Monday, November 07, 2005

mix 2: The Calendar

So, when you’re an incredible geek, and you’re two gin-and-tonics into an 80th-birthday dinner for your aunt, and you’ve got a younger sister who you’ve properly cultivated into becoming a fellow music weirdo, conversations based around finding songs with titles for every month of the year become quite compelling. Thus, the second mix. The first mix posting below garnered eight responses (granted, the first two were from spammers), so I figured this might kick-start a conversation. Plus, I need help, since we're missing something for March.

The only rule for this mix was that they had to be songs I like. This eliminated contenders like September Morn by Neil Diamond and November Rain by Guns N Roses (which, yes, I liked quite a bit when it first came out, but the years have been much kinder to Sweet Child O’ Mine). They also have to mean the month in the title – in other words, no “march” as a verb or noun, no “June” as a woman’s name, no “may” as an auxiliary verb, no “august” meaning “venerable for reasons of age or high rank” (since so many song titles adopt it that way). Etc.

I wish that January and May were stronger examples of songs by those particular artists, who I like a lot, but what can you do? January in particular is rough because a) it’s my least favorite song on one of my all-time favorite records, and b) it’s the closing track on that record, and sounds like one, so opening with it is kind of disastrous. Oh, well – such are the hazards of being a giant list-making nerd.

So, without further ado...

...and any good ideas for March?

January’s Little Joke – Trash Can Sinatras
The Fourteenth of February – Billy Bragg
March (This Space for Rent - 1-800-ASWOBA)
April Come She Will – Simon & Garfunkel
King of May – Natalie Merchant
June – Pete Yorn
July – Innocence Mission
August Again – Ida
September Gurls – Big Star
October – Rosie Thomas
November Spawned a Monster – Morrissey
December – Teenage Fan Club


Blogger Dezmond said...

This appears to be a challenge. My list will be posted here shortly. My October pick popped into my head immediately, and I may recycle your September and November picks, but we shall see.

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