Day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 23: A song that you want to play at your wedding

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris

The first thing to point out is that I’m already married. Jane and I got married on Sunday 25 July 1999, nearly 12 years ago.

The second thing to point out is that we played this song at our wedding reception: Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls. And when I say “we played this song” I mean we played this song.

I played guitar, Jane sang, my mate Jonny played keyboards, my brother Eddie was on bass guitar and his friends Iain and Brian played guitar and drums respectively. We had such good fun!

I’d always wanted to play in a band at my own wedding reception, so that’s exactly what we did! Our set list included Nothing Else Matters by Metallica, Iris by Goo Goo Dolls, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison, Angels by Robbie Williams and La Bamba (in Spanish and English, with actions) made popular by Ritchie Valens.

Day 22: A song that you listen to when you’re sad #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 22: a song that you listen to when you’re sad

Fish—A Gentleman’s Excuse Me

I love this song by Fish. It is beautiful, romantic, nostalgic and regretful.

There’s one line from this song that comes back to me again and again, when things are too hard and I just want out: “Can you get it inside your head, I’m tired of dancing?”

I listen to this piece of music when I’m down, and at the end of it I can always sigh, know that I’m not on my own and just get on with things.

(My final catch-up post of the weekend, posted on 23 May, after a crazily-busy weekend… excuses, excuses! Consider this a gentleman’s excuse me!)

Day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 21: A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Stone Sour—30/30-150

That’s the thing with metal: I can listen to it when I’m happy, I can listen to it when I’m down. It’s just always there…

This song by Stone Sour—Corey Taylor from Slipknot‘s other band—is the opening track from their second album Come What(ever) May. It ROCKS!

To me it’s about surving no matter what, in spite of what others around you say will happen to you.

It’s just a great song. How can it not bring a smile to your face?

(Still playing catch-up after a crazily busy weekend; this was actually posted on 23 May!)

Day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry #30dsc

30 day song challenge day 20: A song that you listen to when you’re angry

Obituary—Redneck Stomp (Live)

When I’m angry I will mostly listen to heavy music. I let the music wash over me and it helps me to let go of the anger. It takes me out of myself.

There are some thrash and death metal songs that I find almost soothing, and when I’m really p*ssed off: the heavier the better: Slayer, Godflesh, Soulfly, Cavalera Conspiracy, Sepultura and Obituary, to name a few.

This is taken from Obituary‘s 2005 album Frozen in Time.

(As you can see, I’m playing catch-up with blog posts over the weekend!)