30 Day Song Challenge Week 1 Recap

I’ve seen a few of my friends post these online lately, and since I never really made more than a month into and 365 projects, I figured this one would be appropriate for my attention span. The concept is really easy, post one song on Facebook each day for a month. Each day has a different theme, or title, to keep you motivated. I find that you can find out a lot through an exercise like this. This is my mix-tape to the world.

Here is what I posted over week 1.

Day 1: Your favorite song. I don’t know anyone who’s favorite song doesn’t change with the phases of the moon, but Green & Dumb by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers has been a longtime favorite. I love all of Roger’s lyrics, especially the way that “If I weren’t so empty in the head and tied up in the tongue” has a such a nice lilt to it.

Day 2: You least favorite song. I chose Carnival by Natalie Merchant, although you could have substituted this for any other song by her or 10,000 Maniacs. I hated them in the 90s, I loathe them now.

Day 3: A song that makes you happy. I love Uncle Mingo’s Bottle of Moonlight. What’s that, you ask? A little known band from South Carolina that I’m happy to report is still playing locally. I seriously challenge you to listen to this song and not be happy.  “Mas despacio, no comprende, no entiendo- what you say? I can not understand you but I love you anyway “

Uncle Mingo’s MySpace Page

Day 4: A song that makes you sad. Please Stay – Warren Zevon. This song is off of his last album, one that he wrote and recorded after being diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. He passed away just as it was released.

Day 5: A song that reminds you of someone. I went to see my friend Jim Coan play guitar in various restaurants, bars, and pubs, for nearly 20 years. He flew to Key West and played the reception of my wedding. Paul Simon’s Late in the Evening was one of the first songs I remember Jim playing as I was under age in Chi Chi’s sneaking booze in the parking lot with the waitresses.

Day 6: A song that reminds you of somewhereSoulja Boy – Crank That. (Didn’t expect this one, now did ya?) Can’t hear this song without thinking of being 9 months pregnant in the last season in the Orange Bowl in Miami. See the video…

Day 7: A song that reminds you of a certain event. Ok, I did a lot of Rocky Horror Picture Shows during high school and college in Baltimore – but one night a 13 year old ‘bust out as Frankenfurter and I nearly wet my pants. I was sitting with my buddy Carlos who could not stop cracking jokes like “does your mother know where you are?? Am I going to get arrested for watching this?? Where is Pee Wee Herman?” I can’t hear Sweet Transvetite without that story coming to mind, and it always makes me smile.

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