The 30-Day Song Challenge

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Thanks to Donna of MyOBT for this idea. She once published a post by the same name which caught my fancy. I chose to do the 30 daily challenges all in one post.

  • A song you like with a color in the title—Nights in White Satin. When I was a freshman in college, someone I dated introduced me to the Moody Blues.
  • A song you like with a number in the title—50 Ways to Leave Your Lover by Paul Simon. This song getting a lot of air time in 1972 when I met my husband, Greg.
  • A song that reminds you of summertime—I grew up near the Jersey shore. Summer meant the beach, and the beach meant surfing. Wipeout:
  • A song that reminds you of someone you’d rather forget—Yeah.
  • A song that needs to be played loudly—Life in the Fast Lane, Joe Walsh/ Eagles.
  • A song that makes you want to dance—Jump.
  • A song to drive to—For five years I commuted to Phoenix. That’s when I discovered KBAQ, the local classical music station. My car radio is always set to it, because listening to beautiful music is my preventative and antidote to road rage. Die Moldau, by Bedrich Smetena.
  • A song about drugs or alcohol—The first Amy Winehouse song I ever heard was Rehab, and I hated it. It wasn’t until after she died that I listened to some of her earlier work and realized what a talent she was. It breaks my heart that she was taken from us by drugs.
  • A song that makes you happy—Oh, come on. It’s got to be Pharrell Williams’ Happy:
  • A song that makes you sad—In 1978, I miscarried my first baby. Wildfire was popular at the time, and all I need to hear is the opening piano line, and I’m back in that time and mourning my baby all over again.
  • A song you never get tired of—Free Falling by John Mayer.
  • A song from your pre-teen years—In sixth grade a classmate asked me what radio station I listened to. I said, “I watch television.” Then I discovered the Beatles—I Saw Her Standing There.
  • A song you like from the 70s—I absolutely loved disco, especially the Bee Gees. You Should Be Dancing:
  • A song you’d love to be played at your wedding—I don’t even think I was aware of this song when Greg and I got married 47 years ago: Paul Stookey’s The Wedding Song.
  • A song you like that’s a cover by another artist—Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal played by 2Cellos. I was obsessed with this when it came out. I watched the video over and over for months.
  • A song that’s a classic favorite—Bridge Over Troubled Water, Simon and Garfunkel.
  • A song you’d sing as a duet in karaoke—I’ve never sung karaoke, but if I were forced to sing a duet, I’d want to do Baby, It’s Cold Outside, and hope it would be as wonderful as this performance by Zooey Deschanel and Will Farrell:
  • A song from the year you were born—This tune was #1 on the hit parade a month after I was born in 1952: Glow Worm.
  • A song that makes you think about life—I don’t actually like this song, because to me faith is the most important ingredient of life; but it does make me think about what life could be like without any conflict. Imagine:
  • A song that has many meanings to you—Annie’s Song is perhaps among the most beautiful love songs ever written, but John Denver divorced his first wife, and was physically abusive toward her. (His second marriage also ended in divorce.) Lovely words do not you a decent person.
  • A song you like with a person’s name in the title—Layla by Eric Clapton.
  • A song that moves you forward—I dare you to stay still when Uptown Funk is playing:
  • A song you think everyone should listen to—Here and Heaven. This is part of the “Goat Rodeo Sessions” (look it up; there’s a wonderful video of a small desk concert from NPR) of Chris Thile, Aoife O’Donovan, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. I love the instrumentation and the harmonies.
  • A song by a band you wish was still together—Blackbird by Paul McCartney, back in the Beatles days. How young he was.
  • A song you like by a dead artist—I got to hear Rich Mullins in person twice at the church I was attending at the time. He and the Ragamuffin Band knew how to put on a show—three hours of non-stop music, with lots of instruments you rarely get to see, like hammer dulcimers and dixie cups. Musicians would leave the stage one or two at a time for breaks, but the music would continue. In September 1997, when I heard he had been killed in a traffic accident, my first thought was I would never hear him in concert again. One of my favorite songs of his is Boy Like Me/ Man Like You.
  • A song that makes you want to fall in love—This is my favorite song from A Star Is Born. I saw this video early on, and it convinced me I had to see the movie. Look What I’ve Found reminds me how blessed I am to have a long marriage to the man I love.
  • A song that breaks your heart—Broken Together. When I think of all the unhappy, lonely people who broke off a relationship rather than forgive each other and try again. . .
  • A song by an artist whose voice you love—You Belong to Me by Michael McDonald/ Doobie Brothers. I also love this sung by Carly Simon.
  • A song you remember from your childhood—When I was a girl, my mother always had the radio set on WOR—it was the soundtrack of my childhood. Whenever Hernando’s Hideaway (from The Pajama Game, which opened on Broadway in 1954) came on, she’d grab me and tango me around the living room.
  • A song that reminds you of yourself—The relationships between parents and children are complicated. Teach Your Children Well makes me think of disagreements with my parents and rough times with my five kids. The bottom line is, we’re imperfect, and we love each other anyway.

 

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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