Saturday, November 30, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 28-30

The last segment in this series!

Day 28: A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
Um? Okay, I'm not quite sure what this one means.  Makes me feel guilty for listening to it, or a song that perhaps makes you feel guilty in some other way... almost tending towards encouragement to improve oneself? Ha... but I haven't got an answer for this one.  So let's see what random song I get.
Heh, heh, heh. Well, it's not *my* fault the numbers keep being Phantom stuff.

Day 29: A Song From Your Childhood
When I was younger I played the violin/fiddle and was involved in a lot of contests and performances, whether being in them or watching my older brother, so a lot of fiddle songs bring back memories.  Here's one that was in a group I was in... there were annual performances once a year and it was for Youth. Haha. Not a bit like a Classical orchestra... the songs were more folksy. ;) One time we played this waltz and they had these professional ballroom dancers perform a waltz on the stage which was sort of interesting.  Although the girl's dress left Somewhat to be Desired. ;)
I quite like this song, incidentally. :D Pretty much any waltz by Jay Ungar has my approval.

Day 30: Your Favorite Song at This Time Last Year
Haha... wow.  I don't have a 'favorite song' at particular moments, really, but I would say whatever I listened to the most at the time would be a Christmas song, since it was Christmastime then too.  So I'm trying to think of something that I wouldn't have listened to all that much before, so that it would be New, because new songs I like are generally played to death at first. :)
Well, I discovered the soundtrack for A Christmas Carol (my favorite version from 1984), and the theme/overture/song-that-plays-at-the-beginning is Delightful. :D
Click here.
(Although I'm not sure that will work... it's not playing for me. Bah, humbug. :P  Well, if it doesn't, go here and just listen up to 1:20.)

So... this is the end, I guess! Well, it's been fun!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 25-27

Day 25: A Song That Makes You Laugh
Pooor fool, he makes me--coughshuttingup.
Hmmm... okay, here's one.  I don't hear it a whole lot which is probably why it at least usually makes me snicker a bit. ;)

Day 26: A Song That You Can Play On an Instrument
Ooh! This is fun.  Well, I know part or most of several songs, so I'll go with one I can actually play from start to finish. Heehee. :)

Day 27: A Song That You Wish You Could Play
Mmmm... this one.  I think I may have tried playing the first bit a few times but... I gave up. Heh.  But I would love to be able to play this. It's so beautiful. *sighhhh* Well, the first few minutes, mostly. Some other parts I'm not as crazy about. :P

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 22-24

Day 22: A Song You Listen To When You're Sad
When I'm sad and I want to listen to music, I don't go and listen to something happy to cheer me up.  Oh, no.  This is where I have some Marianne Dashwood tendencies.  I'd probably go and listen to some song where I could immerse myself in sadness.  Possibly one with words, but instrumental leaves more room to apply a song to oneself, haha. One gorgeous song that I just looove but can find sad, or rather tragic, at times (I especially did when I was younger, before I learnt to appreciate just the emotion in some music, heehee) is this one.

Day 23: A Song That You Want to Play at Your Wedding
I actually have a list for this.  Somewhere.  Haven't looked at it in a long time.  Um... a song I've planned for AGES on having in my wedding is the Anne of Green Gables theme, but I already posted about that in the very first of these posts.  But here's a random song I think it would be nice to have played 'live'. :D Just the piano version, but here's the one from the soundtrack.

Day 24: A Song That You Want to Play at Your Funeral
Oh, goodness me! Little moooorbid, aren't we?  Hmm... "Without You"? SNORT.  Um... some hymns would be nice... but you know, I'm sure whatever my family would choose would be fine. And I do not like this subject. Let's just have a random song, shall we.
Zee Random is being boring at me, sigh, but here's what it came up with. (The second thing, actually-- first I got a random Emma Soundtrack song but Blogger wouldn't let me put the video here... weird.)

Song Challenge: Days 19-21

I'm behind here, so there should be two posts today.

Day 19: A Song From Your Favorite Album
Ummm... I don't have a favorite album. I just don't! I tried to come up with one and I just couldn't. So... random song time.
I do love this song. I should listen to it more. ;)

Day 20: A Song You Listen To When You're Angry
It depends on what my purpose is.  Sometimes maybe something Loud to match my mood... or perhaps just something normal to calm me down, haha.  I don't have a particular answer for this so it will have to be another random song.  I know, I'm a dud today...

