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.


day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy

Lots of things make me happy. Want me to list some of them? ‘Cause you know I will…

Puppies, Neil Patrick Harris,, sending Emoji icons to my family in text messages, 70-degree weather, baby laughs and days I get to sleep in.

But they’re looking for a song here, I believe. And I got some of those too – all of which are on my workday playlist that may or may not get me in trouble one day for singing out loud at my desk.

Lately, though, one song that’s made me about as happy as all that stuff I listed up there combined is “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine.

Haven’t heard it? Well, good thing I’m linkin’ it for you. So listen. Have I steered you wrong yet?

Oh, and while you’re listening, just try not to smile. Even a little bit.

day 20 – a song you listen to when you’re angry

OK. In addition to not being the biggest fan of most country singers, I also don’t like being screamed at and have it called “music.” Because in my opinion, it’s not. It’s screaming. Over drums. And sometimes guitar.

Not that I completely hate – I’ve been known to scream sing along with “Crazy Bitch” when it’s played at a bar.

Which brings me to my next point. I curse. A lot. More than I should, I know, and not always in the best situations.

It’s not like Tourette’s or anything, but I’ll use a four-letter word or two when the moment feels right – which is sort of often.

And I could have worse habits, by the way, than not-too-excessive-but-more-than-necessary-cursing. It’s not like I bite my nails I’m on drugs or something.

According to Time magazine, cursing is helpful when you hurt yourself, which I tend to do a lot because I apparently have no depth perception when I walk and bump my hands and fingers and knees and toes (not shoulders, though) into things a lot. Thus resulting in the s-bomb. F-bomb is reserved for falls and paper cuts.

Speaking of the f-bomb, it’s a key part of a song I enjoy listening to when I’m angry.

Cee Lo Green’s “F*** You” sounds peppy and is not necessarily the type of angry song most people would pick. But I like him, and the music and, well, I don’t mind some cursing thrown into my playlist.

I’ll keep it clean(ish) since Mom and Dad and other grown-ups I don’t want to offend read this blog – though I did have to pass along a message to them from a teenager a few weeks ago when they wanted to know what was said and I had to tell them it “was hot as f***” so really, they’re not immune.

Like I said, though, could be worse.

day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio

How much time do you have?

Because I have a lot of responses to today’s challenge.

I know it’s all up to when the artist releases the song and whatnot, but if I had it my way, they’d keep ’em comin’ so we don’t get so tired of the first song from the album that we decide we don’t want to hear the rest of it.

That said, I wish the radio played more Adele, Sara Bareilles, Kings of Leon, Mumford & Sons, Cee Lo and, oh, I don’t know – Old Crow Medicine Show?

Or maybe I’m just not listening to the right stations.

But one song I wish I heard on the radio is a little old school. It’s been in a bunch of movies and it never fails to make me smile and sing along when I hear it.

It’s “Somewhere Over The Rainbow,” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole.

Love it. And it never gets old.

day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio

If you read my post yesterday, you know how I feel about local radio stations and how often they play the same songs. It’s usually the same three or four artists – most recently it seems to be Katy Perry (not hating, I have a huge girl crush on her, but that’s a story for another day), Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Bruno Mars – which reminds me, if I hear that Lazy Song one more time I’m gonna break something.

So of course, one of those had to be my choice for today in the 30 Day Song Challenge. But which one to pick?

I went with “Born This Way” because it’s infectious and gets stuck in my head and seems to be on the radio every single time I get in my car.

Day 17 – Song you hear often on the radio: “Born This Way” by Lady Gaga.

Sorry about the Thor preview, btw. It’s the best version of the video I could find.

day 15 – a song that describes you

You know how there are those songs you hear and are like, “This describes my life/situation/day perfectly”?

I’ve had plenty of those. Depends on the day. And the drama. Ha. But I’m not picking one of those because none really screams “LAURA” or, ya know, Leezy or Lo or something like, remotely close to that.

What I think works for today’s assignment: Day 15 – Song that describes you, is the only song I’ve ever heard of about someone with green eyes.

And I have ’em.

And they’re beautiful, as has been told to me by many a random person, including the lady who did my pedicure this past weekend.

Besides a video, I’m posting the lyrics to Coldplay’s “Green Eyes” below, because I think it fits. Because like the song says, I have the rare and exotic and beautiful green eyes. Plus the girl he’s singing about sounds like a catch. Which I also am – but more on that later.

