30 Day Music Challenge: Day Twenty Seven

Day 27: A Song You Wish You Could Play

As discussed in the last post I am not a musical person. I can’t sing and I can’t play any kind of instrument let alone play even one of the songs I love. In a perfect world I would be a singer/songwriter with multi-coloured hair and a wardrobe full of rock star clothes. However, it isn’t a perfect world – don’t get me wrong, my world is pretty damn awesome – but there are things I will never be able to do and being a musician is one of them. To a certain extent this is my own fault for not taking the time to learn/practice/whatever but it’s also just a lack of natural skill!

There are therefore a lot of songs I wish I could play, most songs if I’m truthful. But I’ve got to choose one and as I’m a guitar chick at heart it has to be an air guitar classic – Sweet Child O’Mine by Guns’n’Roses. This song is a deserved classic and I love dancing to it although as I do a lot of air guitar I undoubtedly look like a complete moron whilst doing so! If by any chance I discover any hitherto untapped musical brilliance this is definitely the first song I’d want to learn to play…

She’s got a smile that it seems to me
Reminds me of childhood memories
Where everything
Was as fresh as the bright blue sky
Now and then when I see her face
She takes me away to that special place
And if I’d stare too long
I’d probably break down and cry
Sweet child o’ mine

Sweet love of mine”

30 Day Music Challenge: Day Twenty Six

Day 26: A Song You Can Play on an Instrument

Bahahahaha! This is going to be the shortest blog post in the history of the world. I can’t play any instruments, at all. In fact, despite the fact I adore music, I must be one of the least musically talented people in the world. I wasn’t allowed to learn the violin or join the choir because I couldn’t tell one note from another and I played the recorder ineptly for a few months at primary school – that’s the full extent of my musical repetoire! It’s a shame because I’d love to be able to play some of the wonderful music that I love but I long ago accepted the fact that I’m musically incapable!¬†

So the answer to this question is, by default, the only song I have ever been able to play on an instrument – a French nursery rhyme called Frere Jacques on the recorder (the video is not me by the way). And I couldn’t play it now to save my life!!

“Frere Jacques,
Frere Jacques,
Dormez vous?
Dormez vous?
Sonnez les matines,
Sonnez les matines.
Ding Ding Dong,
Ding Ding Dong.”

30 Day Music Challenge: Day Eight

Day Eight: A Song That You Know All The Words To

My first thought upon reading today’s question/challenge thing was how do I narrow this down? As I’m a bit musically challenged I tend to remember words better than tunes anyway. Also, all the words?! Will there be some kind of test at the end? Anyway…

When I was 15 I somewhat pretentiously decided to “get into music” as opposed to listening to Now That’s What I Call Music compilations for ever more and the first band I turned to was of course¬†The Beatles. I knew Beatles songs of course, it’s impossible to avoid them, but my knowledge was limited to When I’m 64 and Yesterday. So I stole the One album from my parents and listened to it on repeat for about six months straight. As a consequence I know a lot of Beatles lyrics off by heart… Everyone waxes lyrical about The Beatles but I always think that’s justified – every time I hear a Beatles song I’m struck by how fresh it sounds, despite the fact that these are songs written over half a century ago and still played a lot. I love their lyrics as well – from the breezy poppiness of She Loves You to the aching melancholy of Eleanor Rigby to the psychedelic drug inspired lunacy of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. My all-time favourite Beatles song and the one that I know I know all the words to is Penny Lane.

I can’t really explain why – maybe it’s all the quirky little anecdotes (I’m a sucker for a daft story) or maybe it’s because I can really paint a picture of Penny Lane in my head. Maybe it’s just a damn good song!

“Penny Lane there is a barber showing photographs
Of every head he’s had the pleasure to have known
And all the people that come and go
Stop and say hello

On the corner is a banker with a motorcar
The little children laugh at him behind his back
And the banker never wears a mac
In the pouring rain…
Very strange

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit, and meanwhile back
In Penny Lane there is a fireman with an hourglass
And in his pocket is a portrait of the Queen.
He likes to keep his fire engine clean
It’s a clean machine

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
Four of fish and finger pies
In summer, meanwhile back

Behind the shelter in the middle of a roundabout
A pretty nurse is selling poppies from a tray
And though she feels as if she’s in a play
She is anyway

Penny Lane the barber shaves another customer
We see the banker sitting waiting for a trim
Then the fireman rushes in
From the pouring rain…
Very strange

Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies
I sit, and meanwhile back
Penny Lane is in my ears and in my eyes
There beneath the blue suburban skies…
Penny Lane.”