RANDOM SONG: this. So, I didn't even know that was on my MP3 player... heh. I should listen to more of my stuff.

Day 21: A Song You Listen To When You're Happy
Trying to think of something I might not be keen on listening to as much if I was unhappy... mmm... this. 'Tis good Happy Music.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 17-18

Day 17: A Song You Hear Often on the Radio
Hmmm... well, I don't listen to the radio very much, really.  When I do, it's the Classical station.  And I can't remember one song being played particularly more than others... it seems like I've heard bits of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons multiple times, though.  And as all of that is rather long and I have no individual movement or even 'season' in mind, I don't have anything to link to.  Hopefully y'all have at least heard The Four Seasons before... and if you haven't, you should go educate yourself. ;)

Day 18: A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio
Well, one day I was walking around the house singing "All I Ask of You" when my dad was like, "I heard that song on the radio before, by the way" and I was like "WHAT! really? Coool! And it had singing?" "Yeah, I think so..." "Oooh! Do you remember who was singing it, or what it was from, or anything?" "Uh... I have no idea."
So ever since that moment I've been wanting to hear that song on the radio for myself. ;)
And if any of you feel like watching/listening to this and Enjoying the Adorbs... be my guest. :D
OHMYGOODNESS they are just so CUTE. That spin! EEEEEEP! 

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 14-16

So, I was supposed to have posted yesterday again... coughcough.  For some reason on the actual day I'm supposed to I'm at a loss to know what to put. But.  I will get back on the every-three-days bit on the 18th. Um... well, I'll try. :P

Day 14: A Song That No One Would Expect You To Love
Um?  I really don't know what to say for this one.  I'm not actually very unpredictable, and I don't think anything I could say would surprise all of you.  So let's just do a random song, shall we? I know, cop-out... but believe me, I did try to think of something. 

*random number* Oh, wow... thrilling.  (Ha, there's nothing wrong with this song, of course, but it's not like I listen to it for itself... only if I'm listening to the whole soundtrack.)

Day 15: A Song That Describes You
Haaaaa. Hahaha.  These are getting haaaaard.  Um... well, I don't think there could possibly be any song that would describe me, but I suppose some of them could describe certain aspects. ;)  For some reason I came up with this song as one that's always rather spoken to me, especially my sentimentality, you know.  And a lot of me is made up of the sentimental. ;)

Day 16: A Song That You Used to Love But Now Hate
Griefies!  Ha, this doesn't apply to me.  I don't exist in extremes like that. If I really love a song, I wouldn't ever hate it... unless somehow it became associated with a bad memory or something, which would be another story.
Sooo... let's change this to "a song I used to listen to all the time but hardly ever do anymore". That's the best I can come up with.
And don't get me wrong, I still LIKE this song a lot... it's just that several years ago I heard it so much that I wore it out. Haha. ;)

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 10-13

Yes, I was supposed to post yesterday, but never mind that. (I was thinking about it but I felt too Stuck.)  I'll just do four songs this time and two in two days. ;)

Day 10: A Song that Makes You Fall Asleep
Well, I can't say any songs make me fall asleep these days.  But when I was younger my sister used to put on a lullaby tape for me and I would go to sleep while it was playing, so I will give you a song from one of those.
"First Lullaby" from the album "Stardreamers" with Priscilla Herdman. (It's a link to Grooveshark. Couldn't find any I wanted on YouTube.)
The songs were all Priscilla Herdman's (some from another album called "Moondreamers"), and she had such a soothing voice to me.  Now listening to these makes me nostalgic. ;)

Day 11: A Song From Your Favorite Band
Well... short and simple: I don't 'do' bands. :P  Really, I don't listen to any music that qualifies as being from a band.  The only kind that would ever fall into that category would be the "big band" swing music of the 1930s-40s, and maybe even 1920s (Jeeves and Wooster theme, anyone? ;)).  But that's only if I'm in the right mood (In the Mood... ahahahaha... okay, sorry, that's the name of one of the most popular swing songs from that time), and only some of the music because I really don't like all of it. When it has a really vintage-y air, or just sort of makes me feel Happy... Anyways, but I can't think of one particular song so... I guess I'll just bow out of this one?

