30 Day Song Challenge: Day 11 – A song from your favourite band

Again, there are too many artists I like to have one favourite, so I’ve just picked a song that I like a lot, from a band that I like a lot.

I was going to do Zorch’s Zut Alore but I’ve already shared that, so I picked this instead:

I got introduced to this danish powerhouse by my classmate in year 13 who would later go on to become dux of my year, and who oddly enough looks a bit like the lead singer. Anyway, he brought in a copy of Mew’s And The Glass-Handed Kites, we listened to the whole thing through once during a study period, and immediately after school I went to the nearest CD shop that stocked the album and bought it. This is from the latest album Mew made, entitled No more stories are told today. I’m sorry, they washed away. No more stories, the world is grey. I’m tired, let’s wash away. Easily the longest album title I have in my library, and one of the albums that my wife and I listened to on our honeymoon last year.

Here’s another video from the same session of a song from And The Glass-Handed Kites

30 Day Song CHallenge: Day 10 – A song you can fall asleep to

Lately I’ve found it rather easy to fall asleep unaided (when you forget to take your antidepressants, and combine that with a 6a.m. start it’s not that difficult) but if I want to listen to something while I fall asleep. I usually use this:

In the video the operator is playing the notes himself, but there is an option to let the iPhone do all the work. If you need an audio Soporiphic, or if you like the work of Brian Eno, check out this, and it’s two companion apps, Air and Trope on the App Store.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 9 – A song you can dance to

There is really only one song I can dance to, and one song that I have ever really danced to. I’m talking about the medley I made for our wedding last year.

It consisted of The Righteous Brothers’ Unchained Melody, MGMT’s Electric Feel (the Justice remix) and, from My Fair Lady, Audrey Hepburn singing I Could Have Danced All Night. Anybody who was at our wedding reception knows how well it went. And hot well it went was…really quite good actually. I’ve never had that kind of applause for dancing before.

30 Day Song Challenge mega-update!

Ok, so I missed two days of the 30 Day Song Challenge, so I’m going to include them in today’s post.

Day 6: A song that reminds you of somewhere

For this, I chose Kings of Leon’s Arizona

This song reminds me of several places. The Mackenzie basin where I grew up,  Driving into the small town of Geraldine at 5pm on Good Friday 2009, cruising through the Victoria countryside with my wife, sister and mother-in law in their 2-door Daewoo, and heading off into the great blue beyond southwest of Cromwell with my father in-law’s 4WD L300 van for a drive trough the Nevis Valley.

Day 7: A song that reminds you of a certain event

The National – England

My song of choice reminds me of my grandfather’s funeral. Not that it’s an especially depressing song in my mind, I’m jut always going to link it with that time, because that’s about when I first heard it. My grandad was the first of my ‘extended’ family to die, honestly I’m blessed to have made it 22 years without having to go to a family funeral. I still have one living grandfather, and oddly enough, as I type this, he’s in the next room attending a lecture on neuroscience, the subject he used to teach at the Otago MedSchool.

Day 8: A song to which you know all the words.

I sometimes sing this when I’m driving around town by myself. It was big when I was at high school, although it could have just been the kinda crowd I roll with. Anyway, my song for today is ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic’s epic ‘Albuquerque’

Enjoy! I’ll try to be more punctual tomorrow.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 5 – A song that reminds you of someone

I met a friend of a friend once who was always reminded of me by this song, so as a recipriocation, it’s always reminded me of her. It’s a tune by the Cars, covered by Strawpeople, a New Zealand electronic duo who met working at Auckland’s bFM. Any kiwis following my posts should recognise this cover from about 11 years ago. I definitely remember lying on my bed in my room at night listening to it on a cassette tape in my Dad’s old Sanyo Ghetto blaster before I had my own stereo. Anyway here it is, Strawpeople’s version of Drive.