I know what you’re thinking: ‘You’re a parent Three Time Daddy! What’s a 30-day song challenge got to do with being a parent?! You’re a big fat fraud!’
Well, you’re kinda right. Kinda. Hear me out. Somewhere in the depths of this website I’ve said how much I love music, and how I want my kids to love it too, whether that means listening to it, playing an instrument or simply just humming along. Ok, from experience the kids humming songs can get very annoying very quickly, but it’s the sentiment that counts right?
Where am I going with this? Well, I’ve started to keep a record of how the music taste of NJ our eldest son’s have begun to develop, to my occasional despair, but I thought I’d turn the tables and write about my own taste in music. Therefore if my kids are ever interested they can see the sort of stuff their dad was into (and probably be horrified).
I’ve noticed a 30-day song challenge doing the rounds and thought I’d join in:
So, here we go…
Day 1 – A song you like with a colour in the title
Well, my pick for day one has four – ‘The Red The White The Black The Blue’.
It was the first song I ever heard by indie-band Hope of The States, way back in 2004. Their ‘The Lost Riots’ album was released shortly after founding band member and guitarist Jimmi Lawrence committed suicide and his work touches every single song. Although none of them are actually specifically about him (‘Don’t Go To Pieces’ and ‘Sadness On My Back’ are two tracks that seem like they would be), they are all tinged with an undercurrent of sadness following his loss. The whole album was one of my favourites for a number of years back in the noughties and this is the most abrasive – a perfect opener for this challenge.