Day 12: A Song From a Band You Hate
Oh, well that's a big improvement. :P Sighhh.  You know what, since I'm not particularly creative and don't feel like coming up with Alternate Questions, when there's a question that doesn't apply to me (like this... I mean, I don't even listen to bands and if I did, why would I know about songs from ones I hated, exactly??) I'm going to do that Random Song thing that's often in tags and such.  Where you take your Music Device and give you the first song I get on shuffle.
Actually I'm going to use and just put in the number of songs on my MP3 player, and then find the corresponding number.  If it's not a song I can find online, I'll go to the next number until there is one.  (These are the rules I'm making up ahead of time. :D) Ditto for if it's a song I've already used in this challenge.

So! Random song #1: "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from the 1964 My Fair Lady soundtrack.

Day 13: A Song that is a Guilty Pleasure
Um.  A something I regard as a guilty pleasure, I assume it means?  Well, generally when I feel guilty about something it is not pleasurable, so the term doesn't make too much sense to me. ;)  But the first thing I could think of that would at all fit into this is... "The Phantom of the Opera" (theme).  Just because it's to rock-y, especially with the whole weird electric-guitar-and-percussion thing that starts after a while, so it's not the kind of music I feel comfortable with.  Haha. Although I actually usually skip the song after about half, because I'm just like "ugh, enough of you".  When I do listen to the whole thing I'm either a) in a listen-to-the-whole-entire-thing-minus-PONR mood, or b) in a weird mood where I want to giggle over the whole "Siiiiiing for meeeeeee!" thing, eehehehehehehe, and snicker-snort over this music does not match the rest of the thing and um, why did we have to stick 1980's-ness in here and then keep it, exactly? Also just that it's from Phantom gives me some pleasure. ;)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Song Challenge: Days 7-9

Day 7: A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event
Heehee. Okay. Can't resist... "Poor Fool, He Makes Me Laugh" from The Phantom of the Opera reminds me of Amy's visit in July.  And always shall. :D For anybody to whom it has not yet been explained-- I have no idea why we latched onto this particular random song, but we did, and it was in our head for days and we sang bits of it like every two minutes. :P We started singing the tune with different words, too. "Iiiit goes with ev'rything, hahahaha-ha!"
(Although this video cuts out the bit that has "Your part is siiiiiilent, little TOAD!" and that was not absent from our quoting and joking, believe me. :P)

Day 8: A Song That You Know All the Words To
Haha... okay, this could apply to a lot of songs. If I listen to a song enough I usually memorize it by default. So I must have some particular reason for what I pick... well, I'll go with the last song I was just singing for no particular reason, which would be "Just You Wait" from My Fair Lady.  (I was playing Uno with my parents-- I think what triggered it was when my dad draw-four-ed me. I said "just you waaaait..." and that phrase cannot be said by me without the at least some of the song following. Haha. :D Like you even wanted to know all that...)

And by the way, if you haven't seen either Phantom or MFL... well, don't try to make sense of these two songs. Haha. They may seem Rather Odd by themselves.  If you're curious I'd be happy to expline-- er, explain--everything to you in comments, though. ;)

Day 9: A Song You Can Dance To
Well, that encompasses an awful lot, too!  A lot of waltzes will fall into this category for me, but I think this calls for a good ol' jig.  "Oh, play a jig, Mary-- no one wants your concertos here!"
So here we have "Jane's Jig" from the Miss Austen Regrets soundtrack... although I know I've heard this song outside of this soundtrack... it's just an old song, but I'm not sure what it's called. I even have it on another CD, but it's in a medley and doesn't clarify.  (If you know the name, please do enlighten me!)

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

30 Day Song Challenge: Songs 4-6

Day 4: A Song That Makes You Sad
This is actually harder than I thought it would be... I mean, if it just sad "A Sad Song," that would be easy enough.  There's this, and this, and this and this... oh yeah, and we mustn't forget this.  So that's just what I came up with without thinking very hard.  But see, the thing that often happens with me... I listen to a song that makes me all sad and emotional the first few times I hear it, and then after that I kind of... well, I don't harden, per se. But they no longer make me sad, I just sort of like basking in the melodrama. Heh.

