Hello all my wonderful readers and followers!
If you are a regular follower or reader of my posts you would know I tried to do the 30/31 Day Song Challenge near the beginning of December. I had every intent and was excited to stick to the rules of posting daily songs and finishing the challenge as I love music and thought I could share stories through music for viewers etc. Truth is, I was never very good with posting daily and with the holidays I became extremely busy. I also found out not only did I fail to post daily, but I think you also have to start on the 1st of the month you choose to do the challenge in, which I also failed to do.
However, I still love the idea of this challenge and really want to still take part in it so I am going to do the whole challenge in one post. Instead of posting it throughout the 30 or 31 day time frame (how many days are in a month you choose to do the challenge in) I will be posting all the 31 Songs in one day. The ones I chose for the few days I did do will be the same.
I also plan on doing this challenge again in the near/not too distant future with following the rules now that I am more familiar with them. Haha.
So guys…This is my second, but different attempt at The 30/31 Day Song Challenge. Much like before, I am really happy I found this challenge and chose to do it as music is something that has always been a huge part of my life. I will be following the same rules as posting a chosen song for each day and sharing a little life story or memory that goes along with each or some of the songs so viewers can also get to know more about me and because music can inspire writing. I find this to be the perfect combination of two things I cannot live without… writing and music.
HERE ARE ALL THE RULES I BROKE…But seriously below is my take on what I believe to be the official rules of the 30/31 Song Day Challenge
1. Pick the month you would like to do the challenge in/for. (IE: The next month closest to you when you think about starting this challenge, rather you want to post 30 or 31 songs as 30 is for the months that have 30 days in a month and so on. Does that mean if you did it in February Leap Year bs, you could do the 28 Song Day Challenge? Is this an official rule already or should it be if it isn’t? xD)
2. Start the challenge on the 1st day of the month that you chose. (IE: December 1st will be something like your intro and Day 1 of the Song Challenge. OR you could also do an intro way or just before your posting of Day 1, but must post day 1 on the 1st of the month. I think anyways…I really don’t know guys, feel free to make up your own rules or break them like I did tbh
3. This rule really isn’t in order and more speaks for the rules of the challenge as a whole btw…
For the time frame of 28, 30 or 31 days (It depends on what month you are doing it in. Read above duh…) you will share/post a song everyday. The song you have to share will depend on the rules given in this picture I have inserted below for you all or perhaps a different day song challenge you found with different rules, or rather you choose to break the rules etc. 😀
That’s it…It’s really that simple, so if you love music like I do or are just bored with blogging and need some new ideas feel free to join in with me on this challenge. As a huge music crazed person I will make sure to follow you on your journey of the challenge, however you choose to do it. I hope you at least enjoy checking out some of my picks for this challenge. 🙂
Day 1 ~ A Song You Like With A Colour In The Title
The Red by Chevelle was a huge part of my teen years that played many times on my ipod with ear buds at school and because I believe it deals with mental health illnesses much like my blog it is the perfect fit for day one. 🙂
Day 2 ~ A Song You Like With A Number In The Title
Day 2’s song of ‘The 30 Day Song Challenge’ brings you a song that quickly became one of the most popular songs of the 2000’s and climbed charts with it’s challenging lyrics and recognizable, yet unique riff. ‘Seven Nation Army’ by The White Stripes is one of the greatest songs of the 2000 era, if you ask me. As a person who questions everything and is a bit of a rebel against society it is no surprise that I instantly fell in love with this song and has stuck with me since.
‘And I’m talking to myself at night because I can’t forget, back and forth through my mind, behind a cigarette’ ` These lyrics are oddly relatable.
Day 3 ~ A Song That Reminds You Of Summer Time
Most of Bob Marley’s hits reminds most people of summertime, but it holds many great memories for me. Days of swimming and dancing around the pool with friends in the neighbourhood and family to his music blasting through our portable stereo with small speakers. Back in those days most would frown upon the lack of technology, but at the time it was perfect. Bob Marley’s lyrics also went against the grain and sang about dreams of freedom, so it shouldn’t be surprising to see this song also on my list this time around. 🙂
Day 3 brings you my favourite song by Bob Marley.
