Challenge completed

And there you have it. Challenge accepted. And completed. 30 days, 30 songs.

Hopefully I got you interested in a new song or two. If not, then, well, you’re a damn hard audience to please!

I could do 30 more days if I had 30 new categories.

Song Your Mom Wouldn’t Let You Take To School For Show And Tell: ‘Whiskey Ain’t Workin’ Anymore.’ I was in third grade.

Favorite song at age 3: ‘Hip To Be Square.’ I saw it on Sesame Street when it was shown with a little skit about shapes. And apparently preschool-age me loved some Huey Lewis. And shapes.

And just to recap, here’s a full list of the songs you’ve just heard read about for a month.

day one: “I’ll Be Waiting” by Adele
day two: “Stuck Like Glue” by Sugarland
day three: “Grace Kelly” by Mika
day four: “Don’t Take the Girl” by Tim McGraw
day five: “You and I Both” by Jason Mraz
day six: “Call On Me” by Jah Cure
day seven: “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler
day eight: “Mo’ Money Mo’ Problems” by Diddy, Mase and Notorious B.I.G.
day nine: “Single Ladies” by Beyonce
day 10: “My Immortal” by Evanescence
day 11: “Uncharted” by Sara Bareilles
day 12: “The Good Stuff” by Kenny Chesney
day 13: “Eenie Meenie” by Justin Bieber and Sean Kingston.
day 14: “Safety Dance” by Men Without Hats
day 15: “Green Eyes” by Coldplay
day 16: “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon
day 17: “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga
day 18: “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
day 19: “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5
day 20: “F— You” by Cee-Lo Green
day 21: “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and The Machine
day 22: “Landslide” by Stevie Nicks
day 23: “Nothin’ Fancy” by Dave Barnes
day 24: “What A Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
day 25: “Shots” by LMFAO
day 26: “Master of the House” Les Miserables
day 27: “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley
day 28: “MMMBop” by Hanson
day 29: “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson
day 30: “Misery” by Maroon 5

Now get to downloading. Unless its the Sugarland song. Or one you already have. ‘Cause doing either of those things would be ridiculous.

We now return you to your regularly-scheduled content.

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day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year

OK, it’s not exact. But I researched the release date on this one and it’s pretty darn close.

This time last year I was not happy. For many reasons, the main one being, as I’ve told you before, I was working for the devil. Not literally, but she did have red hair.

I listen to music a lot at work and there was no exception, however when BC and I weren’t rockin’ out to some Bieber, I was listening to a mix of music that included this song, because its title described exactly how I felt.

“Misery” by Maroon Five, was cranked up many a time in my little area of the office and every once in a while when I was walking around that place, I could be heard singing a line from the song: “I ammmmmm in miserrrry.” ‘Cause that was the damn truth. Not to mention it’s a good song.

The rest of the song in no way fit my situation, but those four words.. NAILED IT.

All is well now though, and I still like that song and that band and at a work luncheon I attended today one of the door prizes was two tickets to their concert and I almost tracked the winner down to be her new best friend so she’d take me.

But yeah. This time last year, this was the song I had on repeat.

day 29 – a song from your childhood

In all my 27 years, I have wanted a few different jobs.

At age 3 or 4, apparently I wanted to be a bus driver. And as long as I’ve been able to hold a pen and/or paper, I’ve wanted to be a writer.

Except for that span of time when I was in love with the movie “Free Willy.”

Yep. That movie, as some of you may know, almost changed my life.

I don’t know what it was about it. I’m a softie. (In other obvious news, the sky is blue.) I also will love any movie with an animal – no matter how wild – that ends up forming a bond with a character and somehow saves it.

Case in point: After seeing “Water for Elephants” I would like to have a pet elephant. I could totally keep it in the courtyard of my apartment complex. They’ll have to start stocking bigger pet poop bags though…

But seriously. Free Willy was among the many movies of my childhood I could watch over and over and over and over again. Other than that? Had to have Devon Sawa or JTT in it.

That movie made me want to be a marine biologist. It was a job idea that stuck for a little bit until I realized how much I suck at anything science-related. I think mainly I wanted to do what Jesse did in the movie – minus the vandalism. You know, feed fish to the animals and teach them tricks.

And then there was that song from the movie. You know the one: “Will You Be There” by Michael Jackson.

That song and that movie… I’m telling you…if I were any good at science you might not be reading this blog right now.

Thank God I’m not, right?

But seriously. When Michael Jackson died, they played all of his songs on the radio that week that followed. We were in Myrtle Beach at the time on vacation and had it – and/or VH1 on a lot, because they were doing a tribute. The ONLY song I wanted to hear and they seemed to be refusing to play was “The Free Willy Song” as I knew it when I was younger.

Finally, about three or four days into vacation we heard it.

And I thought about that movie. And how Willy jumps over the rocks into the ocean to be with his family and…

Just watch the video. I’m gonna go research rules on pet elephant ownership in a suburban apartment. And maybe watch the movie. ‘Cause you know I’ve got it on DVD. And VHS. What.

day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty

Guilty like, how? For liking it because I hate everything else about the artist and what they stand for? Eh. I don’t think I have one of those.

Guilty pleasure? Sure. Kind of.

