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A song a day, day 30: your favorite song at this time last year.

From the song a day meme: your favorite song at this time last year.

We made it! What a rollercoaster of emotion this meme turned out to be! I laughed. I cried. It wasn’t better than “Cats”, so there’s that. I like memes because they are quick prompts to be creative in the midst of homework slogging, but I am excited to be creative in a not-this way once more.

Anyway, this meme is over and that is a good thing. My last choice is easy-peasy, because the only song I “loved” on Last.fm in April 2010 was this one.

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April Smith and the Great Picture Show -- "Movie Loves a Screen"

A song a day, day 29: a song from your childhood.

From the song a day meme: a song from your childhood.

My childhood was filled with music. I remember listening to musicals like “Annie” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” and “Pete’s Dragon” and “Oliver” and so many more. I also remember listening to lots of classical music. But when I was very young, my favorite album to listen to was “The Point!” I can still recite most of it by heart. This was my favorite part. I still listen to this album when I am feeling small.

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Harry Nilsson -- "Me and My Arrow"

A song a day, day 28: a song that makes you feel guilty.

From the song a day meme: a song that makes you feel guilty.

This one was easy, I am sad to say. Grampa, I miss you so much. I did not appreciate you half as much as I should have when you were alive, and I look for you in every new person I meet.

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Heather Waters -- "Wait for Me"

A song a day, day 27: a song that you wish you could play.

From the song a day meme: a song that you wish you could play.

I have this funny idea that someday I will return to voice lessons and also learn the guitar. At that future point, I would like to play this song.

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I first heard Emily Picha’s song “So Long” but I do not remember where or when, exactly. These lyrics got me:

and so long, dear this is a new moon, this is a glory day this is a 747 strutting down the catwalk to sail away
“So Long” is from her first album, and her music has only gotten better. Recently I listened to “Westerly” for the first time and was entranced by her intricate yet not overwrought melodies. I want someone with proper music-reviewing skills to tell you about her music. At least one of you is reading this, so go listen, then come back here and use words good, please and thank you.

Emily Picha -- "Divisadero"

A song a day, day 26: a song that you can play on an instrument.

From the song a day meme: a song that you can play on an instrument.

I used to practice this so often on the piano that decades later I can still plunk it out.

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Mike Reno & Ann Wilson -- "Almost Paradise"

A song a day, day 25: a song that makes you laugh.

From the song a day meme: a song that makes you laugh.

JoCo wins this round.

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Jonathan Coulton -- "Code Monkey"

A song a day, day 24: a song that you want to play at your funeral.

From the song a day meme: a song that you want to play at your funeral.

For a long time, I wanted “Dead” by They Might Be Giants to play at my funeral because of the lyric:

Did a large procession wave their torches as my head fell in the basket? And was everybody dancing on the casket?

Now that I have been to funerals as an adult, I understand that my own funeral isn’t really about me at all but about the people who are sad that I’m gone. Playing a song that I find darkly amusing becomes less appealing when I am not around to be darkly amused.

I hate the idea of having a “traditional” song. I want something a little playful, a little dramatic, a little romantic, a little wistful … okay, enough dithering. I choose this one.

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Also: BioShock.

Bobby Darin -- "Beyond the Sea"

A song a day, day 23: a song that you want to play at your wedding.

From the song a day meme: a song that you want to play at your wedding.

I already answered this, sort of, on day 7. But this was my processional, a piece of music that I have loved as long as I can remember.

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Aldo Ciccolini plays Satie: 3 Gymnopédies - 1. Lent Et Douloureux

A song a day, day 22: a song that you listen to when you're sad.

From the song a day meme: a song that you listen to when you’re sad.

This was a tough one for me. Although there are approximately eleventy kajillion sad songs in the world, I tend not to listen to music while sad. This is one of the saddest songs I know, though.

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Phil Collins -- "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)"

A song a day, day 21: a song that you listen to when you're happy.

From the song a day meme: a song that you listen to when you’re happy.

Again, there are so many different types of happiness! I am trying hard not to repeat any musicians throughout this meme, so I will choose a newer (to me) cover that multiplies my smile.

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Pomplamoose -- "Nature Boy"

A song a day, day 20: a song that you listen to when you're angry.

From the song a day meme: a song that you listen to when you’re angry.

O, but I have so many different flavors of angry. Like right now! I am seething because this paper I am writing is so dumb, and I do not want it to be dumb, but I am convinced that APA style makes me write dumber than any other citation style. Why is that?

This song, however, is not for homework-seething. This song is for tenderized heart growliness. And I have definitely listened to it while very, very angry.

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Justin Timberlake -- "Cry Me a River"

A song a day, day 19: a song from your favorite album.

From the song a day meme: a song from your favorite album.

“Favorite” here is such a weird word, but I guess I will go with what my favorite album is right this second.

I don’t have words for what I love about TV On The Radio, which is exactly why I love them so much. They break capitalization rules and my love for them makes me okay with that.

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TV On The Radio -- "Will Do"

A song a day, day 18: a song that you wish you heard on the radio.

From the song a day meme: a song that you wish you heard on the radio.

I barely remember life before this meme. There may have been actual content here once. But that’s okay! We’re nearly finished, both meme-wise and semester-wise.

As previously stated, I don’t listen to the radio, plus I am sure this song is on the radio already, but I would love to hear it at random times while I am out in the world.

