Category Archives: 30 Day Song Challenge

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 9 – A Song That You Can/Could Dance To

“The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Oh yeah, break out the cardboard!! Yes, in my very early teens I was very much caught in the wave of Break Dancing. I had the parachute pants and everything. My friends and I would throw down some cardboard, and then throw down some break dancing moves. I could spin really well on the cardboard. I also did the worm – forwards and backwards. We even threw in some moonwalking for good measure.

“The Message” was one of the only songs we had on tape that we could break dance to. Other than that, we would have to play the radio, and hope that some other rap song or dance song would come on.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 8 – A Song That You Know All the Words To

“Metal Health” by Quiet Riot

I was considering a Kenny G song for this, but I suppose that would be cheating.

Before there were liner notes and lyrics in cassettes, the only way you could memorize the words was if you listened to the song over and over. When “Metal Health” came out, a friend and I wrote the lyrics out. We would play it for a few words, then stop it to write down the words. If we couldn’t understand what they were saying, we would keep rewinding and play it over again. It’s way easier to get song lyrics now.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 7 – A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

“Every Time You Go Away” by Paul Young

This song reminds me of the first time I left home. I was leaving for the Navy. The recruiter came to my house to pick me up around 3:00 or 4:00 in the morning. This song came on the radio as soon as we pulled away. It was on a radio station too, so it just wasn’t the recruiter messing with me.

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 6 – A song that reminds you of somewhere

“Suzanne” by Journey

This song reminds me of Pennsylvania. We went on a family vacation to Pennsylvania in the summer of 1986. I was listening to my Walkman on the way down. I had just gotten the brand new Journey tape – Raised On Radio. I may have brought other tapes, but this was the only one I listened to. “Suzanne” was my favorite song on the tape, and I kept playing it over and over.

First Stop – Philly

It was one of my favorite vacations growing up. We stopped in Philadelphia for the first couple of days. We went to Veteran’s Stadium to see the Philadelphia Phillies play against my beloved Mets.
I was wearing my Mets cap when we bought the tickets. I think my parents thought that we would be killed. But I kept my cap on. We sat in the outfield for the game, and as it turned out, we were surrounded by Mets fans! Before the game, we were watching batting practice. I got to see Mike Schmidt clobber some home runs.

Whoa! A Near Death Experience! Screw You, Roger McDowell!!

Now let’s step back a couple of months…
Earlier that year, Lee Mazzilli was in the minor leagues, and we saw him play his first game against the Pawtucket Red Sox. He got a home run in his first at bat. The next time he came up, his statistics appeared on the scoreboard – 1 Home Run, 1 RBI, 1.000 Batting Average. My father took a picture of it.

Back to the present…

So, while we were watching batting practice, the Mets players were warming up in the outfield – including Lee Mazzilli. As it turns out, my dad was thought ahead, and brought the picture with him. So we went down to the first base line so my dad could give him the picture. But Mazzilli had gone back in the locker room by the time we made it down. There were some players still warming up, so we figured one of them could give him the picture. While we were trying to get somebody’s attention, Daryl Strawberry was up at batting practice. He hit a line drive right at us. I have never seen a ball move so fast! We were kind of far from the plate, but it only took a split second for the ball to reach us. Luckily, it was low, and hit the railing in front of us. My dad and I still talk about it today.
After, that we saw that Mets relief pitcher, Roger McDowell was nearby, so we were calling him over. There weren’t too many people around, and he was so close, I know he could hear us. But, he just ignored us. Then he went back to the locker room, and jogged right by, still ignoring us. Even though he was a Met, I couldn’t stand him after that! I am so glad it was Jesse Orosco on the mound when the Mets won the World Series that year, and not that jackass!
I believe my dad still has that picture to this day.

On to Amish Country

After Philly, we went on to Lancaster, PA, which is the heart of Amish country in Pennsylvania. It was so peaceful, and I had some of the best food I ever had in my life. It made for one of my favorite vacations, ever.

As it turns out, my wife and her family vacationed around Lancaster all the time. So, to this day, my wife and I make a yearly trek to Amish Country.

But, my trip there in 1986 will always be associated with Journey’s Raised On Radio, and specifically the song “Suzanne”:

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 5 – A song that reminds you of someone

“Not Me” by Glenn Medeiros

Not for the reason you may think.

As many of my loyal readers may know, I served in the U.S. Navy. I went into Boot Camp in February 1989. After graduating Boot Camp, I went to San Diego to get training in the field that I would be working in – which was as a Mess management Specialist. It was basically the equivalent of a couple of years worth of going to Johnson & Whales University crammed into 8 weeks.

