The 30 Day Song Challenge The End - A Recap

And that's it - 30 days with 30 songs and 30 short paragraphs with thoughts on the songs. I spent almost 2 weeks working on these posts and they mark quite a big turning point in the blog - firstly, it's the biggest commitment I have made to making posts that far in advance ever, secondly it was a really good excersise in creation of posts and thoughtful remarks, and thirdly it gave me confidence to maybe try a few of the other big ideas that I have not had come out in the wash in the past that I might have started but never got round to completing.

As an aside, I have created a Spotify playlist of most of the songs with some not found on the service which is a shame.  Also, for posterity, here's a list with all the songs.  I think.

Link to the Spotify playlist.

Coldplay - Trouble
Black Lace - Agadoo
Belle and Sebastian - Step into my Office Baby
M83 - You, Appearing
Feeder - Insomnia
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Universally Speaking
Radiohead - 15 Step
Linkin Park - Papercut
LCD Soundsystem - Get Innoccous!
Nine Inch Nails - The Day the World Went Away
The Smiths - Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
Blink 182 - The Rock Show
Girls Aloud - Call the Shots
Ice Cube - It Was A Good Day
Los Campesinos! - You! Me! Dancing!
Oasis - Champagne Supernova
Lady Antebellum - Need You Now
Godspeed You! Black Emperor - The Dead Flag Blues
Belle and Sebastian - Me and the Major
At the Drive-in - Arcarsenal
Elbow - Any Day Now
Arab Strap - Screaming in the Trees
Fleetwood Mac - Songbird
Elbow - Switching Off
Flight of the Conchords - Fashion is Danger
The Twilight Sad - I Became a Prostitute
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood
The Mars Volta - Viscera Eyes
Chris Rea - On the Beach
The XX - Shelter

Hope you enjoyed it.  Normal service, by which I mean slow posts, will restart soon.  I should be back from the various trips by now and entertaining my parents.

The 30 Day Song Challenge Day 30 – Your favourite song this time last year

Shelter by The XX from xx

This song was such a big part of my 2010. It was also a massive part of my 2009 as well. Interestingly, I guess, I haven’t listened to it much in 2011 with so much else taking my attention away. But The XX have around another year or so before they release their next album I’d guess and by then I’ll be up in arms about a) it hasn’t changed b) it sounds totally different and c) I prefer their debut. So I guess I should just enjoy it for what it is – but my goodness does this album soundtrack walking home late at night. It... just has this feeling of buses, trains, orange street lights and blinking traffic lights that are stopping and regulating empty streets. In my head, that’s what I see, and I love it.

The 30 Day Song Challenge Day 29 – A song from your childhood

On the Beach by Chris Rea from On the Beach

You could’ve picked any Chris Rea song from his massive list of songs and it’d probably be on my sister’s and my own lists, and the reason is simple and already covered on this blog in the past – my father listened to Chris Rea non stop when we were growing up. I mean it – the sounds of this song remind me as much of my childhood and my father as it does remind me, in minute detail, the interior of our blue and then silvery Vauxhall Cavalier we had and used to go on holidays. It’s so woven into the fabric of my youth that when last year I went to see Chris Rea in concert it wasn’t due to irony, oh no – it was because I really wanted to go and see him play.



Note: This video is actually my fathers upload. Total views: 2.3 million as of the 29th March 2011.  His other blockbuster video, Driving Home for Christmas is on 3.9 million views.  *shakes head*

The 30 Day Song Challenge Day 28 – A Song that makes you feel guilty

Viscera Eyes by The Mars Volta from Aputechture

I have no idea what this day is supposed to mean – what song will make me feel guilty? Anyway, I chose this Volta track because I have no idea what they are singing about as it’s mostly in Spanish. Indeed, I don’t really know what Volta are singing about normally, but I can understand the individual words. This might be my favourite Volta track, though up there is Drunkship of Lanterns, Metatron and Agadez.

The 30 Day Song Challenge Day 27 – A Song that you wish you could play

Texas Flood by Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble

This song is one of my favourite fretboard wanks and it’s just great – and I wish I could play it not only perfectly, but be able to widdle my way around a guitar like this... but alas I can’t and I never will because it needs true skill that I just don’t have. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks and, you probably can’t teach a drummer how to play like this. At any rate, I love it because I used to play it all the time in Guitar Hero.

The 30 Day Song Challenge Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument

I Became a Prostitute by The Twilight Sad from Forget the Night Ahead

I used to drum, as my friends will know, and it is something that I never lost the ability to do actually. Kind of like riding a bike. However, you do need to keep practising for it to be able to still be considered good and when albums are released with songs like this on them I can’t help but crack out the sticks and start playing. I really miss being able to do that here, in the states, as I don’t have either my electronic kit nor the Rock Band drum set that is good for fake drumming on. I wish I could own a drum kit but without my own place and a space for it to be as loud as possible, then I am not able to try it. Indeed, I hope there to be a room in my house with a few instruments and a good skinned blue kit will fit in nicely.