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Musical Lexicon – “Daydream Believer”

5 Jun

Rules!

1) You can’t use the same song more than once, for any topic.

2) Within topics, you can’t use the same artist more than once.

3) The selected word has to be in the lyrics, but not necessarily in the title. If it’s in the title but not the lyrics, it doesn’t count.

4) You can look through your own music collection for help, but NO GOOGLE.
4.1) No Yahoo!, no Bing, no Lycos, no Ask.com, no GoodSearch, etc.

5) Variations or specific examples are acceptable (unless otherwise stated), but not preferred. (e.g. “Pistol” or “Guns” work if the word on the list is “Gun”)

And today’s topic is…. “What I Want to Be When I Grow Up!” I asked around what people use to want top be when they grew up and added a couple of my own previous dreams. Note the two special additions to the list which I’ve explained after the list.

Also, I feel like now is a good time to fill you guys in on some behind the scenes information on how I make these lists. First, I come up with about 10 things for the category that I think I’ll be able to find. Then I go out looking. Now if I can think of a good example that wasn’t on my list, I’ll only add it if I can think of at least two songs that contain it. For example, “Surgeon” was not on my original list and neither was “Father,” but I met the requirements so they got the add-on.

Good Luck!

Topic – What I Want to Be When I Grow Up

Astronaut

Cowboy

Police

Professional Athlete*

Doctor

Rock Star

Father/Dad

Pilot

Lawyer

President

Engineer

Surgeon

Priest**

* – For pro athlete, I’m looking for any specific example, like “baseball player” or “track star” or “pro linebacker,” etc.

** – I’m catholic, so I said priest in the list. I’ll also accept rabbi, reverend, chaplain, imam, shaman, etc. You get the idea.

Musical Lexicon – “The War was in Color” – My Answers

4 Jun

Topic – Battlefield

Battle

Sunday Bloody Sunday – U2

“And the battle‘s just begun. There’s many lost but tell me who has won?”

Soldier

All These Things That I’ve Done – The Killers

“I’ve got soul, but I’m not a soldier.”

Sniper

Drunken Lullabies – Flogging Molly

“And the bullet with this sniper lie in their bloody gutless cell”

Tank

Zombie – The Cranberries

“With their tanks and their bombs and their bombs and their guns.”

Fighter [Jet]

What About Everything – Carbon Leaf

“Old muffler rumbles like an old fighter plane

Bomb

Sons & Daughters – The Decemberists

“Here all the bombs fade away…”

Rocket

Don’t Stop Me Now – Queen

“I’m a rocket ship on my way to Mars”

Bullet

Love and War (11/11/46) – Rilo Kiley

“As we shift each other’s bodies to accept the bullet.”

Battleship

The Bad Touch – The Bloodhound Gang

“So if I capsize in your thighs, high tide, B-5, you sunk my battleship.”

[Land]Mine

One – Metallica

Landmine has taken my sight…”

Explosion

Train Underwater – Bright Eyes

“While the world waits for an explosion, that instance of life that wipes the slate clean”

 

Matt, you actually did not steal my answer for landmine, though Abby did steal my battleship. This topic originally included the five branches of the military, but I decided to take them off since each one could be filled with their respective anthems. The next topic will be up tomorrow. To give you a hint to think of stuff early, all I can say is dream big!

Musical Lexicon – “The War Was in Color”

30 May

First off, let me start by pointing out the obvious- that today is Memorial Day. Anyone who knows me can tell you that I have nothing but the utmost respect for the men and women who have or currently are serving in the Armed Forces. As a nation, we owe them all a tremendous debt, and is it with complete sincerity and humility that I offer my most wholehearted thanks to everyone in uniform. God Bless America, and God bless our troops.

On to more administrative notes, to go along with the fancy new makeover the blog has gotten, I’ll be trying my hardest to keep to a schedule with my posts, as opposed to my random mish-moshed hodgepodge. New categories will go up on Sundays, with answers being posted within the week, most likely on the following Saturday (unless I get a large response right away, it might be sooner). And now without further gilding the lily, and with no more ado, here are the rules, followed by the topic, which appropriately enough is dedicated to the military…

 

1) You can’t use the same song more than once, for any topic.

2) Within topics, you can’t use the same artist more than once.

3) The selected word has to be in the lyrics, but not necessarily in the title. If it’s in the title but not the lyrics, it doesn’t count.

4) You can look through your own music collection for help, but NO GOOGLE.
4.1) No Yahoo!, no Bing, no Lycos, no Ask.com, no GoodSearch, etc.

5) Variations or specific examples are acceptable (unless otherwise stated), but not preferred. (e.g. “Pistol” or “Guns” work if the word on the list is “Gun”)

Topic – Battlefield
    Battle
    Soldier
    Sniper
    Tank
    Fighter[Jet]
    Bomb
    Rocket
    Bullet
    Battleship
    [Land]Mine
    Explosion

*Words in brackets are not a mandatory part of the search, but are only there to clarify what I’m looking for. For instance, don’t use a song that has “mine” meaning “belonging to me”

Also, side bonus, the title for this topic is from a song by Carbon Leaf. I suggest Googling it and giving it a listen for today.

 

Musical Lexicon – “Album of the Year” – My Answers

27 May

Yikes, my bad. Between graduation, job searching and birthday planning, I’ve completely forgotten the blag. Hopefully you all used the extra time to come up with a nice good list. Here’s mine…

Topic – Months

January

St. Patrick’s Day – John Mayer

” Come January we’re frozen inside, making new resolutions a hundred times.”

February

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

“Every February, you’ll be my Valentine”

March

A Plain Morning – Dashboard Confessional

“It’s colder than it ought to be in March

April

That’s Life – Frank Sinatra

“You’re ridin’ high in April…”

May

Girls – The Beastie Boys

“That was to years ago this May.”

June

Army – Ben Folds Five

“Citing artistic differences, the band broke up in May, and in June reformed without me…”

July

4th of July – Azure Ray

“I remember the 4th of July so well…”

August

August – Rilo Kiley

August. August of last year, before the leaves disappeared”

September

September Grass – James Taylor

“Won’t you lie down with me in the September grass?”

October

October Leaves – The Good Life

“As the groundskeeper rakes up the October leaves, it occurs to me, these trees can’t hide anything…”

November

Winter – Joshua Radin

“I remember the sounds of your November downtown”

December

I Remember – Damien Rice

“I remember… I remember December

Seems to me like months and remembering things kinda go hand in hand, lyrically anyway. I’ll have the next topic up ASAP. I’ve gotten some comments that some of these topics have been a bit too difficult, so I may try to make things a little easier. We’ll see.

Musical Lexicon – “Album of the Year”

13 May

Today I went to my last ever class as a college undergrad; Another year gone by. That makes for a rather weak and flimsy introduction to this topic, the months of the year. First, as always, here’s a recap of the rules…

1) You can’t use the same song more than once, for any topic.

2) Within topics, you can’t use the same artist more than once.

3) The selected word has to be in the lyrics, but not necessarily in the title. If it’s in the title but not the lyrics, it doesn’t count.

4) You can look through your own music collection for help, but NO GOOGLE.
4.1) No Yahoo!, no Bing, no Lycos, no Ask.com, no GoodSearch, etc.

5) Variations or specific examples are acceptable (unless otherwise stated), but not preferred. (e.g. “Pistol” or “Guns” work if the word on the list is “Gun”)

Topic – Months

January

February

March

April

May

June

July

August

September

October

November

December

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