An Overthinking Song Challenge: THE BIG FINALE!

Yep, this is the post for the 28th of February, plus the bonuses…

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OK, lets deal with the 28th’s prompt first: a song you discovered through a book. OK, I admit I just Googled ‘songs in Eleanor and Park’. But I think my pick for today is going to be ‘Asleep’ by The Smiths. I’m listening to it now, and although I don’t know the song as such, it popped into my head because I remember it being mentioned in The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I won’t say I think it’s going to become a favourite – right now it’s making me feel like I’m about to cry – but it feels really soothing and calming. I can definitely see why it’s called Asleep (aside from the lyrics, of course!).

Right, now onto the bonuses. These were added in because I screwed up the original picture but still liked the prompts, so if anyone does this not for February then feel free to use them as the 29th and 30th prompts!

1. – A song which has lyrics that mean something to you. My thoughts for this are very similar to those as for the 27th’s prompt, a song you like the lyrics to – my picks then were King by Lauren Aquilina and Flaws by Bastille. I think King means a lot, because it’s about making the best of what you’ve got – I try to keep the lyrics in mind, especially ‘glass half empty/glass half full/well either way you won’t be going thirsty/count your blessings not your flaws’. I actually have ‘Count your blessings not your flaws’ as a wristband, I love it! Overall, I just think the song has a really important message that people should try to listen to and remember. I also like Flaws for similar reasons – it’s about accepting your flaws and making the most of who you are.

2. – A song which would be the theme tune to your life. Um, although I hate to be repetitive, I would say the same as above – at least, that’s what I try to live my life by. However, for the title, I think ‘Chocolate’ by The 1975 wouldn’t be a bad pick! Also, any song about procrastination and being late…There’s also ‘Tuning Out’ by Bastille, which is less of a song as such and that I don’t actually like that much, but I do think that tuning out in the sense of negative things people say and society’s expectations is important. ‘Figure It Out’ by Royal Blood could also be another contender…although a) the song is about love and b) it isn’t one of my favourites, I guess I am just a teenager with a lot of thoughts trying to figure stuff out. Unfortunately, I don’t always succeed…

For the final time, what would your thoughts for these prompts be? And if you really love this challenge and want to hear more about it (in which case, virtual high five and thanks for being awesome!), then Elly over at A Hufflepuff’s Thoughts is doing the challenge this month, so go check her answers out. And of course, feel free to do the challenge yourself! 🙂

Thanks for reading, whether it’s just this post or you’ve followed the whole challenge…I hope you’ve enjoyed it, hopefully I can do it again next year! (Gosh, this feels like the end of an era, I’m getting emotional…)

*mentally sobbing as she waves goodbye to desperately trying to come up with songs for prompts*

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 26th and 27th

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Day 26: A Song You Liked When You Were Younger

Er, I have no clue. I was obsessed with Dynamite by Taio Cruz for a short while, which I’ve already mentioned, but for a long time my music taste revolved entirely around my parents’ iPods…Status Quo, Abba, a bit of Neil Diamond and Queen here and there…

Day 27: A Song That You Like The Lyrics To

This would have to be either Lauren Aquilina’s ‘King’ or Bastille’s ‘Flaws’. They’re both about accepting who you are…Flaws puts the emphasis on loving your flaws for making you human, and King is all about making the best of what you have. They’re both really motivational, and I try to apply some of the messages in them to my daily life.

What would your picks be?

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 24th & 25th

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OK, so the prompt for the 24th first…a song a friend introduced you to. I have one friend who always gives me great music recommendations…occasionally I don’t like them, but most of the time I love them! She introduced me to Blank Space before it was big, and we fangirl over Kygo’s awesomeness at remixes together. I think my official pick would have to be ‘Teach Me’ or ‘One Day’ by Bakermat though…I heard his song the latter on the radio ages ago, where it stuck out to me because it sampled Martin Luther King’s ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, then she reminded me of it. I wouldn’t say it’s my favourite song, but I’m definitely glad she pointed me in its direction! The video for Teach Me is really feelgood too.

