Songs! 30 challenges, 30 weeks, 30 songs.

Mike Schilling

Mike has been a software engineer far longer than he would like to admit. He has strong opinions on baseball, software, science fiction, comedy, contract bridge, and European history, any of which he's willing to share with almost no prompting whatsoever.

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  1. Maribou says:

    This is such a fun series….. eeeeeeee.

    Good song, too.

    This is the first one that sprang to mind for me:

  2. Oscar Gordon says:

    The second AC/DC song I ever listened to, and what really hooked me as a fan (The first was Shook Me All Night Long).

  3. Doctor Jay says:

    One of my favorites: Donald Fagin of Steely Dan:

  4. Reformed Republican says:

    Seems like an obvious choice:

  5. Anne says:

    Thanks Mike I started following your post on twitter and then lost the thread. I look forward to seeing all the posts.Report

  6. veronica d says:

    I’m not sure if this is my favorite song-with-a-color-in-the-title — as my brain is very bad at that sort of information recall. In any case, I like it, and it’s the first such song I could think of.

  7. One of the ideas I’ve kicked around is a thread that explores why all songs with the word blue in the title are so good. There are so many good blue songs it’s ridiculous, including the one you chose, “Tangled Up In Blue”. Has one of my fave lines of any song “I felt a little uneasy when she bent down and tied the laces of my shoe”. Love it.

    But all that having been said, blue songs, while great, are not my favorite color mentioned in song. That honor goes to Kermit the Frog singing “It’s Not Easy Being Green”.

  8. bookdragon says:

    A favorite

    which I can’t seem to get to embed right, so I’ll just leave the linkReport

  9. Oscar Gordon says:

    Wait, does Rainbow Connection count as a color song?Report

  10. This is another very colorful one Report

  11. bookdragon says:

    Of course for real classics there’s always “We All Live in a yellow Submarine”Report

    • PD Shaw in reply to PD Shaw says:

      Mainly picked this version for the quality of visuals, but there are two bonuses: (1) Hendrix sings “scuse me while I kiss this guy,” gesturing at Noel Redding (0:54), and (2) the audience appears to be the Young Republicans for Nixon (3:03)Report

  12. Slade the Leveller says:

    A beautiful song, both lyrically and musically, in 3/4 time, done by my favorite group.

  13. Fish says:

    “Black” by Pearl Jam. The song that convinced me that maybe–just maybe–this grunge stuff wasn’t so bad after all:

  14. Michael Cain says:

    Had to choose between Linda or Billie Holiday. Went with Linda because that’s the one I remember from when my wife and I were taking ballroom lessons.

  15. Em Carpenter says:

    Sorry. Can’t figure out how to find the right link.

    Pearl Jam, Yellow Ledbetter Report

  16. Brandon Berg says:

    Another Japanese one because it’s my comparative advantage: Eris in Blue Eyes, by Anzen Chitai (Safe Zone), a band that had a string of hits in the 80s and a lead singer (Tamaki Kouji) who has a voice that manages to sound simultaneously strained and smooth as silk.

  17. Brandon Berg says:

    Screwed up the link again, with the wrong video, and I can’t edit because it’s in moderation or something: