Overview of the 30 Day Song Challenge

Hi everyone!

So we’ve reached the end of the 30 Day Song Challenge – a song or song-related prompt for every day over the course of 30 days. I have to say that at the end of the challenge, I’m firstly thankful that I once again did it with Rhey of Sunshine. It was wonderful to see her choices and to also have someone who I knew would keep me focused on this challenge, especially on days when I legitimately felt like taking a small break.

This song challenge definitely made me consider a lot of aspects of music I hadn’t thought of in a long while. Music used to be in the forefront of my life, especially back when I was 16 and 18. However, it seems as though it has sunk into the backdrops of my life, in small echoes and minute melodies in cafes and shopping stores. Now I’ve explored songs from so many different avenues – and have found new songs to love and old songs to love again.

Credits go to LoveToTheMusic1

Credits go to LoveToTheMusic1

So, for those who have not caught up with the long list of songs that I’ve gone through over the past 30 days, here is the recap of songs that I chose for all those days. Links included for your listening pleasure:

1. The last song you listened to – Smile by Mikky Ekko
2. Last song you purchased – To The Moon OST
3. Favourite song at the moment – Castling (Acoustic) by The Narrative
4. Favourite youtube artist – Sarah Close
5. Favourite male artist – Passenger
6. Favourite female artist – Delta Goodrem
7. Favourite band – Yellowcard
8. Favourite album – From Under the Cork Tree by Fall Out Boy
9. Live gig OR act you want to see – Relient K
10. Guilty pleasure song – The Last Unicorn by Dan Avidan
11. Favourite song from a video game – Everything’s Alright by Laura Shigihara
12. Favourite song from an advert – Australia Home from Qantas
13. Favourite song from a TV show – Light Up the Night by The Protomen
14. Favourite song from a film – Test Drive by Steve Jablonsky from How to Train Your Dragon
15. Favourite song from a musical – Bui Doi from Miss Saigon
16. Theme song of your childhood – Pumpernickel Bread from Barney
17. First song/album you ever bought – Strawberry Kisses by Nikki Webster
18. Album you found accidentally and love – Popaganda by Head Automatica
19. Group you wish had never split – Blink-182
20. Song you want to play at your wedding – Endlessly by The Cab
21. Song you want to play at your funeral – Everything’s Alright by Laura Shigihara
22. Song that reminds you of a specific event – Vanilla Twilight by Owl City
23. Favourite mainstream song – Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon
24. Favourite funny song – Why I Cry by Ninja Sex Party
25. Favourite foreign language song – Comme Des Enfants by Coeur De Pirate
26. Favourite sad song – All Too Well by Taylor Swift
27. Favourite pick-me-up song – I Wanna Get Better by Against the Current feat. The Ready Set
28. Favourite song to dance to – Here (In Your Arms) by Hellogoodbye
29. Song you would recommend to everyone – Riptide by Taylor Swift
30. All time favourite song – I Will Follow You Into the Dark by Death Cab for Cutie

Okay, the entire time I was doing the above links I was just listening to “Why I Cry” by NSP.

Thank you all those who have followed me through! It was awesome. Seriously. Stay updated for any future challenges to come. Possibly not next month, because I am currently very busy IRL. But maybe in May or June.

Till then,

cumuloq ❤

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30DSC Day 29: Song I would recommend to everyone

Hey guys!

Slightly recharged, but not really ’cause it’s late at night. I actually wanted to write this post earlier but I realised I had no idea what to put for today’s post. What would I recommend to others? Honestly, it would entirely depend on who they are. I would recommend different songs depending on the person.

But I guess the kind of songs I like to share – and I love to share songs – are ones that put well-known singers in a different light, i.e. ones that really showcase how amazing they are. So, I guess today that’s what I’m going to do. Prepare to look at them in a new perspective …

“Riptide” by Vance Joy covered by Taylor Swift

“In Case” by Demi Lovato

“Pretty Hurts” by Beyonce covered by Jacquie Lee

So, we’re reaching the end of this challenge. Tomorrow’s the last song and I’ll be sharing with you my absolute favourite. Well … do check out Rhey of Sunshine. And I’ll see you tomorrow.

