Song of the Day #3,673: ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’ – Sparkadia

Today marks a special occasion for Meet Me In Montauk. It’s been exactly ten years since I posted my first Song of the Day.

I’m proud to say I have not missed a single day during that span. Occasionally I have handed the reins to a guest writer or presented a song without commentary, but a new post went up on every one of those 3,652 days.

Wait a minute, you’re thinking… how are you on Song of the Day #3,673 if you’ve been blogging daily for 3,652 days? Well, I mis-numbered a few posts along the way, accidentally jumping from 2,010 to 2,031 or something like that. No biggie.

This blog actually started about a year and a half before I launched the Song of the Day project. My early posts were far less regular and generally served as a way to log movies I’d seen. My very first post went up February 4, 2007, to mark my viewing of the film Zodiac. Over time, those posts got lengthier and I started writing about music as well as movies.

You might notice something else about that first post. No comment from Dana! My most loyal reader didn’t start his commenting streak until I started my Songs of the Day. But since then, he has been with me every step of the way, posting his thoughts every day for ten years without fail, even from cruise ships and foreign countries. Thank you to Dana and everybody else who has taken the time to post here!

I chose the Smiths song ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’ as my first Song of the Day because, as I wrote at the time, the title “reflect[ed] my doubts that [I’d] be able to carry out this daunting task.”

I’m choosing another song with the same title today, but for a different reason. Now that I’ve come this far, I can’t imagine ever stopping. I plan to write a Song of the Day from my deathbed — I hope Song of the Day #22,000 or so.

I hope Dana comments on it, too.

I started something I couldn’t finish
I couldn’t leave my house for days
Locked in the basement all the lights off
Burn the candles both ways
Until it grew unlike before
A bit too big to ignore
I started something I couldn’t finish
And it wouldn’t leave me alone
I started something I couldn’t finish
Such a foolish thing to do
Such simplicity or duplicity
When you don’t know who is who?
There was peace for a while
No police that’s not my style
I started something I couldn’t finish
And it wouldn’t leave me alone
It doesn’t matter what your friends say
Doesn’t matter what your folks say
You know when you’re through
It doesn’t matter what your friends say
Doesn’t matter what they all say
You know when you’re through
I started something I couldn’t finish
I couldn’t leave my house for days
Locked in the basement all the lights out
And it wouldn’t leave me alone

7 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,673: ‘I Started Something I Couldn’t Finish’ – Sparkadia

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Congratulations on this milestone achievement of 10 YEARS of Song of the Day, and thanks for the shout out to my 10 year comment streak.

    I’m sure a psychiatrist might have a field day analyzing both your dedication to continuing with this and my commitment to commenting for so long as you keep this going. At some point, it’s a bit like the friends featured in TAG, so maybe somebody (Maddie) will write a movie about us, using the music, themes and the places you have featured and from where I’ve commented as the plot. The project could be a family affair with Daniel doing the soundtrack.😊 Of course, in order to enhance the admittedly less than scintillating premise, the fictionalized version might have to feature our characters having a secret clandestine gay affair, facilitated by coded messages in the posts and comments. 😊

    So, in closing, let me just say, “I wish I knew how to quit you!”

    • Amy says:

      I’m sure we’ll come up with something more interesting than that. And less upsetting or unnecessary than killing off a beloved character for no good reason! Still. I absolutely agree that there’s a good chapter or two to be had in the right Psychology textbook. 😉

  2. Amy says:

    Wow! Congratulations. Not only for maintaining the blog for that amount of time, though that alone surely is a feat worth celebrating. However, I’m more impressed by your commitment to always finding new songs, new genres, and new artists to feature, along with your desire to showcase those artists you’ve loved for decades. Your musical tastes have grown right along with your daughters, as you finally succumbed to listening to and featuring songs you wouldn’t have imagined would find their way on to your blog ten years ago, when you didn’t need to be democratic about what played through the car’s sound system (still, I like to think an occasional Laurie Berkner tune was nestled in between Smith songs).

    I congratulate you most on your unerring loyalty and tenacity. Ten years of great writing; ten years of often moving posts proving insight into the man behind the moniker. I do shudder to think how long these posts may become once you’ve hit retirement, but I thank you for your promise and desire to keep writing them. Wherever any of us may wind up over the years, it’s comforting to know that anything from a quick check-in to a ferocious debate awaits us on these digital pages. ❤️🍾

  3. Peg Clifton says:

    Wow congratulations on this achievement! I look forward to (hopefully) many more years of reading and sometimes commenting on your posts. Congratulations to Dana as well for his commitment and his comments. 👏❤️

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