At work, some of my colleagues have done this, the Facebook 30 Day Song Challenge. Basically, it’s a list of 30 topics, one per day, and a person taking the challenge is supposed to post a song that answers the day’s question. One coworker suggested that I should do it, so I grabbed the list of 30 questions, then off and on started answering the questions for myself, with the goal being that, once I had all thirty answers, then I would start posting them.
It’s an interesting list of questions:
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 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 youre angry
day 21 – a song that you listen to when youre happy
day 22 – a song that you listen to when youre 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
About two-thirds of this was easy to answer. One third wasn’t. And I suspect that the things that had me stumped would surprise people. Those who know me would find some expected choices, but there’s also several surprises.
The interesting thing for me came in looking up the songs on YouTube. By and large, music videos have passed me by. I grew up in rural America, and I didn’t have cable, so MTV and VH1 were largely unfamiliar to me. When I think of a song, I think of the tune and the lyrics, and I rarely think of a visual for it. Discovering the official videos for some of the 30 songs was an eye-opening experience. One song that I’ve always liked has an utterly baffling video.
Starting today, then, I’m going to start posting the answers to these on both Facebook and Twitter, using the #30DaySong hashtag for the latter.
Then, once it’s all done, in mid-May, I’ll post the full list of thirty songs and perhaps explicate some of the thinking behind certain choices.