My friend is participating in a challenge on Facebook regarding posts about songs, and it looked like fun, so here I go!
Day 1: Your favorite song
Oh, no, I’m going to fail this challenge before I even really start. I don’t think I can pick one song. I love so very many songs, and I have strong sentimental attachments to a lot of songs.
According to my iTunes, my top five most played songs are as follows:
“Walking In Memphis,” as sung by Cher. It’s also my default ringtone on my cellphone. I love this song. I love Cher; I love how this song sounds; I love singing along to this song (incidentally, my a cappella group sang this back in ’09).
“As Cool As I Am” — Dar Williams! I’m a Mawrtyr, through and through — how could I not love this song? It makes me think of Bryn Mawr and May Day. Plus, Dar is wonderful, and she’s so warm and endearing in concert.
Ann Reed’s “Heroes” has had a very special place in my heart since the 2009 Minnesota Trans Health and Wellness Conference, as I’ve previously mentioned. Although it’s really more explicitly feminist, it’s always felt very relevant to me regarding being trans.
“Daughter” by Pearl Jam. This is definitely another song that is somehow trans-related in my head (even though that’s really not what Pearl Jam intended). But seriously, “Don’t call me daughter, not fit to / The picture kept will remind me”? It speaks to me, anyway.
Paul Simon’s “You Can Call Me Al” — This song will forever be tied in my heart and head to being in theatre, my high school theatre director, and a few theatre friends in particular. Before a show for one spring musical, my director led a dance warm-up to “You Can Call Me Al,” and it created an amazing tradition. When we were dancing to this song, there was nowhere else in the world I would rather be.
The next five songs? Elton John’s “Tiny Dancer,” “Galileo” by the Indigo Girls, “Dracostea Din Tei” by O-Zone (my 2004 I-Day song), “Not Ready To Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks (it’s so much fun to sing, and I like the defiance), and Ani DiFranco’s “What If No One’s Watching.” Make what you will of them.
So there you have it: my favorite song is probably one of the previous ten. What are your favorite songs?