I do not feel the need to explain myself because lots of people liked (and continue to like) this group.

And I still know every word to this song, and probably every other one on their debut CD. And I am not ashamed.

So suck it.

day 27 – a song you wish you could play

‘Member how yesterday I told you of my limited prodigy-ness on the piano? I’m hoping the same thing happens some day with me and the guitar, but that’s about as likely to happen as me ever willingly attending a Sugarland concert.

I’d like to get better at re-learn the piano, but that would require owning one. Maybe I’ll get an iPad and a piano app. That’s cheaper, right?

They have an app for everything these days. I’m currently brushing up on my Spanish and French with one. Technology, eh?

But I digress.

I want to learn to play “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley.

I love that song, in its many incarnations, most recently as done by Justin Timberlake… yes please.

I have all the patience of a fruit fly – though I have no idea how much patience those things actually have it seems like a good comparison – so I can’t stay still long enough to learn an instrument again.

But for this song – and Justin Timberlake – I would.

day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument

This one time, at band camp…

There. I got it out of the way for you, because I know that’s what you’re gonna think once you keep reading and find out I was a big ol’ band nerd in high school.

In fact, I still am. And so’s Rach. Because we yelled at the marching band in the Pegasus Parade last week to dress right because they were nowhere close to being in line. Don’t judge.

Anyways, I played the french horn, which, while pretty and extremely awkward to hold, doesn’t lend itself to solos in many well-known pieces. At least not any I can play.

There for a while in my younger days I taught myself a little bit of piano. I knew the notes, I could read the music and on a handful of songs (many of which were Christmas), I learned how to play them using both hands. It’s nowhere near as impressive as Rach’s memorized beginning of “My Heart Will Go On,” but hey, pretty decent for never taking a lesson.

It’s from my favorite musical and an old songbook that’s somewhere in my parents’ house – right next to the Disney one that includes “A Whole New World” which I can also play, VERY, VERY slowly.

“Master of the House” a song from Les Miserables – a.k.a. the best musical ever (right, Matt?)

Don’t ask me to play it though now. I’ve been out of practice. But there were a few days there where I kicked ass at it.

day 25 – a song that makes you laugh

Oh man. Narrow this category down? Why don’t you to ask me to not be in love with Robert Downey Jr. – because that would be easier to do. And I love me some RDJ.

I could go with some of the obvious and link you to a bunch of SNL Digital Shorts, especially any and all involving “Shy Ronnie,” Justin Timberlake and Akon. So while I won’t share them here, I won’t not tell you to look them up. Got it?

Nah, for this one, I’ve got a different one for ya.

“Shots” by LMFAO.

I laugh at the song for several reasons – it’s about taking shots of alcohol. It being played in an otherwise completely serious situation might make me pee my pants. It reminds me of the first Christmas party The Roommate and I had which culminated in a 4 a.m. dance party to above-mentioned song.

It also reminds me of one of my favorite Texts From Last Night where someone told their friend how they’d gone over to a sock drawer and proceeded to throw socks over their shoulders while singing “Socks, socks, socks, socks, socks, socks..” Just like the song.

Which reminds me…I should probably get to working on another one of those Sounds Familiars for you kids here soon.

While I get started on that, you can enjoy this.

day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral

This is a hard one to pick because, well, obviously I won’t be there, so it really shouldn’t matter.

And no one likes thinking about their funeral. So. I’ll make this quick and painless.

I don’t want it to be a sad and morbid and “can’t believe she’s gone” kind of thing.

I try to be funny. And have fun. And enjoy things. So when I die at the ripe ol’ age of 189, I want people to remember all those things. And listen to a happier song. Like this one:

day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding

I’m not known to be the girliest of girls. Like, for a long time – and still most of the time now – I didn’t carry a purse. Too much to worry about.

I don’t have anything pierced and I don’t wear any jewelry. I’ll wear a wedding ring, but to be completely honest – the engagement ring part is negotiable. But I’ll wait and discuss that with Mr. Future Fiancee, a.k.a. Alex Skaarsgard.

True Blood. Eric Northman. Look it up.

Hey. A girl can dream, right?

One of the more girly things I have done/do do (doodoo. ha. i’m five.) is think about my future wedding. A lot. I know what I want it to look like, where I want it to be and most of the other details, including the song I want to dance with him to after we’re married.

I don’t care if we already have a song, this is the one I want. I’ve wanted it for a long, long time. And you’re not gonna change my mind.

Don’t know of Dave Barnes? Well you should. Because his song, “Nothin’ Fancy” is one of the sweetest songs I’ve ever heard and if it isn’t played at my wedding, I’ll give you all a dollar.

day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad

When I was in college – and infinitely more dramatic than I am now (no seriously) – I used to make a lot of mix CDs.

I still have ’em, actually. And almost every single one of them is filled with songs that are OK to listen to when you’re sad but really just kind of re-enforces everything you’re already feeling because that song is exactly your situation.

I’ve gotten over that – thank God – and now when I’m sad I don’t listen to depressing songs, I just take a nap.

But if I had to pick one now, I’d say “Landslide.” Stevie Nicks version, then Dixie Chicks, then Glee.

Yes, Glee.

Shut up.