Category: Music

Day 20 – Song You Listen to When You’re Angry

Foo Fighters – Pretender

Okay, this was not easy. There are a bunch of songs I listen to when angry.. hell, I have an entire playlist of “angry” songs.. Fiona Apple’s “Sleep to Dream” is a favorite, as is Saba’s “Sad Little Boys.” There’s the Ting Tings “Shut up and Let Me Go,” Limp Bizkit’s “Nookie” and of course Cee-Lo’s “Fuck You.” So I randomly selected this one, because it’s one of many songs I listen to to let off steam when what I’d really like to do would most likely end up with me needing bail money… Plus, I’ve been feeling this one for a couple of days now anyway..

Day 19 – A Song From Your Favorite Album

The Beatles – Abbey Road Medley – (Mean Mr. Mustard/Polythene Pam/She Came in Through the Bathroom Window/Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End/Her Majesty)

Favorite Album? Song? Really? After much thought (okay, maybe not THAT much), realizing I couldn’t just pick ONE favorite album, never mind a favorite song off a favorite album, I picked a favorite album side.. sort of.  Abbey Road might very well be my favorite Beatles album (although, really, sometimes I think Rubber Soul is.. See? This really is NOT easy for me..). Most of side two (after “Because” and “Here Comes the Sun”) consists of eight songs that blend in to one another, commonly known as “The Medley.” Separately, the songs are good, but when listened to the way they were intended, back to back, flowing into one another, I can say this medley is my favorite song off ONE of my favorite albums…

Day 18 – Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio

Ernie Halter – “Almost You”

I’d be happy to hear anything by Ernie Halter on the radio – even if that means they over play it… then again, I’d be happy with that too… so.. Yeah, here’s one of my faves off “Franklin and Vermont”

Day 17 – A Song You Hear Often on the Radio

Rhianna Ft. Drake: What’s My Name?

I don’t really listen to the radio very often. When I do, this is one of the songs I hear often that I actually like.

Day 16 – A Song that You Used to Love But Now Hate

Jenny Owen Youngs – F**k Was I..

It’s not so much that I hate this song (again, “hate” – such a vile word..), it’s more that I can’t listen to it anymore. I fell in love with this song, initially, because, well, it’s a brilliant concept, and who hasn’t gone through a situation that left them wondering “what the f**k was I thinking?” Right?

Eventually, however,  the song started to hit a little too close to home and the situation it reminded me of became too painful.  Now it just reminds me of a messed up moment in my life and person I’d rather forget.. so yeah, it’s still a brilliant song, I just can’t listen to it without feeling sick to my stomach..

Day 15 – A Song That Describes You

Gnarls Barkley: Crazy

Because Meredith Brooks’ “Bitch” would have been too obvious, apparently.

Day 14 – A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love

Dweezil and Ahmet Zappa – Hit Me Baby One More Time (yes, THAT “Hit Me Baby One More Time” … and then again, not exactly)

Yeah, so the song might be a little surprising… However, this version is awesome!

Day 13 – A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure

Taio Cruz ft. Ludacris:  Break Your Heart

It’s a fun song. I like it. Don’t judge

Day 12 – A Song From a Band You Hate

The Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow

A band I hate? Well, ‘hate’ is a bit strong, but I guess you can say I loathe and detest the Black Eyed Peas.  To me, this band represents everything that is wrong with popular music today. I’m sure, somewhere underneath the poorly written lyrics,  auto-tuned vocals and over produced ‘music’, there must lie some talent – somewhere deep underneath… like dig a hole to China deep. However,  the fact that this kind of crap actually sells kills me considering how much actual good, real music is out there. This song, however, is one that I can moderately tolerate, mostly because it’s one of the songs I’ve danced around to in Zumba class – an activity I love – so, there is that.

Day 11 – A Song From Your Favorite Band

The Beatles – Sexy Sadie

My favorite band of all time is the Beatles – No contest there. It’s really not easy for me to pick a favorite song of theirs, truly. But if I absolutely had to just pick one, “Sexy Sadie” would be it.

According to Beatles’ lore, John Lennon wrote “Sexy Sadie” to express his disillusionment with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who the Beatles had gone to for some spiritual guidance. The story has many different variations as to what exactly happened, but it all boils down to the Maharishi, a spiritual leader, not practicing what he was preaching. Originally, the song was actually titled “Maharishi.” I’ve read that George Harrison insisted John change the title. I’m guessing, considering the backlash from the whole “We’re bigger than Jesus Christ” statement earlier on in the Beatles’ career, John saw wisdom in complying.

To me, the song represents my own personal disillusionment with religion and religious leaders as a whole. I’ve often said I am a spiritual person. I do believe in a higher power out there. However, my personal experience has led me to disavow anyone who tries to tell me what it is that that higher power wants from me. For me, spiruality, seeking solace, guidance, or, expressing gratitude for all the good in my life comes from within, not from some organization or person trying to control me (or my wallet, if I had anything in it).

All that, plus, hey, it’s an awesome song.. and I LOVE John Lennon’s voice (even if he himself hated the sound of it.. Clearly, I really HAVE read way too many books about the Beatles..)