Day 4 ~ A Song That Reminds You Of Someone You’d Rather Forget…
As a fairly private person let’s just say this song just doesn’t just remind me of a person or people, but those times in my life as well. This song also in particularly helped me move forward from one of those people.
Day 5 ~ A Song That Needs To Be Played Loud
Be it when it was released in 1972 on Vinyl with a sticker proclaiming “TO BE PLAYED AT MAXIMUM VOLUME” or he is my dad’s and one of mine most beloved artists, there is no doubt this song and entire album always should be played as loud as possible. I also felt it was well suited as lately we have been losing a lot of the best artists music has ever seen and he was one of those few without a doubt.
I still cry sometimes when I hear this song. Very few oldies can blow me away like this song.
Day 6 ~ A Song That Makes You Want To Dance
Day 6’s song makes me always dance no matter where it plays be it at work, in a store shopping, randomly playing on my playlist at home or playing it just because I want to dance. It also never fails to put me in a good mood. 😀
Day 7 ~ A Song To Drive To
There are many great driving tunes out there and there is nothing like driving down the open road with your favourite tunes. As a person who always had playlists and mixed cds of 100’s of my favourite driving tunes it was hard to pick just one, so I chose a song that shares a fairly recent moment in my life even though I shared this song a few times in the past.
When the hubby and I chose to come to the states almost two years ago it was a kind of a crazy decision and we had no idea if it would actually be permanent. It was also one of my first times leaving home in a bit of an unknown situation, yet new experience. It became permanent and was one of the best decisions I have made in a long time. I listened to this song on the drive from Canada to here and ever since the song has meant something special to me. I had discovered the song just before we left and is rare you find songs like these just at the right time. I also want to go on a road trip with the hubby ASAP btw. xD
BTW…Some of the lyrics on my homepage as my description are from this song.
Day 8 ~ A Song About Drugs or Alcohol
Let’s just say I have seen alcohol destroy lives, alcoholism effects my personal life and it is heartbreaking to watch. This song and band was another huge part of my mental health music I grew up adoring. I can’t count the times I blared this song on my huge speakers and laid in my bed crying at night. It also still helps me get through shit. Most people don’t believe Alcoholism or a drug addiction is a sickness, but it is and I even believe it could be genetic. Every time I take a sip of alcohol, especially strong wines or heavy alcohol it gives me this sensation or feeling I can’t describe. There are a few reasons why I don’t drink or rarely drink, one is because what fun it had I experimented with as a rebellious youth, honestly think it ain’t worth it, especially the hangover and I am terrified of it destroying my life more than it already has.
Day 9 ~ A Song That Makes You Happy
Heh…From my very fucked up youth times.
‘I’ll miss the playgrounds and the animals and digging up worms, I’ll miss the comfort of my mother and the weight of the world, I’ll miss my sister, miss my father, miss my dog and my home, Yeah I’ll miss the boredom and the freedom and the time spent alone’
Day 10 ~ A Song That Makes You Sad
It being December and an amazing song from one of my most beloved music groups growing up I feel this is a great pick.
‘And I take back all the things I said to make you feel like that, and I just wish that I didn’t feel. Like there was something I missed, and I take back all the things that I said to you’
Day 11 ~ A Song You Never Get Tired Of
What would a music challenge be without some Pink Floyd? Here is my favourite song featured from an album I never get tired of listening too, Dark Side Of The Moon. Many memories of laying on my bedroom floor or bed rocking out to this album with my headset or blaring through huge speakers. This is one of my most fondest memories and overwhelming experiences I have had with music. I suggest rather you are a die hard fan of Pink Floyd or not to find a quiet place, put on this album and take it all in. I promise you it will be one of the greatest things you ever experience.
