30 Day Song Challenge: My Favorite Song At This Time Last Year

DAY 30: My Favorite Song At This Time Last Year

Not gonna lie…at this point last year I was feeling this song. I don’t really consider Taio Cruz to be a great talent. I imagine he’s a product of a producer in a studio and has some talent but probably has zero stage presence. that being said, this song was all over the radio last year at this time and my kids both loved it and admittedly…so did I. Here’s Taio Cruz with “Break Your Heart.” The final song in my 30 Day Song Challenge (thankfully). And this will be the last time I EVER do something like this! LOL

30 Day Song Challenge: A Song From My Childhood

DAY 29: A Song From My Childhood

Oh come on. I was born in the 60’s, raised in the 70’s, went through puberty in the 80’s and started my adult life in the 90’s. Needless to say, I’ve heard my share of great music. And when I was a kid, I remember hearing all kinds of great music from my parents 8-track or in the jukebox at our restaurant. One song that I remember really liking for a variety of reasons was Alan O’Day’s “Undercover Angel.” It was #1 in 1977 and I remember hearing it playing at my parents’ restaurant over & over. I liked it because the artists’ name was the same as mine. And because I liked “Charlie’s Angels.” And because it was a great song! Anyway…here it is. Great pop from the late 70’s!

30 Day Song Challenge: A Song That Makes Me Feel Guilty

DAY 28: A Song That Makes Me Feel Guilty

Guilt is a pretty strong emotion and surprisingly there aren’t many songs that make me “feel” that way. However there is one artist that brings back some pretty strong reminders of a past relationship that always makes me feel guilty about our breakup and his music always makes me think of my previous wife from many years ago. She had a fondness for James Taylor and to this day, “Fire & Rain” makes me think of her. I know that she remarried and had children and I hope she is having a great life. But “Fire & Rain” always brings back a guilty feeling, even though it has been years since the last time I saw her.

30 Day Song Challenge: A Song I Wish I Could Play

DAY 27: A Song I Wish I Could Play

Oh how I love me some sax. If there was ever an instrument that makes me wanna…well…turn up my radio it’s the saxophone. And if I were gonna learn how to play an instrument it would be the saxophone. And if I was gonna play one song, I’d want to play Gerry Rafferty’s “Baker Street.” Always loved that song and the sax makes me wanna cry it’s so good. Check it out!

And now check out my Top 10 Favorite Sax Songs!!!

30 Day Song Challenge: A Song I Used To Hate But Now Love

DAY 26: A Song I Used To Hate But Now Love

Originally this category was supposed to be “A Song That I Can Play On An Instrument,” but seeing as how I can’t play an instrument, I figured this would play well since we had the opposite track at Day 16 with “A Song I Used To Love But Now Hate.”

So now…what song did I USED to hate but now love? Well…this one is easy. When I was younger, I just didn’t get Bob Seger. He seemed like a poor man’s Bruce Springsteen to me and I wasn’t that big of a Springsteen fan in the 80’s to care for either of them that much. As the years go by though, I’ve come to appreciate the lyrics and music of both musicians and Bob Seger has now come to hold a special place in my heart simply because of his heartfelt lyrics seem so appropriate now that I’m older. “Against The Wind” is the staple in his collection of greatest hits. I never got it. But now that I’ve lived life a little I do. And this song speaks volumes to me.

“Against The Wind”
by Bob Seger

It seems like yesterday
But it was long ago
Janey was lovely, she was the queen of my nights
There in the darkness with the radio playlng low
And the secrets that we shared
The mountains that we moved
Caught like a wildfire out of control
Till there was nothing left to burn and nothing left to prove

And I remember what she said to me
How she swore that it never would end
I remember how she held me oh so tight
Wish I didn’t know now what I didn’t know then

Against the wind
We were runnin’ against the wind
We were young and strong, we were runnin’
against the wind

And the years rolled slowly past
And I found myself alone
Surrounded by strangers I thought were my friends
I found myself further and further from my home
And I guess I lost my way
There were oh so many roads
I was living to run and running to live
Never worried about paying or even how much I owed
Moving eight miles a minute for months at a time
Breaking all of the rules that would bend
I began to find myself searchin’
Searching for shelter again and again
Against the wind
A little something against the wind
I found myself seeking shelter against the wind

Well those drifters days are past me now
I’ve got so much more to think about
Deadlines and commitments
What to leave in, what to leave out

Against the wind
I’m still runnin’ against the wind
Well I’m older now and still
Against the wind

30 Day Song Challenge: A Song That Makes Me Laugh

DAY 25: A Song That Makes Me Laugh

Belly laughs are hard to come by but if I ever want a tune that makes me crack up, I’d have to go with the Saturday Night Live/Andy Samberg/Justin Timberlake track…”D*** In A Box.”

Yeah…I know it’s not PC but it’s just so damn funny AND it’s a really good song! LOL

30 Day Song Challenge: A Song I Want Played At My Funeral

DAY 24: A Song I Want Played At My Funeral

What a morbid sort of category but I guess it’s gonna happen sometime…so if I were to pick a song that I would want played in celebration of my untimely death, I would have to pick “Dead Man’s Party” by Oingo Boingo.

Just kidding.

In order to keep in perspective that a funeral is truly a celebration of one’s life, I think I will go with something that is quiet yet has big meaning. Pearl Jam’s “Man of the Hour” was written for the 2003 Tim Burton film, “Big Fish.” Although it’s told from a son’s perspective on his father’s death, it still holds true for almost any man and Eddie Vedder pretty much nails the emotional aspect of losing someone close.

“Man Of the Hour”
by Pearl Jam

Tidal waves don’t beg forgiveness
Crashed and on their way
Father he enjoyed collisions; others walked away
A snowflake falls in may.
And the doors are open now as the bells are ringing out
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
Goodbye for now.

Nature has its own religion; gospel from the land
Father ruled by long division, young men they pretend
Old men comprehend.

And the sky breaks at dawn; shedding light upon this town
They’ll all come round
Cause the man of the hour is taking his final bow
G’bye for now.

And the road
The old man paved
The broken seems along the way
The rusted signs, left just for me
He was guiding me, love, his own way
Now the man of the hour is taking his final bow
As the curtain comes down
I feel that this is just g’bye for now.