On August 4th, I started to make a playlist called 1 A Day For 30 Days. Each day I added one song to the playlist which was determined by something that happened during the day, or a song I heard for the first time, or what music was playing in my dream the night before that stuck in my head. How I got the idea for this playlist was in the first song itself.
#1 Spiderwebs: No Doubt
I literally walked into a spiderweb on August 4th 2016. Obviously I thought of this song and put it on in my apartment right afterwards. Then I got this idea to keep going. Put one song on the playlist each day and see what comes out.
#2 Trouble: Cage The Elephant
I was on a Bumble date one night in Capitol Hill with this girl who knew all the same music as me, but when this song came on in the bar, neither one of us knew it. I Shazammed it at the bar, loved the lyrics immediately, downloaded the song when I got home and put in on the list. Unfortunately for my date, the next song title would describe how that turned out.
#3 You Stay, I Go, No Following: Look Mexico
Thank you for absolutely nothing. Ok, that’s being harsh, but I like this track because it reminds me of being a working man like I was this summer, and busting my ass for minimum wage…plus tips. Anyway, I’m sure this might have a double meaning since some of these lyrics remind me of a girl I used to date, but then again, don’t they all?
#4 Hands Down: Dashboard Confessional
I still don’t think this song belongs on the playlist because it wasn’t me who put it on, it was the Bumble date girl. The lyrics say “Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember.” which is shocking to me. I don’t know why she chose this one. I told her I wanted to stop seeing her later that night. Oops.
#5 Hello: Martin Solveig
“You’re alright but I’m here darling to enjoy the party Don’t get too excited ‘cus that’s all you get from me”
That pretty much summed up how I felt about the girl I just stopped seeing. When am I going to learn how silly dating apps are?
#6 Welcome to the Black Parade: My Chemical Romance
It was almost 90 degrees in Seattle this day. It felt like summer, and what better than to put a track on the playlist that has the word summer in it. Plus, I was learning to carry on in my life without the presence of someone else in it. I’m not going too deep on this one cause it’s in the past now, but I learned my lesson, dodged a bullet, and carried on.
#7 Titanium: Colin McLoughlin
This is one of the best covers I have ever heard. I especially like it cause it’s gender reversal with the vocals. I like both versions of this song, but when I woke up this morning and saw this under new track in the iTunes store, I couldn’t help myself. I also had been putting up these inspirational quotes behind the bar when I work to keep me going. Obviously today’s was “Shoot Me Down, but I won’t fall. I am titanium.”
#8 Read My Mind: The Killers
“Put your back on me” I relate the words that Brandon Flowers writes. I connect to them so I guess that’s why The Killers are one of my all time favorite bands, at least I still regularly listen to the first three or four albums. Some people hate the Killers and as much as I don’t get it, I respect their opinion to think that way. I certainly understand that certain bands can be polarizing. For example, I hate The Doors and I think the Beatles are overrated. There, I said it.
#9 Louder, Harder, Better: Galantis
Sometimes whole genres of music can be polarizing. Take EDM for example. I really enjoy listening to it and I have for like 17 years now since I took my first hit of ecstasy. Some people don’t get it, others do, but my guess is that people who don’t get it have never taken drugs before…. and there’s nothing really wrong with that. EDM is like the psychedelic music movement of the 60, but with way more beats per minute. I know it’s not really like that, but no one who reads this blog remembers the 60s anyway, so how would they know?
This song made it on the playlist because it was the day I realized my life in Seattle was pretty good. As good as it has been before, and maybe I need to start living it like that.
#10 Bring Back The Summer: Rain Man
More EDM!! This is a song you can listen to in March when it’s raining because it reminds you that the summer is coming, and you can listen to it in September when it’s chilly because it reminds you of the summer that just past. I think that’s cool that a song can remind you of more than one summer in the same song. I’ve have some pretty lame summers recently though so I prefer the fall, but Rain Man hasn’t come out with that track yet. Still, I have been listening to this song all summer long and it just HAD to make it on the list.
#11 Style: Taylor Swift
I was driving to the QFC playing with the radio and this cool beat came on. I really liked that it sounded like an 80s song but I had never heard it before. I broke out my phone and Shazammed it and T.S. came up. I started laughing my ass off. Before my ex and I went public I had her name in my phone as “Taylor Swift 1989” cause they were born the same year and I was trying to be discreet in case people at work saw my phone. Of course it’s her. But regardless, the lyrics are cute and even though not many people do, I still like Taylor Swift. She’s a good artist. If you disagree, please tell me why in the comment section. I’d like to get into this debate.
#12 Iris: Goo Goo Dolls
This was the next song I turned to on the radio that night after I got my food from the grocery store. I have sang karaoke twice in my whole life. The first time I sang Counting Crows, Omaha. The second time I sang this song. I guess I have an affinity for sappy 90s music, but the lyrics here are so fucking good. Reminds me of being in love, then breaking up, but being ok with it finally. Also remind me of being drunk at a bar back in L.A. singing this song as my voice cracked three or four times.
#13 Crash 2.0: Adventure Club
Another song that reminds me of my ex. I gotta stop doing this, but I honestly felt while I was in that relationship that being with this girl was like a drug for me, and when we broke up a couple months later I fucking crashed…back down to earth. That’s a story within a story. Maybe I’ll tell that one later.
#14: Migraine: TwentyOne Pilots
I went out with that Bumble chick one night and she stayed over my place. I tried making out with her, but it just wasn’t working for me. THEN I get this horrendous migraine headache when I roll over and go to sleep. My BFF told me that it was my body trying to tell my mind not to hook up wit this chick. I think she was right. When I woke up with a headache this morning it reminded me of that night. Great song, but I can do without the headaches in the morning now.
#15 Unsteady: X Ambassadors (Justin Caruso remix)
I was on another date and after the girl and I went to my car to smoke a cigarette, she started playing music. I rarely let people play music in my car, but this girl was interesting, a lawyer, and she kind of had really great taste in music. A lot of the bands she played me I had never heard before, and I really enjoyed this one so I put it on the list.
#16-#30 coming next week.