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1001 Songs Challenge: Day Sixty-Seven


Music is one of my favorite things in the world, obviously. Happy, sad, or whatever, I always go to music. Today, after a day of up and downs, including pure anger, I was more than happy to turn to this playlist tonight. In fact, it was exactly what I needed.

1. Move Your Body – Marshall Jefferson

As a personal trainer, I had high expectations from the title alone (yes, I know you shouldn’t make snap judgements on a track based on title). Despite its house/dance genre, there is a jazzy piano introduction that is brilliant to listen to. This is a decent dance track, and something you’d definitely have expected to hear at a personal training studio about ten years ago.

2. Rise – Public Image Ltd.

This is an 80s staple. I guarantee, if you sing, “I could be wrong, I could be right!” someone else will sing, “I could be black, I could be white!” Drawing from the accounts of victims of the South African apartheid, the lyrics are powerful, especially when added with the rock-edge of the instrumental, as well as the versatility of the sound it possesses.

3. Love Can’t Turn Around – Farley “Jackmaster” Funk

Deemed a house classic, it is a bit much for me; it seems to try a little too hard. However, it is memorable, which is perhaps why it was included in the list. It’s definitely the sort of track I can imagine being extremely popular in 1986, when it came out. I am most fond of the piano part of the song, as it possesses the most character to me.

4. Dear God – XTC

As someone who is not religious, I wasn’t sure what to expect. When I listened and realized it was a letter to God explaining why he couldn’t believe, I was intrigued. In all truth, I wondered if I would hear the reasons that have been rattling in my own brain for all these years. I wondered if someone else didn’t believe they had the patience for it either. Overall, it was a good song, especially when the introduction kicks off with a child singing, before moving into both a more adult voice and phrasing.

5. Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely – Husker Du

The contrast between the conflicting emotions present in both the lyrics and the tone and the more aggressive music is what makes this both a great breakup anthem, as well as early pop-punk, in my opinion. I actually surprised myself with the fact that I liked it. It was extremely catchy and a great listen.

6. Kiss – Prince & The Revolution

An iconic song in its own right. However, I am often torn, unsure of whether or not I actually like it. Between his falsetto and the lack of bass, there is something that draws you in, I won’t even pretend to not notice that. However, all I can think about when I hear this is the scene from Pretty Woman.

7. Attencion Na SIDA – Franco

From the opening notes, this song had me completely entranced. It is stunning. With such a happy tune to it, you’d never know it was written as an awareness piece for the aids pandemic. The title of the track translates to “Beware of AIDS.” Franco, both an AIDS patient and extremely outspoken, has a booming vocal that really does have a hold over listeners.

8. Under The Milky Way – The Church

Hauntingly poetic and sharp, this song is a masterpiece. There is something anthemic about it, as well as cinematic. I find myself playing this one again and again. It’s got an ethereal quality to it that makes it an automatic classic.

9. Bamboleo – Gipsy Kings

I love this song and the pure skill that you can hear as each note gets played. The vocals are strong and only add to the energetic quality of the track. This is like being back in Spain and watching the flamenco dancers. I can almost picture their stunning, colorful dresses as the incredible house band plays with a proficiency that leaves audiences baffled. This song can transport you there.

10. This Corrosion – The Sisters of Mercy

With a somewhat eerie choral beginning fazing into an electronic pop-rock anthem, I wasn’t really sure what to do with this track. All I know is that I actually liked it. The vocals reminded me somewhat of David Bowie and the overall sound has a power to it that is undeniable.


…and so ends a mixed bag of a day, with a great playlist to cap it off. I liked the versatility of this playlist. It was a bit unpredictable, which, I suppose imitated my day.

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1001 Song Challenge: Day 25



Woo! Officially one-fourth of the way through. I suppose it’s also time I make a video. Hmm…


1. Alone Again Or – Love

You want to talk about a psychedelic song? This is it, especially when you add in the mariachi band. One thing I really love about this song is the approach to talking about  a long-distance relationship. There was something that expressed the emotion of, “Man, this sucks, the person I love is forever away,” without sounding like Love was throwing themselves a pity party. Respectable, in my opinion.

2. Tin Soldier – The Small Faces

I find that it’s impossible not to love this song. There’s a fantastic beat, with a crashing introduction into rock and roll as we know it. When Steve Marriot starts to sing the hook, it’s a definite hint at the rock and roll that would take over in the 80s. Seriously. Listen to this song, and be amazed.

3. See Emily Play – Pink Floyd

I’m not a big Pink Floyd fan. At all. I have to be truthful. Before I get attacked in the comment section, let me say that I have heard a lot of their music. I recognized the guitar riff for this song immediately, and I respect the fact that the band was resourceful in how they produced their psychedelic-special effects.  I should also add that I am a bigger fan of Bowie’s cover of this song.

4. A Whiter Shade of Pale – Procol Harum

One thing people always say about this song is that they don’t get what the lyrics mean. I don’t think it means anything. It seems to be quite literally a collection of observations from the party that the song was originally inspired by. I could say that it was a pensive, metaphorical way to speak about fame, and its effects, but who knows? Anyway, I think it’s quite soulful and has a beautiful melody, so why not give it a listen?

5. The Tears of a Clown – Smokey Robinson and The Miracles

I knew this song from sound, but not by name…and let me tell you, I’ll own up to making judgements based on the name. I was so confused as to why a song would have such a strange name. Then, when the track came on, the lightbulb went off; hello old radio I listened to as a kid. Lyrically, this song is pure gold, and musically, it’s just as well-done.

