So I was farting around on Twitter – what else do you do on there? – and I came across this image.
So I figured I’d do it. I worked the first post up and someone commented, saying you could crank out the whole month in a day, if you had a mind.
I don’t have much of a mind, but I do have bookshelves requiring filling that I desperately need distraction from, so I did all 30 days (why not 28 or 31?) in one go.
And here they are.
Day one: a song with a colour in the title.
‘Red Pony’ by John Fahey. I’m still learning to play this.
Day Two: a song with a number in the title.
‘1969’ by the Stooges. Because THOSE DRUMS.
Day Three: a song that reminds me of summertime.
‘Dear Prudence’ by Siouxsie & the Banshees. Oddly bright goths.
Day Four: a song which reminds you of someone you’d rather forget.
‘Hopeless Case of a Kid in Denial’ by the Hellacopters. Great fucking tune, though.
Day Five: a song that needs to be played loud.
‘The Snake… & the Stick’ by Oxbow. Universe rupturing.
Day Six: a song that makes you want to dance.
‘Rocker’ by AC/DC. I have, too, when I used to rockabilly dance. It’s fast, but doable.
Day Seven: a song to drive to.
‘Radar Love’ by Golden Earring. Bart, can we stop for ice-cream?
Day Eight: a song about drink or drugs.
‘You Can’t Get That Stuff No More’ by Tampa Red & Georgia Tom. That slide.
Day Nine: a song that makes you happy.
‘Minor Swing’ by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grapelli. Every time, man.
Day 10: a song that makes you sad.
‘Moya’ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The full catastrophe.
Day 11: a song you never get tired of.
‘Dress’ by PJ Harvey. Power trio excellence, and that solo.
Day 12: a song from your preteen years.
‘Under The Milky Way’ by The Church. I was 12 when this came out.
Day 13: a favourite song from the 1970s.
‘Starless’ by King Crimson. That tension from 5:00 onwards is unbearable.
Day 14: a song to be married to.
‘This Magic Moment’ by Lou Reed. Unlikely though, been there: didn’t take.
Day 15: a cover.
‘I Fought The Law’ by The Clash. Originally the Bobby Fuller Four.
Day 16: a favourite classical piece.
‘Fratres’ by Arvo Pärt. Planet-shiftingly good.
Day 17: a duet you’d do at karaoke.
‘Islands in the Stream’ by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton. Weaponised, doable pop.
Day 18: a song from the year you were born.
‘Station to Station’ by David Bowie. 1976. Drugs. Magick. Brilliant.
Day 19: a song that makes you think about your life.
‘Sing Your Life’ by Morrissey. You can do anything.
Day 20: a song with many different meanings to you.
‘Do You Remember The First Time?” by Pulp. Too many, too close.
Day 21: a song with someone’s name in the title.
‘Sheena Is A Punk Rocker’ by The Ramones. Brilliantly stupid.
Day 22: a song that moves you forward.
‘The Seeker’ by The Who. Tremendously layered motivation.
Day 23: a song everyone should hear.
‘Strange Tourist’ by Gareth Liddiard. My favourite song, maybe.
Day 24: a song by a band you wish were still together.
‘Careful What You Wish For’ by Coil. RIP Sleazy and Jhonn.
Day 25: a song by an artist no longer living.
‘Folk Forms I’ by Charles Mingus. Because it’s on the best live album ever.
Day 26: a song that makes you want to fall in love.
‘Say Yes’ by Elliott Smith. Perfect.
Day 27: a song that breaks your heart.
‘Hope’ by Dirty Three.
Day 28: a song by an artist whose voice you love.
‘Shore Leave’ by Tom Waits. The alpha and omega.
Day 29: a song you remember from childhood.
‘The Millionaire’ by Dr. Hook. This played in the car a lot.
Day 30: a song that reminds you of yourself.
‘Up The Wolves’ by The Mountain Goats. Keep going. Just keep going.
There you go. A month of meaning, perhaps.