Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you
Is it a science fiction story? Is it about God? Is it really a straightforward song about a bird-shaped nightlight? Is it all these things and more? “Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants has many, many meanings.
Day 19: A song that makes you think about life
For pondering life, there is always the lyrics of “Anthem” by Leonard Cohen.
Day 18: A Song from the year you were born
I was born in 1973, the same year Gladys Knight and the Pips released this absolutely perfect song, “Midnight Train to Georgia.”
Day 17: A song you’d sing a duet with someone on karaoke
I’ve never sung karaoke, but I have a long-standing agreement with an old friend to sing “I Touch Myself” by The Divinyls when I do.
Day 16: A song that’s a classic favorite
Today’s prompt is wonderfully vague, but no one is going to argue against Otis Redding’s “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” being a classic.
Day 15: A song that you like that is a cover by another artist
Sun Ra released “Nuclear War” in 1984, but Yo La Tengo recorded four different covers of the song. “Nuclear War (Version 2)” is my favorite because a chorus of children singing profanities just slays me in all figurative uses of that word.
Day 14: A song you’d love to be played at your wedding
Susan and I danced to “Cheek to Cheek” by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald at our wedding, just about 13 years ago.
Day 13: A Song You Like from the 70s
The 1970s offers some great songs, and some awful, terrible, no good songs. “Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum is one of the good ones.
I’ve made a top ten list for every year of my life, so if you want to see more songs I like from the 1970s, check out these pages:
Day 12: A song from your preteen years
My preteen years – roughly 1983-1986 – corresponded with the funky fresh era of old school hiphop, so let’s go with “Jam On It” by Newcleus.
Day 11: A Song You Never Get Tired Of
There are several, but “Lloyd, I’m Ready to Be Heartbroken” by Camera Obscura is one song I never get tired of. Those harmonies, the lush strings, the deceptive lyrics…aaahhh.