6. Sunshine of Your Love – Cream

This riff from Eric Clapton is iconic. The track itself is iconic, if I’m honest. The raw need and desire of this song is almost tangible, illustrating the talents of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Pete Brown. This is the type of song more young rock musicians should try to aspire to, of course, with their own style and originality painting the canvas.

7. Cold Sweat – James Brown and The Famous Flames

It seems that anything involving James Brown turned out to be a success, and this song is no accept ion. It’s brilliantly upbeat, with a personality all its own that makes it stand out amongst the rest. A great seven minutes of your life.

8. The First Cut Is The Deepest – PP Arnold

This song has been covered by basically everyone. But, with all due respect, there’s a reason this song is a classic. PP Arnold sings a tale of heartbreak and learning to not let the past sting you so badly as to make you hesitate in moving on; each line is sang with pin-point emotion that will inspire goosebumps.

9. I Say a Little Prayer – Aretha Franklin

Yes, our minds may automatically flicker to the version of this song from My Best Friend’s Wedding, as Rupert Everett led a fantastic group sing-along in a restaurant, but let’s discuss Ms. Aretha Franklin’s version for a moment. Despite the song originally being performed by Dionne Warwick, Franklin made it her own. There’s no imitation in her voice. It leaves many listeners wondering which came first: Warwick or Franklin?

10. The Snake – Al Wilson

This is such a theatrical song, and it’s wonderful. It’s also a great cautionary tale for people: A kind woman takes a cold snake into her care, taking care of him, etc. So then he bites/poisons her, and she obviously is hurt. However, the snake points out, “Now you knew darn well I was a snake before you brought me in.” I cannot say enough about this song; lyrically, I adore it, and musically, I am awe-inspired.


Yes, I am exhausted. Yes, I want to go to bed. But even if I have to admit something about this playlist: it’s a good enough listen to make you fight your eyes desperately trying to close. Getting closer and closer to the 70s, and you know what that means: references to That 70s Show!

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1001 Songs Challenge: Day 16



After a very tedious day, I will own up that listening to ten songs from the 60s was not on my “Yipee! I Can’t Wait To Do This!” list. But that’s the thing about music; it can change your entire mood. As I listened to these songs I neither had the time nor the energy for, I found a smile creeping its way back onto my face, and I suddenly felt a lot better.


1. Les copains d’abord – Georges Brassens

You know it’s going to be a good mix when it kicks off with some French tunes, and with Georges Brassens’s voice, it’s easy to confirm. His vocal ability is amazing as it is, but added in such eloquently delivered French, and I find myself in awe. The soft guitar is a perfect addition.

2. Samba Malato – Nicomedes Santa Cruz

While I respect it for the beauty of the instrumentation and such, the actual track itself wasn’t something I was overly sold on. I’m not sure why, but it just wasn’t something I could imagine playing over and over again.

3. Walk On By – Dionne Warwick

Here’s one I am all too familiar with. I must admit, it is a great song, and considering I’ve been singing along to it since I was about five and my mother wouldn’t stop pressing the repeat button, I had no choice but to love it. The beauty of it? The raw emotion Dionne Warwick manages to inflect with her voice.

4. Don’t Gimme No Lip Child – Dave Berry

From the opening with the harmonica to that first glimpse of the funk/psychedelic sound that dominated the 70s, it’s difficult not to be intrigued by this track. It’s not an amazing track, but there is definitely something charming about it.

5. E se domani – Mina

Such a soft, melodic opening, and then Mina’s feather light voice takes over, providing beautiful, breathy notes that most female singers will probably envy, especially as she approaches those larger notes filled with so much character.

6. The Girl From Ipanema – Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised by the beautifully soft strumming of the guitar accompanying a velvet-like vocal styling that is delivered to perfection.

7. A Change Is Gonna Come – Sam Cooke

A great, anthemic track. There is something so powerful about this song, and it is extraordinary. Easily one of my favorite classic songs to rock out to.

8. Dancing In The Street – Martha and The Vandellas

Familiar by sound again, and I love this picture that gets painted of an entire community of a variety of people coming together to dance and just enjoy music. This is the type of music that has inspired generations: the type that brings people together.

9. I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – Dusty Springfield

Okay, okay. Let’s put all the cards on the table: we all imagine Cameron Diaz singing this in a bar while Julia Roberts attempts to embarrass her and get the guy in My Best Friend’s Wedding. Amazingly, there are people who actually know the original before Cameron Diaz purposely butchered it as Kimmy in the film. Dusty Springfield had this amazingly strong, sensual voice, and it’s hard to imagine the song being done any other way (unless, of course, it’s for the sake of comedy).

10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling – The Righteous Brothers

This always reminds me of my Grandad. He used to play this constantly. In fact, I’m pretty he is a regular singing along to this during a round of car-eoke. The melody, emotion, and genius of this song is hard to miss, and it’s easy to see why it’s a classic.


Okay, I admit it. I peeked ahead and I am super excited for the next few days. I know a lot of them already and just knowing I get to listen to them for work makes me extremely happy (who doesn’t want to sing along to “House of The Rising Sun” or “Stop! In The Name of Love”?). Get ready for it guys! The 60s are turning way way up!

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