There are very few albums that have been successful as this and can pretty much be proclaimed perfect and one of the best pieces of art to ever grace us. This song and album is truly timeless…
Day 12 ~ A Song From Your Preteens
Confession time…I was obsessed with boy bands like Good Charlotte and Simple Plan as a preteen. XD
Day 13 ~ A Song You Like From The 70’s
I was going to play it safe and pick a song from one of my favourite albums of all time, Rumours which was released in 1977, but instead I am deciding to go with a song that relates to the topic of my blog and also a safe bet. This band released some of the best music in the 70’s and really in all of music. This song in particular for reasons I can’t really describe rightfully somehow relates to how I adventure through life being on the spectrum. That and it is honestly a beautiful song. Especially this particular performance of the song, sang by one of my favorite vocalists.
Day 14 ~ A Song You’d Love To Be Played At Your Wedding
Though our wedding ceremony was simple, quiet, absolutely gorgeous and one of the best days of my life we never had a wedding reception so I never got to pick one of the many songs for our first dance or playlists for the reception etc…Without a doubt this song would have been played at our wedding and will be if we plan to renew vows and/or have an actual reception in the near future. Pearl Jam’s music has always held a special place in my heart, as does this song when I met my hubby.
Who wouldn’t want Eddie’s gorgeous voice be played at their wedding tbh? If I could marry his voice I would, but this is impossible and the hubby would kill me. Jk…He knows all my bizarre thoughts and secrets. I honestly wonder why he married me. Hahahaha
‘I pull you close, so much to lose,Knowing that, nothing lasts forever, I didn’t care, before you were here, A distant laughter, with the ever after, But, all things change, let this remain’
Fun Music Fact: Eddie Vedder wrote this song in a hotel room when he heard sirens close by.
Day 15 ~ A Song You Like That’s A Cover By Another Artist
Although there are a lot of amazing covers out there, there are very few that I can claim I love more than the original. Some music fans refuse to listen to covers or it is not to their liking, but I always thought it takes a unique kind of talent to do originals justice, especially those who put their own spin on the song or just beautifully represent the original piece and I do believe it is it’s still art. Some would rather sit around and argue all day about art, while others just appreciate, support and enjoy it. Here’s one of my favourite covers that I love more than the original.
A song that is not just argued over what version is best, but who actually did the original. Prince wrote the original and Sinead O’ Connor sang it as a cover, but neither are in my favourites. My most beloved version of ‘Nothing Compares To You’ belongs to Stereophonics with Chris Cornell’s cover as a close second.
Day 16 ~ A Song That Is A Classic Favorite
With the likes of David Bowie, Pink Floyd and other most beloved artists on my list thus far, I bet you’re wondering who owns a classic favourite song of mine. 😉 Though some would already agree they will forever remain a favorite from the 90’s era, I am choosing a personal classic favourite of my music era or from my personal upbringing. It may be an odd choice though, but I don’t really care because music is a personal opinion contrary to popular belief.
A very delicate time in music and because I still cry when I see this performance this is a classic favourite of mine and it always will be. When music fans question’s Cobain’s talent and his obsessed minions, he blew everyone’s mind away with this performance/music session, rather you hate to admit it or not. What came after was very unfortunate, tragic and was one of saddest days in the history of music. Cobain was a hella of a lot more talented and gorgeous man than a lot of people realized. This particular performance I am choosing proves as it is as much beautiful that it is heart breaking. Just the way the candles and the emotion in Kurt’s voice gives a tingling/darkening feeling whenever I hear/watch the performance.
Day 17 ~ A Song You’d Sing A Duet With Someone On Karaoke
With songs or mentions of both Eddie Vedder and Chris Cornell in this challenge so far and they are some of the hubby’s and mine favourite artists I would have to pick this song to sing a duet with him. Though I would never really sing karaoke, even in my most drunken/goofball state. I have became more outgoing in my later years, but not that outgoing. Besides I could never do these two gorgeous voices justice.
