Musical memes

by tamarjacobson

Hurray! Thanks to Andy at older, but no wiser, I discovered a meme-a-day for 30 days. This could be fun – or not. I will try the first one, and see how it goes.

Day One: My favorite song

I have to say that my favorite song probably changes according to my mood, time of day, immediate life experiences, and so on. Currently, it is the Book of Love sung by Peter Gabriel. Lately, as I commute an hour each way to and from work, I have been listening to this song on my favorite radio station, WXPN. I had first heard it played in the movie, Shall We Dance, some years ago …

 … and had forgotten about it until recently. I especially love the part in the movie, when Susan Sarandon's character meets up with the private detective she has hired in a bar, and they talk about marriage:

Why is it that people get married? Because we need a witness to our lives. There’s a billion people on the planet. What does any one life really mean? But in a marriage, you’re promising to care about everything. The good things, the bad things, the terrible things, the mundane things. All of it all the time, every day. You’re saying, “Your life will not go unnoticed because I will notice it. Your life will not go unwitnessed – because I will be your witness.”

For some reason, lately,I cannot get enough of the song. I downloaded it into my IPhone and listen to it while I am doing housework, going for my walk, in the car … everywhere. I love the humor, subtleties, Peter Gabriel's voice, the content. It is poignant. It moves me to tears – deeply.

I am not quite sure if I will be able to continue with all the other days of this meme … we'll see where the muse takes me.

Here is the complete list (if anyone else is interested):

day 01 – your favorite song
day 02 – your least favorite song
day 03 – a song that makes you happy
day 04 – a song that makes you sad
day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 – a song that reminds of you of somewhere
day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
day 09 – a song that you can dance to
day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 – a song from your favorite band
day 12 – a song from a band you hate
day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 – a song that describes you
day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 – a song from your favorite album
day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 – a song from your childhood
day 30 – your favorite song at this time last year