By week four, most people would be near wrapping up their 30 song challenge, but since I’m spreading it out over several weeks, I’m not even to half-way yet.
Last time I recalled songs triggered by memories of times and places. This time it’s all about communication.. verbal and non-verbal.
Challenge eight asks for a song to which I know all the words. Well, I suppose there’s always “Happy Birthday.” As far as I know, there is just the one verse, so it’s easy. “Hickory Dickory Dock” is another. The easiest to remember wind up being the ones learned first, I guess. Patsy Cline, some early ’50s things like “Istanbul” and Sam Cooke come to mind for sure. “This Diamond Ring” is another. I have bad lyric recall otherwise and often need to see the words in front of me before I can sing (even if I’m very familiar with the tune of it already), or have to sing along with the song itself. Even then I’m prone to mishearing and will sing the wrong thing.
Ever poked around kissthisguy.com? It’s full of fail and win. I used to sing “Cheer up, sweet Pejean” instead of “Sleepy Jean” when singing along with Daydream Believer. Hell if I know why. Maybe I thought Pejean was a cute nickname or something? No idea. Now I sing that because I know I’m wrong, which makes it okay. I invented a different lyric to sing with Abba’s Fernando, too. I think the song is better my way.
There was something in the air that night
The stars were bright, Fernando
They were shining there for you and me
For liberty, Fernando
Though I never thought that we could lose
There’s no regret
If I had to do the same again
I’d do my friend, Fernando
Dunno why I get so much glee over that. Imagery, I guess.
A song I can dance to is challenge number nine. Well sheesh, anything with a decent beat can be dance music. In university, I swayed drunkenly to songs like I’m in Love With a Man (Nearly Twice my Age) by Shabba Ranks, and Red Red Wine as done by UB40. When I was younger, I tried my hand at choreography for Madonna’s La Isla Bonita (and Vogue, I expect) and Taco’s Puttin’ on the Ritz. I’m so fortunate that my folks had no access to video cameras or Youtube in the ’80s. Ever so fortunate. There were also waltzes and polkas at weddings, of course. And the butterfly, and the obligatory “Bird Dance” as performed by the Emeralds. There was no getting away from that one.
Which puts me in mind of the song I’ll share today: Dance Like an Idiot by Lemon Demon. And because I’m nuts for Buffy the Vampire Slayer, too, it’s a double whammy.
I may as well throw challenge 10 at the end of this, a song that makes me fall asleep. Tricky concept now that I don’t require lullabyes before bed, but as far as relaxing music goes, I’d pick George Winston or some of the stuff Uematsu Nobou did for the Final Fantasy soundtracks. Anything that’s just sort of new-age piano could probably relax me the best, but not the stuff that includes waves and nature sounds. That stuff just takes away from enjoying the music.