Day 18 ~ A Song From The Year You Were Born
Some of you may already know that the 80’s is one of my most hated era’s for music, and though I am kinda ashamed to be born in that era, least it was the late 80’s as I am a 1988 baby. Although the challenge does not say rather I have to like the song or not, I would only think it would make sense that I do because otherwise what would be the point/challenge? Luckily I can normally find a few songs to my liking from any style of music, era, playlist and what not.
Here is a song I love from one of my favourite music groups from the year I was born…Also have many memories of playing this song on Guitar Hero (I think it was anyway) with friends.
Day 19 ~ A Song That Makes You Think About Life
Though the first verse of this controversial and challenging song reminds me of myself a few years back, I still feel it is relevant. Leave it to Hopsin to call out society and the culture of hip hop in one song. Rather you like hip hop or not you cannot deny the intensity in this song or the the challenges in society Hop called out. This song was questioned for racism and made many music fans angry, but I didn’t think that was the point of the song. It made people feel uncomfortable because it called people out on their bull shit in life and that is not a reason to be angry with Hopsin. The first part of this whole song made me feel guilty as fuck the first time I heard the track and you didn’t see me hating on it, nah dude I just got a grip and changed my life around for the better. This is one of the most honest, thought provoking and angst songs hip hop has ever seen and if you ask me it is pure fire.
Day 20 ~ A Song That Has Many Meanings To You
I was moved and overwhelmed by emotion the first time I heard this song. Since then it has always been a huge part of my music listening and part of my life. From a person who has battled depression throughout my life and other mental health illnesses to having friends/family/relatives etc with drug addictions/substance abuse struggles or also mental health issues and it also reminding me of a particular ex this song is one of few that has many heartbreaking meanings to me. ❤
Day 21 ~ A Song You Like With A Person’s Name In The Title
Day 21 brings you one of my all time favourite songs of all time, although I never really knew the whole story behind this song. Haha. None the less, Elvis Costello is always a great choice and I love the name Alison to boot. 🙂
‘Alison, I know this world is killing you…Oh, Alison, my aim is true’
Day 22 ~ A Song That Moves You Forward
Though I have many songs that have helped me with things like my mental illnesses or other struggles in my life and move forward I am going to choose a song that has been part of my playlists a lot recently.
‘Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep, everybody’s worried about me, in too deep, say I’m in too deep…in too deep, And it’s been two years I miss my home, but there’s a fire burning in my bones’
It has been almost two years since I have been home and I am super homesick tbh, especially during the holidays. 😥
Day 23 ~ A Song You Think Everybody Should Listen To
As a person who listens to a ton of music, kinda preaches her music like a religion and there are so many powerful and beautiful songs that can be appreciated by everyone no matter what kind of music fan you are this is going to be one of the toughest choices I have made in this challenge. I am also going to try to go outside the box a bit so I don’t bore you all with the stereotypical songs such as Stairway To Heaven by Led Zeppelin or Coyote by Joni Mitchell, not that these songs are not great, they’re amazing but most of the biggest hits have already been heard by everyone tbh. If you have not heard Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin than please don’t talk to me or bother reading/listening to the songs in this challenge as you won’t appreciate anything about it. XD
I am going to choose a song that was probably the first song to ever put me at a loss for words and to this day I cannot fully describe the power of emotions I feel when listening to this song. I think it’s a perfect example that you don’t have to even like hip hop or critique the song for it’s simplistic beat and lyrics to be taken back by the story that is told in this powerful song. As a huge supporter and fan of Immortal Technique there are many great tunes that should probably be heard by society as most of his stuff inspires critical thinking, but I think this song in particular should be heard at least once by everyone as it deals with some of the most awful things in society and what will probably be the death of humanity…Greed. As much as at times the lyrics can be simplistic, I still think Immortal Technique powerfully told this story through art.
