30-Day Song Challenge: Days 7-12

  • Right then, here is the second instalment of my contribution to the current 30-Day Song Challenge.7. A song to drive to: ‘Born To Be Wild’

“Get your motor running”

Never having driven myself, I couldn’t say for certain what would be suitable for this category. However, this one needs no introduction and always reminds me of one of my favourite films: ‘Easy Rider’.

  • 8 A song about drugs or alcohol: ‘White Rabbit’

“Remember what the dormouse said”

Allegedly, this Jefferson Airplane classic is no more than a homage to Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice In Wonderland’. Yeah, right.

  • 9 A song that makes you happy: ‘Daydream Believer’

“But how much, baby, do we really need?”

I’m old enough to have seen the original Monkees TV series back in 1967 (and many, many years later I saw them live at the Royal Albert Hall, which was great fun). This song just cheers me right up whenever I hear it.

  • 10 A song that makes you sad: ‘Once I had a sweetheart’

“My eyes like some fountain with tears overflowed”

I remember seeing Pentangle at The Philharmonic Hall in Liverpool in the late sixties and they certainly played this. I recall Jacqui McShee sitting cross legged on a low podium, surrounded by the other musicians. Her pure, high, clear voice and that sitar instrumental break is a potent combination.

  • 11 A song you never get tired of: ‘Franklin’s Tower’

“If you get confused, listen to the music play”

Usually the final part of the ‘Help>Slipknot>Franklin’s triptych, this is a very strong contender for my favourite Grateful Dead song of all.

  • 12 A song from your pre-teen years: ‘All My Loving’

“And hope that my dreams will come true”

Pre-teen, you say? So that takes me up to May 1965. And what was the biggest group on the planet around that time. Why, The Beatles, of course. And it’s inconceivable that I could compile a 30-song playlist for this challenge without a contribution from the local lads.

As far as I know, ‘All My Loving’ was never released as a single – at least not in the UK – but somehow it’s always struck me as just the perfect pop song; and all delivered (in this video, anyway) in barely two minutes. Genius.




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