My New Purchase

After being in boot camp for around 10 weeks, the only music I heard was “Anchors Aweigh” (a million times). So when I got to San Diego, one of the first things I did was buy a Walkman, and some tapes. I even took time to stencil my name on the inside of the Walkman door. As for the cassettes, I bought mostly rock music such as Bon Jovi’s New Jersey, and Van Halen’s OU812. But, I also wanted music that would put me to sleep. I was not a Glenn Medeiros fan by any stretch of imagination. However, I had heard some of his music, and figured that would be perfect. So I bought Glenn Medeiros’ Not Me. And it worked. I would go to bed at night listening to my Walkman, and it would knock me right out.

A Storm is Brewing

The barracks that we slept in was full of bunk beds. I slept on the bottom bunk. One morning, my bunk-mate warned me that a scumbag, that was in our class, almost tried stealing my Walkman while I was sleeping. That pissed me off. So, I was hoping I would catch him trying it.

Thief!

A day or two later, I woke up with my headphones on, but something didn’t feel right. I felt the cord to the headphones and noticed that the Walkman was missing! All that was there was the Glenn Medeiros tape!! That douche stole my Walkman!!! I have no idea how I didn’t feel it being taken away.

Nobody Steals From Me and Gets Away With It!

Now, anybody who knows me would probably best describe my personality as being “reserved”. But, when somebody not only steals from me, but steals something music related, it awakens the beast. And, I also found out that he stole headphones off of another guy that was about 3 times his size. I kept my cool though. I knew exactly who stole it, and he slept on the top bunk a little further away from me.

I saw Douche was sleeping. So I climbed up on the side of the bunk that was next to him, and confirmed that he had my Walkman. So I reached over and grabbed it, and unhooked the headphones. I looked to see what tape he had in it. It was NWA or some other Gangsta Rap type group. I left the tape where the Walkman had been. I couldn’t get the headphones for the other guy though, because Douche was laying on his head on one of the earpieces. However, the Walkman itself was with it’s rightful owner! I was tempted to take the tape too, and leave the Glenn Medeiros one in it’s place. But I didn’t want to be a thief. I just wanted what was rightfully mine.

Would You Believe the Balls on this Guy?

Later on that morning, Douche actually confronted me, and accused me of stealing his Walkman! He even knew the price I paid for it. But, I had my stenciling on the door, and showed him. He said that I probably stenciled after I took it. But, we both knew what really happened. I said, “How do you think I knew where to get it from. Somebody saw you! That’s how!” He saw that the next time he opened his mouth, he was going to get the worst beating of his life, so he backed off. And everybody knew he also stole the big guy’s headphones, so I was also ready to still see some pummeling going on. But, much to my disappointment, big guy was a pansy. He was more of a teddy bear than a grizzly bear, so Douche got away with the headphones.

Gee, I didn’t See That Coming [Sarcasm]

Within the next week, Douche went AWOL. I know. I can’t believe such an upstanding citizen would do something like that, Right?! It turns out, he broke into some lockers, stole money, and got on a plane to New York. Shockingly, Douche came back a couple of weeks later. He was in the barracks, and our commander, who hardly came into the barracks, and found him. And dragged him out for good. I don’t know if he just got kicked out of the Navy with a Dishonorable Discharge, or if he got thrown in the brig/jail.

So, here’s to you Douche! When I hear Glenn Medeiros – and not Gangsta Rap – it reminds me of you!

30 Day Song Challenge: Day 4 – A Song That Makes You Sad

“(Just Like) Starting Over” makes me sad because it was John Lennon’s last song that was released while he was alive. It was released on October 24, 1980, and reached #1 in the UK and US 2 weeks after Lennon was murdered.

I believe that John Lennon would still be releasing great music today if he were still alive. This is a great song, and it breaks my heart whenever I hear it.

30 Day Song Challenge. Day 3 – A Song That Makes You Happy

“Polkas on 45” by Weird Al Yankovic

Did you ever wonder what Deep Purple, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, and The Doors would sound like on accordion? Well wonder no more!
Try to feel sad when there is a Polka playing – and not just a plain ole Polka – but a Polka by Weird Al.

This contains Lawrence Welk style music, Yodeling and Classic Rock all in one song. And the fast pace of this song also contributes to the magic.

30 Day Song Challenge – ’80s Edition: Day 1 – Your Favorite Song

Hey Everybody! I found an interesting Facebook page called the 30 Day Song Challenge. Each day has a different topic. Examples are:
Day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
Day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate

Day 1 is Your Favorite Song. Please join this challenge with me. I will try to post one each weekday. I am going to make this a little more challenging for myself by only picking ’80s songs. There may be older or newer songs that I may find more appropriate for me, but I will only list ’80s songs here. If you decide to take this challenge with me, you don’t have to do that if you don’t want to.
So, here is Day 1 – My Favorite Song

Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey

My favorite song changes daily, or even hourly. But, I’ll stick with my consistent #1. No matter how bad my day is, this song always makes me feel better.

Tomorrow’s will be “Your least favorite song”.