‘The devil grows inside the hearts of the selfish and wicked, white, brown, yellow and black colored is not restricted, you have a self destructive destiny when your inflicted and you’ll be one of Gods children and fell from the top, there’s no diversity because we’re burning in the melting pot…So when the devil wants to dance with you, you better say never because the dance with the devil might last you forever’
Btw guys…Immortal Technique shared he never raped anyone and the story is completely fictional, but he told it in such a in your face manner to get the point across and to make it believable. Although the story is entirely false, it doesn’t change the fact this is the society we are actually living in and stuff like this does happen, everyday.
Day 24 ~ A Song By A Band You Wish Were Still Together
I am going to choose a song that was a huge part of my teens and by a band that I was heartbroken over when I first heard they split. Travis Barker was also one of my favourite drummers growing up and though I followed him passed Blink 182 stage, I was obsessed with Blink. XD There are rumors and talks of the band getting back together but A. I will believe it when I see it and B. It took them too damn long to do it, so therefor it doesn’t count or matter tbh
Day 25 ~ A Song You Like From An Artist Who Is No Longer Living
With selections from great artists who are no longer with us already on my list such as Chester Bennington, David Bowie, Cobain and maybe more you are probably wondering who is left…Have we lost that many great musicians? Well yes we have, especially in recent years. With Bowie, Cornell, Bennington and Cohen’s death all within close distance of each other was all too heartbreaking for music fans everywhere. In fact, it was so close that when Bennington sang Hallelujah at Chris Cornell’s funeral it became a very emotional time for loved ones and music fans alike. Not only was it a beautiful tribute to the losses of both Lenard Cohen and Chris Cornell, but Chester Bennington sang Hallelujah so beautifully only to take his own life shortly after, which makes it even more tragic in itself.
My chosen song is not about any of the above mentions or this video, but she did die in a similar time frame and if you are interested in Chester Bennington’s clip of singing ‘Hallelujah’ by Lenard Cohen at Chris Cornell’s funeral you can view it here…Warning: It is tear worthy.
Did I lose you with how deep I was getting or did I just plain confuse you? I am sorry if I did, but yes we have lost more than a handful of music’s most talented artists. I may also either lose you or shock you with the song I am going to choose as she pretty much flew under the radar, gained a bit of popularity with appearing on the voice, but gained the most attendance from her death…unfortunately. This is yet another out of the box/against the grain selection on my challenge.
I probably first heard of Christina Grimmie somewhere in her early or mid youtube career (If she had a youtube career? I don’t know everything about her tbh.) time frame. Either way, I knew of her and her work with music well before she was tragically shot at a concert at the very young age of twenty-two. She is one of many young musicians that died way before their time. However, her death is not just tragic or saddening because of her age, I found the whole scenario surrounding the death to be very tragic and it’s really heartbreaking to know that kinda stuff is actually happening in society. I could go on and on about how much I adored her or her work and her talent, but instead I will share a few covers or videos surrounding her. I know the challenge states to post just one song but…I already failed all the rules pretty much and she is worth a tribute.
Probably my favourite cover by her
Fast forward to 1:45 for her cover of the second verse. Her voice is absolutely stunning here and made me have a new appreciation for this song which I originally didn’t really give any attention too.
Her killer performance/appearance on the voice…Yes she made me listen to a Miley Cyrus song and actually enjoy it. 😉
RIP Christina Grimmie ❤
Day 26 ~ A Song That Makes You Want To Fall In Love
With love being one of the most powerful and greatest emotions we feel there is no surprise that the gallery or discography of love/heartbreak etc is endless. I know I have a huge selection and playlists of my most adored love songs. For this challenge’s pick I am going to choose a song that has personal meaning to me and for that reason makes me fall in love all over again every time I hear it.
As some of you may know, I met my husband online originally and met a couple months or something (My memory sucks, k guys?) after in person. However, I do remember little cliche things like this because even little ol’ me can have a soft spot for romance. Anywho…When we were talking for days/nights on end, everyday/night this song played on my random youtube mix one night and I instantly started feeling this warm feeling and almost cried. I sent the song to my hubby not thinking much of it or wanting to make a big deal out of it as we hadn’t even been talking for more than a month etc, and knew I was being extremely cheesy and stereotypical probably. That song was not really one of ‘our songs,’ though it was probably in consideration. It was finalized and a bit too coincidental when it played the minute I walked into the bus station to meet my hubby for the first time in person.