Till then,

cumuloq ❤

30DSC Day 28: Favourite song to dance to

Hey guys …

Okay, I’m absolutely exhausted right now. And just done with this week. So let me just share with you my favourite song to dance to and just end it here.

“Here (In Your Arms)” by Hellogoodbye

Okay, I need sleep. Goodnight, guys. Go check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for more stimulating commentary.

Zzz

Cumuloq ❤

30DSC Day 27: Favourite pick-me-up song

Hello everyone,

So today’s challenge is all about my favourite pick-me-up song. To be honest, I really don’t turn to music lately to ‘pick-me-up’, which is quite harrowing considering that music was my go-to when I was a teenager whenever I felt really alone in the world. It is even more disconcerting considering that I was in choir for two years of my life in which singing with my friends was one thing that just kept me going in life – yes, my own glee club. So you should expect that I knew all the songs that made me feel instantly better. But that’s just not the case. Nowadays whenever I need to de-stress and snub my baking insecurities I usually just turn to Let’s Plays on Youtube or watch another video of the Sacconejolys where Emilia tries to avoid naptime or a bath again.

Because of all these reasons, it was pretty trying to select a song that would pick-me-up in today’s context. What song would be equivalent to a shot of serotonin from seeing another Town of Salem video from ChilledChaos or ZeRoyalViking in my subscription feed? Or skyrocket me to cloud nine as much as a McDonald’s McFlurry delivery straight to my house at 11pm on a Friday night (maybe with a side of nuggets and fries)?

Well, I guess these four songs could probably do the trick …

“I Wanna Get Better” by Against the Current and The Ready Set (originally by The Bleachers)

I really like the original, but I love this cover. And it really does make me feel better listening to it. Maybe because of the repetition of the refrain “I wanna get better”. Even though the actual lyrics and the content, if you scrutinise them, is actually really depressing, it just has a catchy beat that overrides it. Plus, the realism kind of makes you feel okay about listening to it when you’re sad. You can be angry but this song makes you want to “get better”.

“Good Time” by Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City

This song genuinely just puts me in a carefree mood. It makes me think of Friday nights, having nothing more to worry about, sleeping late or sleeping too much and waking up the next morning not caring about anything. Plus, so many Youtubers have either covered this song or lipsynched in it and I honestly have never seen them look happier singing any other song than this. It just has the feel good vibes!

“Brave” by Sara Bareilles

I feel like if anyone I know is feeling down, this is probably the song that I’ll send them immediately. The video itself is all about self-expression and courage, something that sadly individuals in today’s world sometimes feel they’re not entitled to. To which I quote …

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

― J.K. Rowling

“Top of the World” by The Carpenters

Yup, an absolutely corny and somewhat contrived song. But you have to admit that if you just lose yourself to the melody and sing along you’re just going to instantly feel ridiculously better – how? Carpenters, how? 

So, thank you for reading today’s post if you made it all the way through! Thank you honestly for just making it through the challenge, whether you were considering your own songs along the way, or you just came to check out what songs I’d put down. The last three songs are on their way. If you can’t wait for them, and want to check out some more song, go over to Rhey of Sunshine’s blog as she’s accomplishing the challenge alongside me.

I’ll catch you tomorrow for my favourite song to dance to – which is difficult cause I don’t dance. 🙂

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

30DSC Day 26: Favourite sad song

Hey everyone,

I should be asleep now. I really should, writing this. But I felt this was the perfect time to write this post. Because I am so nervous and I am so worried and I am so openly terrified and I am so absolutely not brave. And I feel like all I can occupy myself with is writing and doing something and – not sleeping. Which I know I will regret when I wake up come tomorrow.

So, my favourite sad song. When I am feeling sad, whether it be about not being understood – which happens a lot, me being misunderstood, or whether I feel distant, or whether it be the time of the month, there is one song that I turn to that seems like sanctuary to me.

“All Too Well” by Taylor Swift

This is the kind of song which starts off sympathising with you. It starts off saying that they are in the wrong and that you are better off and it lets you wallow in your pain. Yes, you knew all too well that this would happen. That you were trying to be strong but now you’re just broken down and hurt and if you want to cry you can and if you want to curl into a ball and hide in a corner, that’s okay.

But it’s also the kind of song that doesn’t let you stay at that point of wallowing. It makes you sing along, out loud – or in your head. And you forgive yourself and you forgive them and you realise how stupid it is and you realise that to be strong and be a better person you don’t shrink away but you reconcile and work through your pain.