 

Today’s prompt is ‘A Cover Song That’s Better Than The Original’. There are so many possibilities for this one…I absolutely love Rudimental’s BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge mashup of Monster by Eminem feat. Rihanna and One Direction’s Story Of My Life (should not work, but it 100% does), but I’ve recently heard Sam Smith’s cover of Bruno Mars ‘When I Was Your Man‘, and it is beautiful. Criminally so. Ed Sheeran’s brand-new cover of Christina Aguilera’s ‘Dirrty‘ is pretty good too, though I can’t say I’m familiar with the original…I think I’m a bit too young. Likewise, I’m not familiar with Macy Gray’s ‘I Try‘, but George Ezra’s cover is so brilliant I looked up the original. I also love Meghan Trainor’s slowed-down ukulele-accompanied ‘Shake It Off‘ for SiriusXM, although I don’t think it quite tops the original. However, just for the purpose of picking a specific song, I’m gonna go for Hozier’s cover of Ariana Grande’s ‘Problem’. Seriously, it’s magical.

If you want to hear more covers, I recommend you either check out my Tracklisting Tuesday post on my favourite covers, or look at SiriusXM and BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge on YouTube.

What are your favourite covers, and what do you think of my picks?

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 22nd & 23rd

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Right, yesterday’s prompt first: A Song You Haven’t Listened To In Ages. Well, I have tons of choices, including most of the Bastille Bad Blood album, but I’m going to highlight ‘Talk To Me’ by Lauren Aquilina. I absolutely love the lyrics in this song, specifically “There’s a universe inside your head, constellations of the things you left unsaid”, but I haven’t listened to it for yonks…maybe because it always makes me feel a little bit sad? Anyway, just going to press play on that now…

Today’s prompt is ‘a song you stumbled across accidently’, or words to that effect. My picks for this are ‘Panic Breeds Panic’ by To Kill A King featuring Holly Walker, and ‘So I Go So You Go’, also by TKAK and Holly Walker. I discovered these after finding ‘Choices’, another favourite, by To Kill A King & Friends on YouTube, and downloading the free EP of ‘Ralph’s Balcony – The Collection’, originally released on pay-what-you-like in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital. Once they reached their target, the EP was released for free. Both my choices (ooh, see what I did there?) were on that EP, stood out to me and the rest is history…however, I haven’t listened to them for ages, so it’s quite nice to rediscover them like this. If you want to hear more To Kill A King, I also highly recommend ‘Cannibals With Cutlery’ and ‘Bloody Shirt’, the latter of which Lux Lisbon also did a freely-available and brilliant cover of.

 

What would your choices be? (Ha, ‘Choices’, geddit? Excuse me whilst I continue to make awful puns…)

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 21st

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Today’s prompt is for a song you want to dance to at your wedding, and I’ve picked Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran. It’s just so beautiful and romantic and for some reason makes me think of stars…anyway, it’s really romantic and sweet and I think the perfect song for a wedding.

Source: reddit.com, via Giphy

What would your pick be?

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 20th

Wow, only 8 days of this challenge left! Time flies…

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Today’s prompt is a song you can relate to, and I’ve picked ‘Flaws’ by Bastille. The lyrics are all about accepting yourself and realising you can’t be perfect, which is something I’m continually trying to do. Plus, y’know, Bastille ;).

What would your pick be for today’s prompt?

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Ooh! My first ever signature! Thoughts?

