Sunday, December 31, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Days 27-30

I SO fell off. No wifi.
Anyway...gonna keep this as succinct as's New Years Eve!

Day 27: a song that breaks your heart.

No Doubt--" Don't Speak".

Day 28: a song by an artist whose voice you love.

Josie and the Pussycats--"Pretend to be Nice". Sung by Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo.

Day 29: a song you remember from your childhood.

George Kranz--"Din Daa Daa". Cousin used to play this a lot.

 Day 30: a song that reminds you of yourself.

Nirvana-- "Been A Son".

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Days 24-26

Man! I fell off again due to holiday prepping and celebrating! But I'm just gonna pick up where I left off...

Day 24 sez "a song by a band you wish was still together".

"Bullet With Butterfly Wings"--Smashing Pumpkins
Yes-- I realise the band is still a thing, but it is NOT the original lineup...
(EDIT 12-2-18: Okay, the band is now 3/4 the original lineup and that's acceptable. Fun fact: I was supposed to see them this summer but didn't get there! Free tix and everything! Great regret. (T_T) )

 Day 25: "a song you like by an artist no longer living".

"The Man Who Sold The World"--Nirvana.

Yes, there are two surviving members, but neither the band nor Kurt are no longer with us.

Day 26: "a song that makes you want to fall in love".

I'm already there, so...


"The Greatest Romance Ever Sold"--Prince.

I'm so happy I got it right this time.
He is, too.

Saturday, December 23, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Twenty-Three

Very happy because my loved one is home. Egg nog and coquitos for everyone who is an adult!

So, a song that I think everyone should listen to...

How about one of mine?

This is called "Salvage The Run". It's from my second album, due to be re-released soon.

Friday, December 22, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Days Twenty-Twenty-Two

Gomenasai. I've fallen off because my loved one was in hospital.

Day 20 is "a song that has many meanings for you".

This is tricky...

"Only Happy When It Rains"--Garbage.

It always struck me as a bit ironic. I mean, nobody likes being depressed, but sometimes some of those with super long-term clinical depression are so familiar with it they know what to expect and it almost feels comfortable. It's hard to explain if you haven't been there.
Also, people just always thought this was my life anyway.

Day 21 is "a song you like with a person's name in the title".

"Maria"--Green Day.

Day 22 is "a song that moves you forward".

"Dammn Baby"--Janet Jackson.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Nineteen

Hi...hope you're having a good time wherever you are, GNOtaku.

Today asks for "a song that makes you think about life".

This song kind of did, recently:

"Here Comes A Thought"--Steven Universe, written by Rebecca Sugar.

When I first heard this, I was in floods because it resonated with me so hard.

Monday, December 18, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Eighteen

Today's prompt says "a song from the year you were born".

I'll give one from the year I was reborn, since life really began after then for me anyway.
(Okay, maybe it was released a little earlier, but it charted that year.)

Finger Eleven--"Paralyzer".

Sunday, December 17, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Seventeen

Day Seventeen on Sunday...

The prompt asks for a song you'd sing as a duet with someone at karaoke.

I. Have. No. Clue.

It's been forever since I've been to karaoke.

Maybe this...?

Prince--"Take Me With U".

IDK--it was the first duet I actually thought of...drew such a hard blank and then-- "Oh, hey, Prince..."

Saturday, December 16, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Sixteen

Okay, so Day Sixteen wants me to think about a song that's a classic favourite.

What does that even mean? A classic to whom? Me...or to people in general?

IDK. I'm just gonna go with this:

  "So Lonely"--The Police.
(Or, as my witty son likes to call them, "The Authoritahs".)


Friday, December 15, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Fifteen

Still trying to take it easy...but haven't forgotten this music challenge!

A song that I like that's a cover by another band.
How about this?

Orgy-- "Blue Monday".

I was just talking to my daughter about how awesome this song is...and about how we love both versions, but this one rips.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Days Thirteen and Fourteen

Sorry, minna-san! Fell off yesterday because I hurt myself in the stupidest way, but I am going to recover.

Day Thirteen calls on a song you like from the 70s.

That's a fun one!

Funkadelic--"(Not Just) Knee Deep".
Definitely not one I get tired of!

Day Fourteen wants "a song you'd love to be played at your wedding".
I got something for that:

Hedwig's Theme.

Because of course I would.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Twelve

So Day Twelve calls for a song from my preteen years.

Like I did in a previous music challenge, I'm gonna keep you guessing when that was, because music from various decades has been prevalent in my life since conception, LOL.

NuShooz-- "Point Of No Return".

Michael Jackson-- "Rock With You".

Nirvana-- "In Bloom".

Run-DMC--"King Of Rock".

Monday, December 11, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Eleven

Wow--actually got to Day Eleven. Yay, and stuff!

Today: a song you never get tired of.

This is pretty easy...

Mystery Skulls-- "Ghost".

I tend to repeat this one a lot when it comes up on my iPod.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Ten

Hey ya...
So today is "a song that makes you sad".


I hate that I'm drawing a blank immediately, because I'm quite sure there's a few of these. But this also may be impaired by the technique I mentioned earlier in this challenge.

Ooh. I got one...and I remembered because I just went to her show recently:

Janet Jackson-- "Come Back To Me".

