February 10, 2011 – If you read yesterday’s blog post, you know that I’ve decided to participate in the 30-day song challenge, but plan to complete the task over the next five days. So without further ado, let the sharing begin …
Favorite song – My favorite song changes often, depending on my mood, so this wasn’t an easy choice. Right now, I can’t seem to get enough of Under My Thumb by The Rolling Stones, the lyrics of which have provoked some negative reaction from the feminist crowd. I’ve always thought the song was very tongue in cheek, and that the woman holds the real power in this tuneful relationship. One thing is for sure … it’s impossible to stay still while it’s playing.
Least favorite song – There aren’t too many songs I truly dislike, but Diamond Girl by Seals & Crofts is tops on that short list. This song came out in 1974, so I had to go back a long way just to find it. This song aggravated me every time it played on the radio, which was frequently back then, so obviously many liked it. I will admit to enjoying other Seals and Crofts songs, but this one sounded like nails on a chalkboard.
A song that makes you happy – The lyrics to Sting’s Fields of Gold are beautiful and the images they bring to mind are among the most vibrant I’ve ever pictured. This song is a work of art, and it literally makes me feel happy whenever I hear it.
A song that makes you sad – I couldn’t pick one because there are many different ways to be sad. Eric Clapton’s Tears in Heaven is heartbreaking because it’s about the loss of a child, while just hearing the first few notes of We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seger makes me cry because it’s about desperation and unrequited love. And finally, there is the sadness of lost hope, a feeling evident in Solomon Burke’s Fast Train. Originally written and recorded by Van Morrison, it is Burke’s version that is gut wrenching.
A song that reminds you of someone – Never was a big fan of Free Bird by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but as soon as I hear it, I think of an old high school friend who loved the song so much. The year this song was released she wrote in my yearbook “Have a Free Bird summer, man!”
A song that reminds you of somewhere – Never Going Back Again by Fleetwood Mac is another song not among my favorites, but hearing it takes me back to Pennypack Park in Philadelphia, and weekends in the summer when my friends and I would hang out and listen to music. Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors and Bob Seger’s Against the Wind usually provided the soundtrack to the activities.
This was great fun to put together. Be sure to check back again tomorrow for the next set…