Day 1: Mr. Blue Sky (ELO): Literally the first song that came to mind when I read the prompt.
Day 2: Bubblegum 45s (Jim Boggia/Jonathan Coulton): Jim Boggia is a singer-songwriter Rand introduced me to. This one’s interesting in that Jonathan Coulton has a songwriting credit. I think the story is that Coulton wrote a song that he ended up not using for anything, and Boggia took it and wrote new lyrics. (I don’t know if he rewrote the melody.) I’m going to share the album version, and then in the comments, I’ll post a live version of him performing it with Coulton and Paul & Storm.
Day 3: Fantastic Voyage (Coolio): There were a number of ways I could have gone with this…but I thought back to songs that remind me of a specific summer. (I dug up an old blog post about this.)
I spent a lot of time driving around in cars, forced to listen to the radio in the summer of 1994. Here’s one of the songs that reminds me of that summer:
(I also considered posting “Here Comes the Hotstepper”)
Day 4: More than Words (Extreme)
This song reminds me of my high school boyfriend, and that’s all I’ve got to say about that.
Day 5: Renegade (Styx)
Despite having grown up in Steeler country, my selection of this song has nothing to do with football. I just like it.
Day 6: Uptown Funk (Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars)
I never, ever get tired of this song.
Day 7: Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas)
I knew day 7 had to be classic rock. I wavered on my specific choice, but settled on this.
Day 8: The Old Black Rum (Great Big Sea)
Day 9: Just Can’t Get Enough (Depeche Mode)
So, this is hard. I have an entire playlist on youtube that’s titled “BE IN A GOOD MOOD” that’s meant to be a pick-me-up when I’m feeling down. And this list is far from complete.
When I replied to Rob’s post on this day, I chose “Wandrin’ Around” by Carbon Leaf. And that’s a good choice. It always makes me happy. But today, I think I’m going to go off list and choose a song by a group people don’t usually think of when they think “happy.” 🙂
Day 10: Cranes Over Hiroshima (Fred Small)
Well. There were certainly a number of songs I could have chosen for this. I actually browsed a list of the 50 saddest songs of all time, and no arguments from me, for the most part. I considered choosing their #6 choice, “He Stopped Loving Her Today,” by George Jones, which may just get my vote for saddest song ever.
But instead, I chose this one. The first time I heard it, I just cried and cried and cried.