An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 19th

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Today’s prompt is a song that makes me angry, and I know exactly what I was thinking of when I picked this as a prompt – Pitbull’s ‘Fireball’, featuring John Ryan. What annoys me so much about it is that, as I’ve said before, it’s seriously catchy. However, it sets feminism back a long way, in my opinion. The lyrics sexualise women – for example:

Now baby get your booty naked, take off all your clothes

I’ve heard worse, but it just isn’t necessary for a song to involve what is essentially a man telling a woman to strip. No thank you. It’s not even like the woman is offering to strip! Yes, on the one hand you could say I’m overreacting, but think about it – loads of Pitbull’s songs convey similar messages. It’s not even remotely tasteful, and just makes it awkward to sing along to. The rest of the lyrics aren’t great either, just hugely repetitive. I guess what really annoys me is that it’s really catchy and sing-along-able, but completely shallow. Come on Pitbull, write a song about something meaningful for once, which preferably doesn’t involve large quantities of innuendo!

Right, rant over. What’s your opinion? Stick a comment down below!

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 18th

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Today I get to pick a song by my favourite band! As many of you know, I think Bastille would qualify as my favourite band…I was trying to think of another favourite band. There’s the Saturdays, who I’ve recently rediscovered, but I think that’s about it…I also like Little Mix, but I think Bastille are still coming out on top. All that said, I do think I’m going to have to do a girl band edition of Tracklisting Tuesday when I’ve finished this challenge and am back on a more regular posting schedule!

Anyway, back to the actual point of this post. I’ve picked out two songs for you (I’m actually really bad at only choosing one), one of which was on their debut album, Bad Blood, and one of which is currently unreleased. The former, Get Home, (which was by the way totally not the song I was going to choose), is melancholy, desperate and stripped back. It’s good for making yourself slow down a bit and take more time to think about the world around you. The latter, Blame, is only available on YouTube as live recordings, but sounds amazing. It’s much more electronic-and-heavy-bass orientated, but seriously catchy. I had the lyrics stuck in my head once, and spent ages trying to remember the name of the song!

Which song(s) by your favourite band would you pick?

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An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 17th

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I’ve previously done a whole post on yesterday’s theme of acoustic versions, but after re-reading that post for inspiration, I’ve decided to switch it up with a (I think) un-blogged-about pair of acoustics. The first is this acoustic of Hold Back The River by James Bay. I like the song as it is, and though I don’t think the acoustic is stunningly different to the original, it really is vocally flawless and proves he really can sing, as well as having a real sense of emotion when you hit the chorus. Plus, I haven’t mentioned James Bay in a post before! The second acoustic version I’ve chosen is this performance of ‘Home’ by Ella Eyre, which I think I may have mentioned somewhere before. I don’t think there’s actually an official studio version of this on YouTube, but I saw here sing this live and it was absolutely beautiful. She wrote it when she was away at boarding school, and it’s all about being away from home and just dropping the pretence that you’re OK.

Let me know your favourite acoustics in the comments!

An Overthinking Teenager

An Overthinking Song Challenge: February 16th

Wow, this challenge has gone seriously quickly so far! Just a few quick notes before we get on to today’s prompt:

I haven’t done a weekly wrap-up for this week – I may do one tomorrow, but it’s unlikely as I only posted for this challenge and am now busy also doing the Poetry 201 course!

As I previously mentioned, I’m participating in Poetry 2o1, so be prepared to see lots of different poems over the coming couple of weeks! I’ll try and add in a couple of other posts to switch it up a little, but be prepared for lots of song choices and poems!

Anyway, on with the main business for today…

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Hmm, a song from a movie soundtrack. I really like Etta James ‘A Sunday Kind of Love’,which I believe appears in The Other Woman (fave film!), although I don’t think there’s an official soundtrack for that. I also really like the TFiOS soundtrack, especially Birdy’s ‘Tee Shirt’ and ‘All Of The Stars’ by Ed Sheeran, as well as obviously ‘Boom Clap’ by Charli XCX (though I think the others deserve the same amount of attention Boom Clap got). Oh, and obviously ‘Let It Go’ and ‘Do You Want To Build A Snowman?’ from the Frozen soundtrack!

How about you?

An Overthinking Teenager