Honey you are a rock
Upon which I stand
And I come here to talk
I hope you understand

The green eyes
Yeah the spotlight
Shines upon you

And how could
Deny you

I came here with a load
And it feels so much lighter
Now I’ve met you

Honey you should know
That I could never go on
Without you

Green eyes

Honey you are the sea
Upon which I float
And I came here to talk
I think you should know

The green eyes
You’re the one that I wanted to find
And anyone who tried to deny you,
Must be out of their minds

‘Cause I came here with a load
And it feels so much lighter since I met you

Honey you should know,
That I could never go on
Without you

Green eyes, green eyes, ohohoh…

Honey you are a rock
Upon which I stand.

day 12 – a song from a band you hate

Now hate’s a strong word, but it’s just about how I feel about this guy. And Sugarland, but that was day two.

Here, 10 days later, I will share with you another of my least favorite musical “talents.” And yes, it’s a country music singer, but don’t for a minute think that means I am not a fan of country music. I like it. Especially when it’s good. Example number one? Lady Antebellum. Love them.

I’m also a fan of old school country, before it started to get ‘pop’ped. Like I love me some Cash and Ms. Parton and Merle, to name three.

K. So. For Day 12 – Song from a band you hate, we’ll go with “Song from a band you strongly dislike.”

Kenny Chesney.

I’m sorry. I know he has lots of fans and people think he’s cute, even without the cowboy hat, but I can’t bring myself to like him. Is it because he is trying to be Jimmy Buffett 2.0? Is it because he only sings about the beach? Is it because all his songs sound the same? Yes and yes and yes, any of those about sums it up. And I can’t help it. No me gusta.

But for those of you who do, enjoy the video. I just picked a random one because really they’re all the same so I don’t care.

Also, if you didn’t notice what I did up there, there’s links to past days sprinkled throughout. Here are the ones I didn’t include up top: five, six, seven, eight and nine.

day 11 – a song from your favorite band

Asking me to name just one favorite band is like asking me to give you just one reason why I don’t like Miley Cyrus. It would take entirely too long and once I’d picked an answer I’d question it, wondering if I should have chosen something else.

Therefore, this day of the challenge is actually a challenge – see what I did there?

I could pick a song from Adele, but we did that day one.

I could pick Maroon Five, but I’ve got them saved for later on.

I could pick the cast of Glee, on account of they may be The Artist Slowly Taking Over My iTunes Library.

But I’m picking none of the above. SURPRISE.

I’m actually going to give you a song for this day – Day 11: Song from your favorite band – by a solo singer who I honestly didn’t realize I loved this much until I saw her in concert.

It’s Sara Bareilles. And though I could pick roughly any of the 20+ songs off her two albums, I’m going with my current favorite, “Uncharted.”

And if you haven’t seen this girl live, do it. One of the best concerts I’ve been to. She’s amazing.

Oh, also. Remember to catch up if you haven’t seen the rest of the challenge. Here’s days two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine and ten.

day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep

I’ve gone through a couple different phases when it comes to what happens when I sleep – and no I’m not talking about the weird ways I sleep or that time I sleepwalked at my parents’ house when I wasn’t wearing any pants.

I used to listen to music to help me sleep. And then I had to have silence. And now, I have to have white noise, like a fan in the corner of the room that is doing nothing to help my allergies but boy do I sleep like a baby – most of the time.

When I try to listen to music now at bedtime, I want to sing along. Or it starts making me think about something or someone and wouldn’t you know it, that’s how insomnia starts.

But if I had to choose one song in particular that – should I need to listen to music on my way to Dreamland – would do the trick? It’d be this one.

Day 10 – Song that makes you fall asleep.

“My Immortal,” by Evanescence. Maybe it’s the piano, maybe it’s her voice…it’s peaceful.

Catch up on what you’ve missed since I started doing the 30 Day Song Challenge.
There was one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine of them so far.

day 09 – a song you can dance to

I feel like on this particular day of the challenge I don’t need to even explain myself.

Day 9 – Song you can dance to.

I know I do. And you should too. Because if you don’t then you’re probably not much fun.

Just kidding.

But seriously.

And if you haven’t seen the SNL skit where Justin Timberlake is a back-up dancer for this song, you should.

Also, if you haven’t already, check out days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8.