Without the sad times,
the happy times would not be so enjoyable
Minh Tan (see haiquote version)
There is a Facebook Community (sort of like a wiki on Facebook after enough people are part of it) called the 30 Day Song Challenge, with over a million users who “Like” it! The idea is that you share a song of certain meaning to you each day on your Facebook profile. It’s a great idea, this song a day sharing thing. I’ve created a few myself earlier this year without knowing about this concept, with the 28 great love songs in February and Top 10 Bob Dylan songs leading to his 70th birthday in May 2011. Both were intended to be theme focused, though, unlike this meme that is more about variety.
However, despite being about variety, the 30 themes for the Facebook 30 Day Song Challenge were a bit too similar, repetitive, anti-climatic and dated for my liking, and also not universal enough:
Copy the text between the dotted line as your note in Facebook, MySpace or other places. Put each of your answer on the line just below each emotion.
To make this an English as a Second / Foreign Language exercise, assign the note with some degree of explanation for each answer, whether a sentence, short paragraph or presentation.
Songs are often associated with feelings.
List a song (or piece of music without lyrics) and performer/composer that you associate with each of these feelings. Challenge yourself to come up with an answer for each feeling. Your answers don’t have to be your ultimate choice, just a choice that is true. Trust your feelings!
So put your CAPS LOCKS key ON to accentuate your answers and let’s get going!
Please tag some friends to encourage them to try this note as well, and please include me because I would like to know the songs you associate with these feelings.
For more introspective Facebook notes like this, please see https://digitalcitizen.ca/facebook-notes/
Can you sort out all those feelings? This might be a tough one to put on a lot of the guys! I’m a big music lover and have a wide range of emotions so I created this note. I hope you will like it, too.
Here are my answers, with links to videos that’s just an extra I’m putting for my blog post.
I’m Walking on Sunshine – Katrina and the Waves
Send in the Clowns – from the musical A Little Night Music
(Glenn Close singing)
Tomorrow – from the musical Annie
O Fortuna from Carmina Burana – Carl Orff
Earth Angel – The Penguins
I’m Too Sexy – Right Said Fred (first one that came to mind, really)
Bette Davis’ Eyes – Kim Carnes
For Good – from the musical Wicked
Piano Sonata #14 in C, First Movement – Ludwig van Beethoven
(nobody plays it like Claudio Arrau in this video link, either!)
Flight of the Bumblebee – Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Somebody to Love – Queen
Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder – Johann Sebastian Bach
Memory – from the musical Cats
(sung by Elaine Page, Susan Boyle’s idol)
Lacrymosa, from Requiem K626 – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (and whoever finished it)
(Doris Day and Robert Goulet singing)
Pretty much reflects my current music base and diverse interest in older Western music.