These Random Weekend selections have a knack for making me feel old. Today’s track comes from Ron Sexsmith’s album Blue Boy, my introduction to him and probably my favorite of his albums (as introductory records often are). This album was released in 2001 — 16 years ago!
Is it really possible that I discovered Ron Sexsmith before I had my first child? For that matter, is it really possible that my first child is already driving?
Today our 6-week journey comes to a close as we reach the final installment of the 30 Day Music Challenge. And Day 30 is a doozy, asking us to come up with ‘A Song That Reminds You of Yourself.’
What does that mean, exactly? A song that depicts a character who resembles me in some way? Or a song that espouses an idea or emotion I’ve thought or felt? I’m leaning toward the latter interpretation.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.