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30 day song challenge part two

Posted by RichardBatchelor - November 29th, 2012


30 day song challenge part two

Ok, heres a blog we can all get involved with, contribute to, and most importantly help each other find awesome new music. Here are the days 9 through to 16:

Day 9 - A song that (you think) you can dance to
Day 10 - A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11 - A song from your favourite band
Day 12 - A song from a band you hate
Day 13 - A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14 - A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15 - A song that describes you
Day 16 - A song that you used to love but now hate

And here are my entries:

Day 9. PSY, Gangnam Style

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0

A song you can dance too? Well, you can dance to pretty much anything I guess, but I can't remember the lost time one song made over 800 million viewers on youtube look and say, "Dance like you're riding an invisible horse!". The whole worlds been doing it and its wonderful to see. Take it away Sir Psy.........

Day 10. Nobuo Uematsu, Tifa's Theme.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hWwMZ8yn_I

Fell asleep to this just last week. This man is my idol, I started writing music of my own after hearing the soundtrack to Final Fantasy 7, video games just wouldn't be the same without him, one day I hope to write something as beautiful as this.

Day 11. Blink 182, Ghost On The Dancefloor

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHPsjZ-TFxA

Again like picking a favourite song this is difficult, Elbow and Hit The Lights are two of my favourite bands but I've already picked them for previous days. I'm picking Blink because I listened to them constantly in High School and I'm delighted they are making music again. Neighbourhoods was an absolute triumph for me, particularly after a gap of eights years to the last album, it perfectly recaptured the old style of Blink while pushing forward too.

Day 12. Black Eyed Peas, The Time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwQZQygg3Lk

This could have been pretty much any song by The Black Eyed Peas, but this one stands out above the rest. So incomprehensibly bad, its not even bland like the plodding chord stabs of 'I Gotta Feeling', I've never heard a song with such little flow, everything about it either feels forced, completely un-natural or the sound of four of five songs mashed together put in a blender and seasoned with a sizeable sprinkling of auto-tune. Awful, just awful.

Day 13. Owl City, On A Wing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRAGdCI-QeY

The Fireflies guy, showing he's more than the fireflies guy. I should hate this, the whole washed in auto-tune thing, but I don't, quite the opposite. I've got a lot of time for Adam Young, a hard working bedroom musician who's made the big time and rather than let it change him, he just makes the music he wants to, and this is rather lovely.

Day 14. Neyo, Miss Independent

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6M5C-oKw9k

I'll probably never own a record by Ne-yo, but that doesn't mean I don't recognise a great songwriter when I see one. Never heard a modern R n B song like this, with the lyrics speaking of the great respect Neyo has for a woman, its very refreshing to hear. Great Production too, very Michael Jackson style middle eight is very nice.

Day 15. Julia Nunes, Look Out For Yourself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkGiLLhTBRw

Don't you just love a song you swear was just written for you?. Like they had you in mind? Only a two minute song, but a great message, put yourself first once in a while. Amen Julia! :)

Day 16. Steely Dan, Aja

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWfQTY_K-_o

I love Steely Dan, the complex patterns, the solos, the ambiguity of the lyrics, everything that makes interesting music, the best kind of music!. I decided to do a dissertation on the song Aja, so for 7 months I heard this song over and over and over again until it drove me mad. That was 3 years ago and I still skip it when I listen to Steely Dan now, I'll listen to it again one day.

Stay tuned for part three, and comment below with your selection and lets get this shared around.

I'm Richard and you're awesome for reading this.


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