And these are the verses where the volta is present, when I realise that self-loathing or hating or depression is just not worth it. And that things that happen are experiences meant for learning and that you can’t self-destruct cause everything about who you are and what you do and who you care about is “rare” and you need to hold onto that belief:

Hey, you call me up again just to break me like a promise.
So casually cruel in the name of being honest.
I’m a crumpled up piece of paper lying here
‘Cause I remember it all, all, all… too well.

Time won’t fly, it’s like I’m paralyzed by it
I’d like to be my old self again, but I’m still trying to find it
After plaid shirt days and nights when you made me your own
Now you mail back my things and I walk home alone

But you keep my old scarf from that very first week
‘Cause it reminds you of innocence and it smells like me
You can’t get rid of it ’cause you remember it all too well, yeah

‘Cause there we are again, when I loved you so
Back before you lost the one real thing you’ve ever known
It was rare, I was there, I remember it all too well

I also love the fact that it is a pretty long song. It’s five and a half minutes long. And everything can change after five and a half minutes, and if it doesn’t, then you rinse and repeat until everything becomes clean again.

So yep, that’s my sad song. Go check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for her sad song and I will catch you tomorrow for a pick-me-up song. If you’re feeling way too sad and the song I just shared just makes you sadder, come back tomorrow for a pick-me-up. 🙂

Till then!

cumuloq ❤

30DSC Day 25: Favourite foreign language song

Hi everyone!

So we’re in the last few days of the 30 Day Song Challenge and I really hope that you have enjoyed it so far – me taking you on my music journey. It’s really been a long trek, riddled with ignominy. Today’s challenge really does push the geographical boundaries of my musical tastes. Thankfully I had a phase in which I was absolutely in love with this Canadian singer, Cœur de pirate or Béatrice Martin.

I think I’ve actually shared her songs before on this blog or in my previous outdated blog.

My favourite foreign language song comes from them …

“Comme Des Enfants”

Honestly, I love lyrics in French. I don’t know why. I feel like I’ve heard too much of the same monotonous lyrics in love songs in English again and again that French is suddenly refreshing.

Alors tu vois, comme tout se mêle
Et du cœur à tes lèvres, je deviens ton casse-tête
Ton rire me crie, de te lâcher
Avant de perdre prise, et d’abandonner
Car je ne t’en demanderai jamais autant
Déjà que tu me traites, comme un grand enfant
Et nous n’avons plus rien, à risquer
À part nos vies qu’on laisse de coté

Roughly translated to …

So you see, as everything gets mixed
And from the heart to your lips, I become your puzzle
Your laughing screams I should let you go
Before losing grip and giving up
’cause I will never ask that much of you
You already treat me like a big child
And we don’t have anything left to risk
Apart from our lives we leave beside

Plus, Béatrice’s voice is just heaven, especially when it’s just her singing with her piano, and I feel like even though she is singing in French I can feel the emotions she’s trying to communicate. And now I feel like I’m hijacking this post with my favourite foreign singer rather than foreign song. But you just listen to her singing, Francis (embedding disabled) and you can just hear how wonderfully melodic her voice is.

Another French song I want to share, that comes from a beautifully crafted movie, Jack et la mécanique du coeur (Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart), is “Flamme À Lunettes” (Flame With Glasses) by Dionysos (again embedding disabled).

The English version goes like this … and you can already see how much more poetic these lyrics appear to me than Disney songs.

Acacia: My vision’s not quite right
but glasses make me look a sight
Enough to give the world a fright
Like a sprite
Wearing specs

Jack: oh, fiery little sprite
Conflagration in the night
Don’t play games with your sights
If it leaves you in the dark

Acacia: I prefer life all a blur
I forget to wear my glasses
When I sing or share caresses
It feels good to close my eyes

So, there, I’ve shared my unpublished love for French songs. I think my second favourite foreign language for songs is possibly Japanese. Again, it’s because of how gorgeous it sounds.

Lastly, do check out Rhey of Sunshine’s blog for her favourite foreign language song. I’m sure she’ll have some lovely other language to introduce you to! And I’ll catch you tomorrow for my favourite sad song.

Till next time,

cumuloq ❤