"29: A song that you remember from your childhood"
Define "childhood," as I was singing pop songs when I was 6. But perhaps it means that nebulous age between 0 and 6?
I think the safest bet is to pick a song we used to sing in the car on long drives. My mum had a thing for ballads.
I couldn't find a version of this song I liked, though. The below is a compromise. I don't know why it wasn't filmed at the Loch, which is utterly gorgeous. My brother was married there at the priory. I still remember how red my arms were from stripping the willow afterwards (and, oh, my toes!).
And if you don't know what stripping the willow is...I love this video. Oban, easily one of the prettiest towns in Scotland, broke the world record in 2011. Stripping the willow is so much fun! The fun starts at 1:31 in the attached video. It's a bit repetitive at first, so feel free to skip ahead to around 6:30 when the videographer starts walking down the way.
"28: A song by an artist with a voice that you love"
Since I can't keep sad-feelings on my feed, I'm going to answer this one today too. I so wanted to sound just like Shirley Bassey when I was young, to get that gorgeous growl of her whenever she purrs an "n" sound, to have that rich vibrato on her vowels that just...oh, it's just awesome. The breath control, the growl, the smile...
This is my favorite singer, hands down, no one even comes close.
This is a live version of "Big Spender" from when she sang for Prince Phillip's birthday, I think she was 65 at the time, and it's so quintessentially her, with her fantastic humor, I had to use it.
But for those who like a more modern sound, how about the Propellerheads 2011 song "History Repeating" (seriously, no one chews the letter "n" better than Shirley Bassey)
"27: A song that breaks your heart"
Okay. So, this isn't a fun one. I picked an Avicii song, not because it's sad, but because of Avicii himself. I can't listen to his songs without feeling that they hid a lot of pain.
"26: A song that is about love"
Isn't this almost every single song? Ha!
I'm going to subvert this one a little. I assume it means romantic love, but I've found that I wouldn't love my husband nearly as much if he wasn't also my best friend. And not just him, I love all my friends. I've got a very small group of people that I love in this world outside of my family, and I would do anything for any of them.
And I sort of love this video.
"25: A song by an artist no longer living"
I want to sing this to the brainwashed side of America who only watch Fox News.
"24: A song by a band you wish were still together"
Well, damn, my very first thought was "Letters to Cleo" and I just discovered that they got back together in 2016. Who knew?
I'm going to pick them anyway as a hope that they stay together.
"23: A song that you think everybody should listen to"
I don't love this question, because I feel like music is a very personal thing. Who says other people will like a song as much as you do?
So, instead, I'm going to pick a song that I played every single time I drove home from college or law school when I was younger. I'd blast this out of my car speakers and sing along at the top of my voice. Do I think it's a song you should listen to? Not really. But it's a favorite of mine.
"22: A song that moves you forward"
I'm posting this now, because I need motivation to buckle down and work this snow-filled Monday morning.
Seriously, I bought Wonder Woman because the scene from the moment she steps onto No Man's Land until she wrecks the church clock is like catnip to me. If I need a pick me up, that's my current go to. I love how, as soon as this theme starts in the film, you know that Diana knows exactly who she is.
My husband also made this my ringtone. He knows me so well.
And because I can't resist:
No Man's Land Scene (music slowly builds):
And Battle of Veld (notice the moment the theme starts):
"21: A favorite song with a person's name in the title"
I was going to go with a song named Cindy by Tammany Hall, which I love, but this one played recently and I feel like it exemplifies the way I want to be (not necessarily the way I am, though).
This is the chorus:
"...Everybody gets knocked down,
Everybody gets knocked down,
How quick are you gonna' get up?
Just how are you gonna' get up?
Like Ali in the jungle,
Like Nelson in jail,
Like Simpson on the mountain,
Well with odds like that, they were bound to fail
Like Keller in the darkness,
Like Adams in the dock,
Like Ludwig Van, how I loved that man,
well the guy went deaf and didn't give a damn, no..."
By the by, I've seen so few of these videos for these songs. It's been fascinating looking them up!