Archive for the ‘30 Day Song Challenge’ Category

So, I was thinking a couple of nights ago – we all know that’s potentially bad for myself and the world, but I did it anyway – and I took a couple of minutes to contemplate this blog. It was meant, primarily, to be a catalogue of my life at Disneyworld, but now it’s turned into a series of 30 day challenges as, well, unfortunately I’m no longer working at Disney. I really wish I was, but nothing on Earth short of US citizenship at this point is going to change that.

So, it’s gone from Disney, to a mild contemplation of my dislike for Paris and it’s dog poop, to a series of 30 day challenges which has lead me here, 2 days out from the end of the third challenge, 4 days out from my departure for a 10 day Mediterranean Cruise (with Disney), 24 days out from my departure from France, and 37 days until I’m finally back home in Dunedin.

Now, the 30 day challenge came from something to do with Lent. Which is Catholic, which I have nothing to do with. Except having a lapsed Catholic as a boyfriend. And I’m not even sure on that lapsed bit – he might never have practised – but I do remember a conversation about baptism, and I lost on that one. I wasn’t even christened, so in terms of getting into heaven I’m kind of screwed on those two counts – but then again I never really believed that a couple of drops of water on my head, or a dunk in an oversized bath hidden under a church stage (that’s how it was at my last church) were going to save me. If anything, it’ll be Faith that saves me, and I’m not really sure where I stand on that – but it’s closer to believing than non-believing, so we’ll leave it at that.

In any case, I was thinking about the challenges. Now, for my part it was an attempt to actually kick start myself into doing actual blogs on this site. After all, that was why I set it up. For the most part, it’s worked, but it’s also made me confront things in a strange kind of way. I’m the kind of person who doesn’t really like to take a stand on things (especially politics, things like the death penalty etc), but I’m surrounded by people who let me know what their opinion is – generally inadvertently, but they let me know. I like fence sitting – it gives me the chance to abstain in conversations where I feel uncomfortable or out of my depth, but it also allows me to look at both sides of the topic without too much bias – and I think I do it quite aptly.

What have I learnt most from this whole challenge thing, though? Well, I’ve learnt that I can make a decision and not really care about what other people think. Granted it’s only about movies, songs and photos, but I think I could get used to making decisions solely based on what I think and not what others around me think. It’s not that I operate under peer influence all the time, but I have in some major areas of my life, and I think maybe, just maybe, it’s time I struck out for myself. We’ll see how things go, huh?

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Day 28 (4/05/2011) – A song that makes you feel guilty

Song speaks for itself, really. Applies to the past.

Day 29 (5/05/2011) – A song from your childhood

I remember driving with Dad and listening to this. Almost every time this comes on the radio he tells me about the Dire Straits concert he and Mum went to when she was pregnant with me. I think it’s somehow become ‘my’ song, as much as a song can belong to anyone.

Day 30 (6/05/2011) – Your favorite song at this time last year

Pretty sure it was Fireflies. Still a good song 🙂 Perhaps a tiny bit overplayed on the radio, however..

Track #27

Posted: May 3, 2011 in 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 27 (3/05/2011) – A song that you wish you could play

I have a thing for minor keys. Given some practice on the violin I could probably scratch up a vague rendition, but it would take a long, long time. For now I’ll listen to it on Youtube 🙂

Day 25 (1/05/2011) – A song that makes you laugh

I have this thing with Amish people amusing me. Ask Sam or Dakota, they’ll attest to it.

C’mon.. little Amlets.. hehe.

Day 26 (2/05/2011) – A song that you can play on an instrument

Or I used to be able to play it on the piano, anyway. Technically I should be able to play anything up to about a Grade 4 level by Trinity College standards. Can’t wait to get home and get my hands on my piano again 🙂

Track #24

Posted: April 30, 2011 in 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 24 (30/04/2011) – A song that you want to play at your funeral

It’d either be this one, or ‘ding dong the witch is dead’. Classy, y’know.

The Animals – We’ve Gotta Get Out Of This Place

In this dirty old part of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me there ain’t no use in tryin’

Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know

Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
Oh yes I know it

(Yeah!) He’s been workin’ so hard
(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every night and day
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
’cause girl, there’s a better life for me and you

Now my girl you’re so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true, yeah
You’ll be dead before your time is due, I know it

Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin’
Watched his hair been turnin’ grey, yeah
He’s been workin’ and slavin’ his life away
I know he’s been workin’ so hard

(Yeah!) I’ve been workin’ too, baby
(Yeah!) Every day baby
(Yeah!) Whoa!
(Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah!)

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Somewhere baby, somehow I know it

We gotta get out of this place
If it’s the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there’s a better life for me and you
Believe me baby
I know it baby
You know it too

Tracks #22 and #23

Posted: April 29, 2011 in 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 22 (28/4/2011) – A song that you listen to when you’re sad

This isn’t really my go to sad song, but I’ve already used my top two (Heart with You and Whiskey Lullaby). No points for guessing where I heard the song, by the way..

Day 23 (29/04/2011) – A song that you want to play at your wedding

Track #21

Posted: April 27, 2011 in 30 Day Song Challenge

Day 21 (27/04/2011) – A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Easiest one yet. My happy mood go to song is as follows..

Or anything from Kaizers Orchestra will do, really 🙂