Song of the Day #3,394: ‘So Far Away’ – Carole King

Just two more songs in the 30 Day Music Challenge. Day 29 asks us to get nostalgic and name ‘A Song That You Remember From Your Childhood.’

Aside from the heavy doses of Frank Sinatra provided by my parents, my childhood musical memories mostly center around their old reel-to-reel tape machine (which, in our retro-happy world, is apparently the new vinyl).

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Song of the Day #3,393: ‘I Can’t Love You Anymore’ – Lyle Lovett

Day 28 of the 30 Day Music Challenge calls for ‘A Song By An Artist With a Voice That You Love.’ As usual, lots of great options here.

I might have gone with several artists I’ve already featured in this series, including yesterday’s pick, Fiona Apple, as well as Frank Sinatra, Tift Merritt, Elton John, Michael Stipe or Olivia Newton-John. But repeats are a no-no.

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Song of the Day #3,392: ‘Oh Well’ – Fiona Apple

Yesterday’s entry in the 30 Day Music Challenge asked for a song that makes you want to fall in love, and now we’re going in the other direction, with ‘A Song That Breaks Your Heart.’

As with most of these challenges, I can interpret this one in different ways. Aside from the romantic reading, I could go with a song that breaks my heart because it has sad associations. I’m tempted to pick John Lennon’s ‘Imagine,’ which has come up a few times already, because hearing it while thinking about John Lennon’s fate is indeed heartbreaking.

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Song of the Day #3,391: ‘At Last’ – Etta James

Here we are, in the final week of the 30 Day Music Challenge. I’ve really enjoyed seeing everybody’s personal picks for each of these categories. It illustrates the many ways music touches all of our lives.

Our task for Day 26 is to name ‘A Song That Makes You Want To Fall In Love.’ I decided to avoid any personal connections for this category, so you won’t see Toad the Wet Sprocket or Indigo Girls’ ‘Galileo’ or any of the other specific songs to which I fell in love with my wife in the early 90s.

Instead, I wanted to go with a song that simply oozes romance from its pores.

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Song of the Day #3,390: ‘Gimme Some Salt’ – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Today’s Random Weekend selection offers up the rare opportunity to hear a song, and an artist, for the very first time.

As with so many albums in my music collection, I don’t know how I came into possession of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s self-titled debut album. Nor do I know anything about this band; not their country of origin, number of members, musical genre, nothing. So this is truly a moment of discovery.

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Song of the Day #3,389: ‘Pads, Paws and Claws’ – Elvis Costello

The songwriting matchup of Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello yielded many memorable tunes and a couple of minor hits, including Macca’s ‘My Brave Face’ and Elvis’ ‘Veronica.’

You’ll find lots to love in the deeper cuts as well, such as today’s Random SOTD, from the back half of Costello’s 1989 album Spike.

‘Pads, Paws and Claws’ takes its title from a “junk shop book” and depicts one of the unhealthier relationships in the Costello canon, which is saying something.

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Song of the Day #3,388: ‘Look Back in Anger’ – David Bowie

Time to shed some tears for those who’ve left us, as Day 25 in the 30 Day Music Challenge calls for ‘A Song By An Artist No Longer Living.’

I planned this post before the sad passing of Tom Petty and I opted not to change it up to feature him. His loss is too recent to be acknowledged in this one-off blog post. He deserves a proper tribute, and I plan to give him one soon.

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