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Stripmall Architecture -- "Lemoncholic"

A song a day, day 17: a song that you hear often on the radio.

From the song a day meme: a song that you hear often on the radio.

It is strange to write this, but I do not listen to the radio anymore! When I listen to something outside iTunes, it is usually Last.fm Radio, which doesn’t exactly qualify.

So I will answer this one with “a song I hear often on my mental radio”. Unfortunately for FunkyPlaid, I tend to make up lyrics to it too. Not very complicated ones, either. I do not know why this runs through my head so often. It is especially perplexing because I have never seen a full episode.

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Mike Post & Pete Carpenter -– Theme From "The A-Team"

A song a day, day 16: a song that you used to love but now hate.

From the song a day meme: a song that you used to love but now hate.

This is one of those songs, you know the kind, that you like because someone says “this song reminds me of you” and you are looking for any reason at all to be special to that someone so you hold onto the song and when you listen to it you try and see yourself as this someone sees you and when it doesn’t work, when it all doesn’t work, when it disintegrates spectacularly after many Michael Bay explosions, you wonder how you could have ever been such a fool.

To quote a completely different band, “But I was young and foolish then; I feel old and foolish now.”

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Train -- "Drops of Jupiter"

A song a day, day 15: a song that describes you.

From the song a day meme: a song that describes you. We are halfway there! I feel more of a sense of accomplishment than I do with my homework right now.

There was a six-way tie before I gave up and just picked one.

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Fiona Apple -- "Extraordinary Machine"

I love all the lyrics, but especially the chorus:

If there was a better way to go then it would find me I can’t help it, the road just rolls out behind me Be kind to me, or treat me mean I’ll make the most of it, I’m an extraordinary machine

The five runners-up:

… there are so many more. It depends on the day.

A song a day, day 14: a song that no one would expect you to love.

From the song a day meme: a song that no one would expect you to love.

I don’t have much time to ponder this one, but I am pretty sure this may surprise some people. I saw him in concert many years ago now, and he was outstanding. This song haunts me.

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Lyle Lovett -- "Nobody Knows Me"

A song a day, day 13: a song that is a guilty pleasure.

From the song a day meme: a song that is a guilty pleasure.

Half of my music catalog may seem like it qualifies, but doesn’t make me feel guilty at all. This song does a little.

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Kelly Clarkson -- "Since U Been Gone"

A song a day, day 12: a song from a band you hate.

From the song a day meme: a song from a band you hate.

I don’t really have any words for this one.

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Ke$ha -- "Blah Blah Blah" (featuring 3OH!3)

A song a day, day 11: a song from your favorite band.

From the song a day meme: a song from your favorite band.

How easy is this one? So easy.

Actually, not so easy. Last.fm has been very helpful during this meme. For example, I could have never, ever guessed my most listened-to track from my favorite band (since late 2004, anyway).

This is my current favorite song from my favorite band.

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They Might Be Giants -- "She's An Angel"

A song a day, day 10: a song that makes you fall asleep.

From the song a day meme: a song that makes you fall asleep.

I am clawing my way out of another illness – yay, depressed immune system – and so pretty much everything makes me fall asleep. But I chose a song from an album that I expressly use for this purpose.

I remember first hearing this shortly after I moved to Alabama. My mom was visiting for my birthday, and we were in a Discovery Channel store because at the time I collected geodes and tumbled rocks. This album was playing in the store, and it was so soothing that I commented on it, so my mom bought it for me. Every night after that, I would play it in my little dorm room to help me fall asleep in a strange place.

I chose this specific track only because this video has dinosaurs.

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Deep Forest -- "Anasthasia"

A song a day, day 9: a song that you can dance to.

From the song a day meme: a song that you can dance to.

I can dance to many songs, whether or not I should, but I am taking this one to mean a song that I must dance to when I hear it. This has been the case for almost two decades now!

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Violent Femmes -- "Kiss Off"

A song a day, day 8: a song that you know all the words to.

From the song a day meme: a song that you know all the words to.

We all need a palate-cleanser after that last spew. I didn’t intend to learn all the words to this song, but it is ridiculously catchy.

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Flight of the Conchords -- "Business Time"

A song a day, day 7: a song that reminds you of a certain event.

From the song a day meme: a song that reminds you of a certain event.

This song reminds me of saying goodbye to FunkyPlaid at an airport seven and a half years ago. It also reminds me of marrying him. We had the inimitable experience of having the band perform this song for our first dance as husband and wife.

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Halou -- Oceanwide

Although Halou is no more, Ryan and Rebecca have an excellent new band called Stripmall Architecture.

A song a day, day 6: a song that reminds you of somewhere.

From the song a day meme: a song that reminds you of somewhere.

A song about December 1963 reminds me of July 1992. But that’s okay, because music bends time like that.

I had just moved back to Pennsylvania and was warmly accepted by a group of incredible people I will never forget. One of these people made me a mixtape and this song was on it. It was the first time I had ever heard it. I used to blast this while driving at night, marveling at how dark it could get so far from any city. Everything smelled like hay and nothing smelled like exhaust. But I was born here, I had lived here before, so while it was so strange it was also so familiar. The lyrics to this meant something and nothing all at once. Just like me.

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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons -- December 1963 (Oh What a Night)

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