This is one of the songs I haven't done the technique with, apparently. I loved this but it used to make me cry quite a bit. It's a beautiful video, but I identified with the song a bit too much. Hearing it again after so long kind of kicked me in the gut, LOL. I was already emotional anyway because GODDESS JANET DAMITA JO FXCKING JACKSON, so it was okay. (^_^)

Saturday, December 9, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Nine

Hey, minna-san. It's snowing over here by Tha Cat Lair, so we're all trying to keep cozy and warm and stuff.

Today's prompt is asking for a song that makes you happy.

I can think of a song that perks up mah mood...

New Order--"Bizarre Love Triangle".

Friday, December 8, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Eight

Here we are at Day Eight, GNOtaku...

Srsly? "A song about drugs or alcohol"?

Of course, I'm drawing a blank...

I think I have one.

The Cure--"Icing Sugar"

Pretty sure this is involving cocaine. It was the 80s, after all.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Seven

Pretty happy I've gone a week without falling off of this, LOL

So now it's "a song to drive to".

Fun Fact: I... don't drive. I really should, though.

I can think of some rides I have taken where certain songs have just felt good.

Here's one.

Metallica-- "Dyers Eve".

I legit had a copy of this on cassette and wore it entirely out (I still have it somewhere). Despite that, I never learned/remembered all the lyrics to everything but there were always lines that stuck out. Listening to "...And Justice For All" has always been about the visceral feelings the music invoked, punctuated by the lyrics. Just the way the first track kicks in is everything. I used to back it up just to hear the chords again and again.

Metallica has always felt like classical to me, the way it was arranged. Maybe that's part of why I could appreciate their earlier stuff.
Has Vitamin String Quartet done this album? They really should.
(They've done a tribute. Okay. Close enough.)

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Six

Doing this today almost slipped my mind! Whoopsie.

The prompt sez: "a song that makes you want to dance".

I have a lot of those, but I will share the first one that comes to mind:

Janet Jackson ft. Missy Elliott-- "Burnitup!".

When I first heard this song, I was soooo into it. I still have to play it like eighty-five times in a row when it comes up on my iPod.

I kind of fell off dancing for a variety of reasons, a lot of them having to do with feeling extremely insecure about myself and a whole bunch of shxt taking its toll on me. Watching people dance sometimes still messes with me. But... I have come to the conclusion that since it was something that made me happy... I should probably revisit it.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Five

Back at it again. This seems to be going pretty swimmingly...

Today's prompt is "a song that needs to be played loud".

Well, shxt--that's like my entire iPod, LOL...but I'll choose one that I tend to turn up every time I hear it.

Talking Heads-- "Pulled Up".

I heard this on Pandora one day and I was hooked, so I downloaded it. It had to be the live version, too. The energy is so frenetic.

Monday, December 4, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Four

Whassup? Here we are at Day Four. I am kinda dreading this one because who wants to think about someone they'd rather forget? But that's what today's prompt calls on: A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget.

I have PLENTY of people who I'd rather forget...and at one time this choice would have been easy but I have applied a technique to a lot of songs that used to remind me of things and people I'd rather forget and now don't remind me anymore as a result of said technique. So this, more than anything, is why I was dreading this.


There's a person I wish I could forget--but in a good way. I have heard they remember me "fondly", but I can't see how, considering. They were one of those who kind of made up their mind about what they thought I was and who wasn't able to be honest with me due to it. Water under le bridge, though.

I think this song is appropriate.

Living Colour-- "Time's Up".

I chose this because I'd mentioned to the aforementioned someone-I'd-like-to-forget-in-a-good-way that this was one of my fave albums and hated how it was slept on, like "Cult of Personality" was the only thing they'd ever fxcking done. So they gave me their copy of the cd.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Three

Happy Sunday...

So far, so beans. I'm heading into the third day of this challenge...

Today calls for "a song that reminds you of summertime".

Hmmm...difficult, without using the obvious songs with the word "summer" in the title.

There was a song I was listening to on Pandora the other day that I said reminded me of summer parties AND I CAN'T EVEN REMEMBER WHAT THAT IS NOW.

I got one...

So I used to teach dance at one point at a summer reason this reminds me of summer is because I used it during that time, I guess. But it does have a nice, open summery sound along with some gritty urban finessing.

Troop-- "Spread My Wings".

This is extra, but this does too, for some reason:

Color Me Badd-- "Color Me Badd".

Saturday, December 2, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day Two

So here's Day Two of the 30-Day Music Challenge.
A song you like with a number in the title...

I have just the one.

Joy Zipper--"1".

This song really speaks to me. It kind of reminds me of how it feels to just try and get along being myself and the isolation I might feel but then I feel the...dare I say comfort?-- in knowing that I can just be the individual that I am, regardless of how people might feel about it.

"People come and go/but you're the one..."

Friday, December 1, 2017

30-Day Music Challenge: Day One

Hey, minna-san.
So in another attempt to kickstart blogging and end the year with a bang, I'm doing another music challenge. It's been awhile.

Day One: a song you like with a colour in the title.

Well, DUH:

Prince-- "Purple Rain".
First thing I thought of.