30 Day Song Challenge, Day 21: A Song You Listen To When You’re Happy


Some songs just have the vibe you crave when you’re in a good mood, and this is definitely one of them for me.

Nick Lowe – “Half A Boy and Half A Man”

Honorable Mention: The Fabulous Thunderbirds – “Wrap It Up”

Matthew Sweet — “Girlfriend”

How can you NOT be in a good mood when you listen to any of these?

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30 Day Song Challenge, Day 20: A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry


Some songs touch your heart, some move you to tears, and some just make you happy and are full of rainbows and unicorns.

This one does none of those and makes no apologies for it.

If anything, I could consider Limp Bizkit’s Significant Other one of my guilty pleasures because, besides me, who listens to Limp Bizkit in 2011?

Today’s song fits the topic perfectly and is indeed the one I will listen to when pissed off. Perfect therapy – just not while driving.

Limp Bizkit – “Break Stuff (explicit)” (1999)

I feel better. You?

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 19: A Song From Your Favorite Album


There aren’t many albums in my collection that I could consider a favorite. It’s not that I love them all, it’s just that with over 8,000 songs on my iPod, I can pretty much listen to anything that strikes me at any given moment.

Sure there are some I prefer more than others but hardly any that I gravitate to as much as Genesis’ Duke.

It’s been my assertion that this was their last great album of the Collins era, even if they recorded five more after it with Calling All Stations being their last (and quite possibly, the worst record of any genre ever recorded). The album just rocks from beginning to end, which wraps up nicely with Duke’s Travels/Duke’s End, a freaking amazing instrumental arrangement that will blow your mind.

But for today, it’s the first track from Side 2 of Duke: “Turn It On Again” (1980)

I love this song to no end and will sing and play air drums along to it, and it is also on my iPod’s Workout playlist in case I need that extra push when I’m out running.

Prog rock. Man, what the hell happened to it?

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 18: A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio


Here we go with the radio listening again!

Like I said in yesterday’s post, I just don’t give the radio much attention anymore. But I guess if I had to choose just one song I wish I heard a lot more, it would be this one.

The Smithereens – “Strangers When We Meet” (1986)

The Smithereens are one of my favorites not only on record, but live as well. I got a chance to see them a few times back in the day and they kicked major ass. This is an example of one of the best tunes from their debut album Especially for You which also has “Behind the Wall of Sleep” (which I will sing whenever I hear it) and “Blood and Roses”.

Then there’s “Cigarette” and “In A Lonely Place“, too. It’s an epic album that I highly recommend.

30 Day Song Challenge, Day 17: A Song You Hear Often on the Radio


I don’t listen to the radio as often as I used to because I just don’t like what I hear. Must be getting old or something.

Well, I take that back – the radio thing, not the getting old part. I do listen to the radio but with my iPod plugged into it so it’s my music that I hear. And when I don’t do that I’m listening to the local news/talk stations for traffic reports.

But ah, Ann does listen to FM radio in her car and on times when I take it to work, this goddamn song seems to be playing every time.

Katy Perry – “Firework”

And what was that I heard?

“Do you ever feel like a plastic bag floating through the wind, wanting to start again”? That might sound great in lyric form but if you told someone that during the course of a conversation, they’d think you were off your nut.

This song also has the not-so-flattering distinction of being played in the background of just about every freaking teen movie promo, much in the same way Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle” was some time ago.

In other words, it’s time to put it to rest because the world’s had enough of Katy Petty.

Well, her music at least.