenge: Day 20

A song that has many meanings to you.

This requires a little bit of thought. I mean I’d love to be able to point to a song and say, “yes, this,” but I can’t.

I think that I’ll choose a song with one of my favorite double entendres of all time in it, “Words are cheap, but can turn out expensive, words like ‘conviction’ can turn into a sentence.”

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Kind and Generous” Natalie Merchant

Sweet Caroline “ Neil Diamond

Wicked” Indina Menzel and Kristin Chenowith

You Can Close Your Eyes” James Taylor

The Circle Game” Joni Mitchell

Magic Power” Triumph

Sweet Surrender” Sarah McLaughlin

Alison (My Aim Is True)” Elvis Costello & The Attractions

A Whiter Shade Of Pale” Procol Harum

Just A Girl” No Doubt



30 Day Music Challenge: Day 19

A song that makes you think about life.

You know, I figured this would be the hardest one for me to figure out. I wasn’t wrong. There’s a lot of music that speaks to me in ways that get me thinking about various aspects of life, and maybe that’s what is being sought here – just some music that makes one think about some vaguery of life.

From the first time I heard this song, it hit me. It’s not a particularly great song, but it has held meaning for me for almost 30 years. I remember telling my dad how important it was that I got to know him because of this song. I may not have ever have told him that had it not been for this simple pop song.

Wisdom of Crowds picks:

“What a Wonderful World “ Louis Armstrong

I Lived” One Republic

“In the Blood” John Mayer

No Ceiling” Eddie Vedder

Hurt” Johnny Cash

Oh Very Young” Cat Stevens

The Middle” Jimmy Eat World

Days Like This” Van Morrison

All About Soul” Billy Joel

Cats In The Cradle” Harry Chapin

Symphony No. 9 ~ Beethoven

The Captain & The Kid” Jimmy Buffett

Keep Your Head Up” Andy Grammer

Stairway To Heaven” Led Zeppelin

Best I Ever Had” The Swellers

Leader of the Band” Dan Fogelberg

The Dance” Garth Brooks

Man in the Mirror” Michael Jackson

Wash Away” Joe Purdy

Landslide” Fleetwood Mac


30 Day Music Challenge: Day 18

A song from the year you were born.

Wow. What a trip. At first, I considered just going with the song that was #1 the week I was born but decided against that because….well, because it’s kind of blah. Then I started thinking about some hokey stuff: “Candida” is a trip; “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” is great. When I was in grad school, “Cecilia” was having a bit of a revival, so I considered that.

There’s more than a few songs I’d really like to choose, but ultimately I went with one that reflects what was going on in the world I was born into. We were slogging our way through Southeast Asia, fighting a war we really had no business fighting. Young men dying because our government couldn’t commit to fighting the war as it should be fought and not getting out because of the egos of our leaders.

What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Wisdom of Crowds Picks:

Make it with you” Bread

Make it with you” The Carpenters

Green Eyed Lady” Sugarloaf

Margaritaville” Jimmy Buffett

Could It Be I’m Falling In Love” The Spinners

I’ll Be Around” The Spinners

Mr. Sandman” The Chordettes

Good Vibrations” The Beach Boys

More than A Feeling” Boston

Rock the Casbah” The Clash

Touch Me” The Doors

Paranoid” Black Sabbath

“I Shot The Sheriff “ Eric Clapton

Ride Captain Ride” Blues Image

“Sweet Little Sixteen” Chuck Berry

Shake, Rattle and Roll” Joe Turner

Dirty Water” The Standells

Hello, I Love You” The Doors


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