This taken into consideration, I'm going with something I discovered more recently, and by semi-random selection here we have "Without a Word" from the musical for A Tale of Two Cities. (Actually my favorite adaptation of the book to date. ;) ) It figuratively tore me up inside a little. You could just go listen to the song separately, but that one has slightly different words and I don't like the background music as well, and it's sadder when you can actually see Lucie singing it, so... here. Take this video:
...and watch from 1:32:32 - 1:36:05.
"I'd follow you, I'd be selfish too; I'd gladly join you in the grave! But there's a vow I won't betray--she'll never see me walk away.... And though my soul will die with you, our child will not be left alone..." *sniffle*

Day 5: A Song That Reminds You of Someone
Going for something silly and random here... okay, so you know the kids' song "This Old Man"? (With the knick-knacks and paddy-whacks and giving of bones to dogs?) Well, the first time I ever heard that was when Cassie, a girl who lived in the house behind me, was singing it, so now it always makes me think of her. Haha.  We would play together sometimes, but more often we'd just talk to each other over the fence.  I remember being quite shocked when I found out her name was actually Cassandra.  I liked the name Cassie, but finding out that was just a nickname and her full name was Cassandra came as something of a crushing disappointment.

I didn't like the name Jane back then, either.
My, how I've changed. ;)

Day 6: A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere
Back in 2006 my mom and I took a long trip on a jet to a faraway land. ;)  On the airplane you could plug in these earbuds to your armrest thing, and flip through different 'radio' stations. Well, I found the Classical one and listened to that for a while, and I think they had the same songs they played multiple times (when I say long trip, I mean long) and this song was one of them. So now every time I hear it, I'm reminded of that, and for a while afterwards when I listened to it I sort of got the feeling of actually being there again, if you know what I mean... which was cool... and though that's faded, it still reminds me of it.
And by the way, I didn't actually remember what song it was. Nope, but I mentioned it to my brother when I heard the song sometime afterwards, and then yesterday I was asked him "so, what was the name of that song that reminds me of being on the airplane?" and he was just like "Oh, that's Borodin--string quartet." and I was like "okay, thanks."
He knows his Classical music like I know my Jane Austen. ;)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

30 Day Song Challenge: Songs 1-3

I've seen this song challenge thing a couple times now and thought it looked like fun... and although it isn't my usual type of thing to post on this blog, I am in sore need of posts.  Besides, Jane Austen and Music are by no means unconnected. :)  (Y'all knew she was an accomplished pianist, right? Where do you think Marianne Dashwood and Anne Elliot got it from?)

However, I'm stealing Hayden's idea a little and not actually posting every day.  But instead of five songs at a time, I'm doing three, every three days. So by the end of the month there should be ten posts. Right? Math never was my strong point. :P

I'm not even reading that whole list right now or I might feel a bit overwhelmed and skeptical. Haha. I'll just take it three at a time. :D

So! The first three...

Day 1: Your Favorite Song

Ummm... I do not have a favorite song.  Buuut when I was Younger I did, so I'm going to go with that since I no longer have one. (Don't be redundant, Melody.)
Anyway, that would be Anne's Theme (sometimes called "Together") from Anne of Green Gables (and the sequel).  Howeverrrr, my faaavorite version is one my brother and cousin recorded for a CD (a CD made with the songs compiled for the wedding of one of my sisters) and I cannot put that here so I'll have to go with the actual soundtrack. Which is nice too, of course.

Day Two: Your Least Favorite Song

Okay, are you kidding me? This is even more absurd than my favorite song, because in the world today there would be way more songs I dislike than the ones I do, being very picky about music. Plus I wouldn't even listen to the songs that would be my least favorite. So let's tweak this one a little to beee...
My Least Favorite Christmas Song.

It isn't Christmastime yet, I know, but it will be by the end of the month (yeekes!) and this is just the easiest category for me.  Now there are TONS of annoying songs they play on the radio and in stores and whatnot that just make me think, why, WHYYY when there is so much gorgeous Christmas music out there??  But the one that's annoyed me the most the last few years is this one called "Last Christmas" and I reserve the right not to link to or post it. Since I don't like it. I mean... obviously.  It's not even really a Christmas song besides for mentioning Christmas, it's just really dumb and annoying and way too overplayed. Rather fun to mock, though. 

There are actually a number of Christmas songs I don't like.  (You want a hippopotamus for Christmas? Seriously? ...Why?)  I love pretty much any old-fashioned carol and a majority of the old vintage songs, though. :D

Day Three: A Song That Makes You Happy

Okay, this is good. "A song."  This is not limiting. One can be random. I like it. 
A lot of songs make me happy, but the first one that popped into my head iiiis "The Last Dance" from the Emma 2009 soundtrack. (Yes, I like soundtracks.)

*HAPPY SIGH* (If you suspect that the scene this is from is half the reason it makes me happy... well, I'm not going to tell you you're wrong. ;) )

That's all for now! :)  Have you listened to any of these songs before? Have you ever done this song challenge?

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