So, the 30 Day Song Challenge is sweeping Facebook at the moment, and as with many of my friends, I spent a spare few hours pondering such existential questions as “But what song defines *me* as a person?” and “What does *guilt* really mean in this context?”. From this, the list below was produced. There’s more than 30 songs, I didn’t do it in thirty days, whether a Wii game counts as a song is rather dubious, but it was definitely a challenge. And here’s (what I consider to be) some ace music.

This article is in three parts, and the first part is here, and the second here.

day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

This makes me so happy. How can you listen to Poppi Holla by Chincane and not be even more happy?!

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad

When I am down, Cher lifts me up. This is a Song for the Lonely, don’t you know.

day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

Voodoo Child by Rogue Trader. Because I did play it at my wedding, and it was awesome.


day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral

Linkin Park again, Leave Out All the Rest. See, they have a song for every eventuality! Sod off, music fascists.

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh

Being a Dickhead’s Cool is funny, mainly because I know so many people who are actually a “part time blogger with my own jewellery line, which is a mix of religious iconography, kinda with a Saved by the Bell vibe?” Lols.


day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument

Dunno if the Nintendo Wii counts as an instrument, but in Rhythm Parade, the music only continues if you hit all the right buttons in sequence, so I guess it kinda counts. I LOVE marching bands, so this is really fun to do, if hard – took me six hours to get a perfect score on the Advanced level.

day 27 – a song that you wish you could play

I did in fact briefly download the sheet music to this song, but while A Thousand Miles by Vanessa Carlton is beautiful and mellifluous, I am dyslexic and never made it past my first term’s worth of piano lessons. A doomed dream, I think.

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

This is Your Life, asks Switchfoot, are you who you want to be? NOOOOOOOOO, argh, must be more productive and useful as a human being. *guilt guilt guilt*

day 29 – a song from your childhood

When I was growing up, I listened to three things: Queen, Flanders and Swann, and the Joseph and the Technicolour Dreamcoat soundtrack. They were just the cassettes my mum had around at the time, so I ended up with a very odd childhood mainly filled with rock, folk music, and the odd tape about The Snowman that came with Tetley teabags. Hammer to Fall is one of Queen’s best.

day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

My introduction to Lady Gaga’s Poker Face was as I was walking to a lecture and heard someone playing it very loudly in their car. It took some garbled half-sung rendering of it to a friend a few hours later to work out what the hell it was (being completely unable to identify the “Poker Face” of the song and mishearing it as “[indeterminate garbling] ger faith”) and then a new love with born.

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