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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 11: Days 27, 28, 29 and 30

Before I disappear from the blogosphere for a Christmas holiday time break, I thought it would be good to finally finish the 30 day song challenge… So, in a slightly extended post, here are the last four songs from the challenge:

Day 27: A Song That You Wish You Could Play : Hey Joe, Jimmi Hendrix

I mean, who wouldn’t want to play that riff? Actually, I might have a crack at learning it… I suspect the solo parts may be a bit beyond my basic guitar skills, but who knows, it might just work.

Day 28 – A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty: Friendly Fire, Ben Marwood

Why this song invokes a vague feeling of guilt and sadness I’m not sure. But it does, in a slightly regretful nostalgic way. I guess it’s because the lyrics ring true, although they don’t directly apply to any situation I’ve been in personally, and that, my friends, is the key to excellent lyric writing.

Day29 – A Song From Your Childhood: The Beatles, While My Guitar Gently Weeps

We all grow up listening to the music our parents liked. My folks like The Beatles, Carole King, Fleetwood Mac and Mike Oldfield.. you know, that kind of thing… While My Guitar Gently Weeps was and still is one of my favourites from that selection. I love it.

Day 30 – Your Favourite Song at This Time Last Year:  Many of Horror (When We Collide), Biffy Clyro

I was kind of happy when Matt Cardle covered this song last year… I thought, well at least he’s singing a good song and maybe that will draw attention to the original artists Biffy Clyro, who are great (although I was annoyed when they didn’t call it Many of Horror). But then, wondering around a supermarket one day, I actually heard it – a startling example of how sickly sweet over-produced pop-i-ness can decimate a song. S**t.

Oh well, here is the original version in all its glory. ‘Mon the Biffy!

See you all after Christmas!


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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 10: Days 24, 25 and 26

Time for another dose of the 30 Day Song Challenge. The Challenge is coming to an end… although it has taken way more that 30 days to complete so far, and has been trickier than I expected! I will finish though. This is the penultimate post, so we’re nearly there.

Day 24: A song that you want to play at your funeral – Vital Signs, Frank Turner

So, that’s a pretty morbid question from the 30 Day Song Challenge creator… Up until this point I don’t think I’ve ever considered my funeral in as much detail as to choose the music for it. With the lyrics of this song, Frank Turner reminds us that we need to keep on living and that we should try to make the most of our time even after a loved one has gone. I think that’s a pretty positive thing to say at your own funeral.

Day 25: A song that makes you laugh – Hiphopopotamus vs. Rhymenoceros, Flight of the Conchords

Because this is funny – and what kind of rapping name is Steve?

Day 26: A song that you can play on an instrument – Colourblind, Counting Crows

I love this song! And to prove it here I am playing it at Malmesbury Acoustic Sessions at The Three Cups on the 5th November.

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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 9: Days 21, 22 and 23

So, it’s time to go back to the 30 Day Song Challenge – it’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, so I thought it about time I got on with it. Then we can all go home.

Day 21: A Song That You Listen To When You Are Happy – Insomnia, Feeder

Feeder are a great band to jump around to when you’re in a good mood. Their music also makes me drive faster… that is probably a bad thing.

Day 22: A Song That You Listen To When You’re Sad – Street Spirit, Radiohead

Lots of people have told me that Street Spirit is depressing, but I find that if I’m ever sad this song is actually a good listen. That little section at the end where Thom Yorke sings “immerse your soul in love” gives it an uplifting ending that leaves you feeling more positive as the song closes.

Day 23: A Song That You Want To Play At Your Wedding – Better Together, Jack Johnsonn

This is kind of a moot point – I am already married. Hubby and I have done the first dance thing, and this is what we danced to. I’ve since heard from a DJ friend that this is one of the most common choices among couples (and he thinks it’s a pretty tacky song), but you  know what – I stand by my choice.

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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 8: Days 18, 19 and 20

Time for another dose of the 30 Day Song Challenge. We’re now up to days 18, 19 and 20 – that means only 10 more days to go! Yeah!

Day 18: A Song That You Wish you Heard on the Radio: Paranoid Android, Radiohead

I love OK Computer era Radiohead, but you never, ever, ever hear those songs on the radio. Paranoid Android is over 6 minutes long, and has weighty lyrics & lots of dynamics, making it particularly unfriendly for our radio-waves (apparently). Oh well, it’s an amazing song anyway, so enjoy!

Day 19: A Song From your Favourite Album: Singalong, Ben Marwood

Hmm, choosing a song from my favourite album involves me deciding what my favourite album is. There are many albums that I love, each stirring up different memories or emotional states. In fact, OK:Computer, mentioned above, is one of my all time favourites. But, no – I think I’ll go for something more recent. One of my favourite albums of the moment is Ben Marwood’s Outside There’s a Curse. I couldn’t find the track I wanted (JJ Abrams) on YouTube , so you’ll have to make do with a live version of Singalong. Which is fine by me really (although the sound quality isn’t great).

And lastly:

Day 20: A Song That You Listen You When You’re Angry: We’re In This Together, Nine Inch Nails

When I am frustrated or angry, I like the sound of distorted guitars to soothe my soul. This is a great song for screaming along with after a bad day (in the privacy of the car or shut in your room like a teenager, of course). Grahh!