Much like this coincidental incident, here is another Christina xD
Day 27 ~ A Song That Breaks Your Heart
I was originally going to share this artist or song for Day 28 (a song by an artist whose voice you love) as I absolutely love this man’s voice, but this performance is too heart breaking to pass up. Be it his gorgeous voice, the heartbreaking lyrics or his very desperate and emotional performance of the song…Rick Danko gave make your fans feel the music a whole new meaning. I couldn’t even relate to heart break the first time I heard this song as I was still a child, yet this song sent chills down my spine, my eyes teared up and I felt the emotional despair in his voice and performance.
Day 28 ~ A Song By An Artist Whose Voice You Love
Since I chose to go with more of a personal favourite of mine and not anything to do with the 100 singers of all time or any of the sorts, it may be another hidden gem or surprise on my challenge. However, it should not be too much of a surprise as I already shared a song from his band’s gallery. It just happens that not only does he sing one of my potential songs I want played at my wedding and some of my favourite love songs, he also has an absolutely gorgeous voice that I adore, which I also shared my affinity with prior to this. 🙂 Eddie Vedder and Pearl Jam, that sound are one of the few good things left from their era. When Chris Cornell left us, I remember repeating ‘Thank fuck we still have Vedder…”
Day 29 ~ A Song You Remember From Your Childhood
All I am going to say is rocking out to this whole album, but especially this song with my cousin in the 90’s, not knowing anything about drugs or anything. Later to find more meaning of growing up and finding a personal connection/relation to their music, which of course helped me find a new appreciate for their music all over again. Here is my favourite song by one of my most beloved bands of the 90’s…Sublime.
OMG GUYS WE ARE ALMOST THERE! BUT…first we must take a moment for one of my childhood until now tbh music obsessions…
Day 30 ~ A Song That Reminds You Of Yourself
Shockingly here is one of my favourite artists of all time and was for a very long point in my life has yet to take his spot on this challenge and because he hasn’t I may have to break some more rules. Since I have already broken these damn rules more than once, this probably will not qualify as one of my best attempts in doing the Song Day Challenge and because I amazed myself by not choosing from his outstanding gallery of music thus far, I am going to share two or three of his songs as a lot of his music reminds me of myself or has gotten me through some of the roughest times in my life.
Though it is not a surprise that as a writer, lyricist or lyrical person like myself would praise Eminem’s music or lyrics for the true art it is, or be obsessed with his writing style…choosing this particular single off one of his way later albums could be a surprise to some as it is not highly praised by his die hard fans or would go down in history of one his best songs recorded. However, I am not choosing this song as a personal favourite or choosing it for it’s tools etc, rather I am choosing it for personal relations in the song and hints of Eminem could also have something like Asperger Syndrome or something similar. As a person on the Autism Spectrum, struggles with mental illnesses and could always find herself relating to a lot of Em’s lyrics growing up this choice really is not a surprise at all. 🙂
Another single that may not be more known for it’s relatable lyrics than technique of the writing etc and also from his later albums, as a person who has grown up different and struggled with multiple things with a blog about topics like mental health, this has a well deserving spot here.
Lastly my favourite song in all of Eminem’s gallery and has motivated me through a lot of tough times in my life.
And the last pick of this challenge…
Day 31 ~ A Song That Comforts Your Soul
This song and performance never fails to give me the feels and warm my soul. ❤
Well that’s it…Finally.
I hope you enjoyed it and everyone had a great Christmas. 🙂
This post has been edited to the best of my ability. It will not be edited or changed as this challenge was all about having fun and much like the rules not having a purpose, neither does the grammar or overall layout of this post… ~ My Authentic Mind