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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 7: Days 15, 16 and 17

Tut – the week’s gone by and I haven’t updated my blog. That’s very slack of me.

But then, I am a slacker – so…

Anyway, on to today’s post. I have promised a few people that I’ll write a review of last weekend’s Somerfest – a small pub-based festival held at The Somerset Arms, but because it’s Friday afternoon and I’m writing this during my lunch break (over some delicious pea and ham soup, I might add), I’m going for the easy option of The 30 Day Song Challenge – where we’re now advancing on to Days 15, 16 and 17.

Day 15: A Song That Describes You – Secret Smile, Semisonic

Hmm. Tricky one.

I’m not sure whether this song does really describe me… In fact, I don’t think any one song can describe a person truly, as we’re always changing. The person I am now is not the person I was back in the day. Hmm – that’s getting a bit philosophical for a Friday… But anyway, I can relate to  Secret Smile, and it’s one of those songs that pops into my head randomly, even when I haven’t heard it for ages and I’m usually happy to have it there. That’s really why I chose it.

Day 16: A Song That You Used To Love But Now Hate – Cigarettes and Alcohol, Oasis

I’ve spoken before about my love of Oasis turning into hate. They were my choice for “A Song From a Band You Hate” too, because as I have matured in my musical taste, their work has aged. And aged badly at that. Cigarettes and Alcohol kind of sums up everything I used to like about Oasis but now hate. The lyrics which once seemed rebellious now seem thuggish; the guitars which sounded noisy and cool to my ears back then now sound like a re-hashing of every rock song ever produced, and Liam’s vocal which I used to hear as sneeringly arrogant (in a good way) is now nasally arrogant (in a bad way).

Basically, I grew up.

Day 17: A Song That You hear Often On The Radio – Pumped Up Kicks, Foster The People

As a faithful 6 Music listener, I get to hear stuff on the radio that doesn’t annoy me – which makes a nice change to the rubbish on the commercial airwaves these days.

6 Music has really got behind this single, so basically, I’ve had it in my head on and off for about a month (and I’ve been singing it to myself at work, which doesn’t sound good considering the lyrical content… sorry if I’ve been scaring you workmates – it’s just a song… heh, heh *awkward cough*).

So, that’s it for today – don’t worry, I will get my arse in gear and finish my Somerfest review over the weekend. Promise!

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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 6: Days 12, 13 and 14

Continuing the Thirty Day Song Challenge, we get to Days 12, 13 and 14 – so we’re nearly half way through (finally)! Yaysels!

Day 12: A Song From a Band You Hate: Oasis – Half the World Away

Once upon a time, before I grew up and got a better perspective on music in general, I loved Oasis. These days I can’t listen to their songs without, well, cringing.

I would go so far as to say that I hate them, and I just don’t understand why young me loved them so. Odd how your tastes change…

Anyway, Half the World Away is one of the few Oasis songs that I can still listen to without a vague sick feeling of regret, so that’s why I’ve chosen it.

Day 13: A Song That’s a Guilty Pleasure: Tiffany, I Think We’re Alone Now

Yes, ok – it’s cheesy; yes, ok – it’s really 80’s and embarrassing… but guilty pleasures aren’t guilty unless you’re embarrassed to admit you like them. That’s kind of the point.

So, if I’m drunk enough to dance, I’ll probably be up and drunkenly dancing to this. Thank fuck that doesn’t happen often… 😉

And now; last but not least…

Day 14: A Song that No One Would Expect You to Love: Adele, Rolling In The Deep

So I hear that Adele’s been at number 1 in the album charts for weeks and weeks now – which means it kind of ruins my indie/hipster cred to admit that I really love this song.

So called credibility aside for one second though – it’s nice to see an artist who is doing incredibly well because of the strength of her songs and her voice, and not for verging-on-pornographic videos and sexy marketing. Adele; for that I salute you.

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The 30 Day Song Challenge, Part 5: Days 9, 10 and 11

You thought I’d forgotten about the 30 Day Song Challenge, didn’t you… Well, to be fair, I kind of did, but this is a symptom of me not keeping up with my blog as much as I should (and promised myself that I would). Luckily (?) for you, I’m once again trying to keep this blog updated regularly, so I will finish the song challenge – but will be trying to do so as quickly and painlessly as possible! Besides, it’s a nice opportunity to share music that I like with you guys… To that end, here are my song choices for days 9, 10 and 11.

Day 9: A Song That You Can Dance To: The Automatic – Monster

This song will almost always get me on the dance floor, because it’s just fun to bounce around to (yes, bouncing is my equivalent to dancing). The video is pretty cool too, enjoy!

Day 10: A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep: Classical Guitar Music

Saying that classical guitar music makes me fall asleep sounds like a bad thing… but no, when I was little I used to have trouble sleeping, so my mum gave me a classical guitar tape to listen to at bed time (I forget which artist it was). It just helped me relax a bit so I could drift off, so now I always associate classical guitar with sleepy time. I chose the above vid just because it’s a nice piece.

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Day 11: A Song From Your Favourite Band: I am Disappeared – Frank Turner

Yes, I go on about Frank Turner a lot – this is because he’s my favourite, thus his latest song is my choice for day 11. Do I need to say why he’s my favourite? Nah – I think the rest of my blog probably sums that up… particularly this post.

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