30 Day Song Challenge, number 14: A song that no one would expect you to love

Someone’s gotta do it; I guess this time it’s me.

In my case, NOBODY would ever guess that I love The Ace, by the Red Clay Ramblers.

I don’t think anyone is all that surprised by my music choices, but this song by Vangelis might be considered kind of unusual for me. I LOVE this one although I do like pretty much everything by Vangelis.

Conquest of Paradise

I’m not a big fan of pop ballads … more like a hater really … but We Are Young is a fun song. (Pun unavoidable.)

Famous Blue Raincoat - Jennifer Warnes

sort of a guilty pleasure feel, here…

“Alone Again, Naturally”

Impossible. Anyone who knows me wouldn’t be surprised by anything I like. I tried, but there’s nothing. I thought about posting, “Uncle Fucker” from the South Park movie, but that would not surprise them either.

Instead I will post my latest favorite. Since it’s new to me, perhaps it might surprise them.

Postmodern Jukebox - Royals

Hard one for me because I think nobody really knows what I do or don’t like.

Since most know I’m not too fond of country music, I’ll pick Deeper Well


As a former fundamentalist, this song used to scare the hell (heh) out of me. But as I joined the liberal Christianity side of things, I’ve come to embrace AC/DC’s dark side. For your screaming pleasure, the awesome bells of Highway to Hell:


I’m embarrassed, but I liked Ace of Base.

Consequently, I like I Saw The Sign.

Louis Armstrong - Tiger Rag from 1930. Some people are surprised that I have CDs of 1920s-'30s jazz and blues, or maybe that anyone would.

"Fantasy" - Mariah Carey

And it honestly should not be that big a surprise to anyone given it’s a virtual cover of Tom Tom Club’s “Genius Of Love” (and IMO, a surprisingly well done cover/homage at that).

“All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor

On this messageboard, probably not much - I discuss music a lot and try to make clear that I am open to good music in all genres.

My kids get mad/ give me that krinkled-nose look when they come down on a Sunday morning and instead of a fave like the Ramones, or Vampire Weekend, or even Thelonius Monk, I have minimalist classical (e.g. Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich), or the Tallis Scholars singing Gregorian Chants, or cool old harpsichord music on.

“Daaaad?! What is this?!”


I have a lot of musical ‘personalities’ - classical musician, blues band bassist, etc. - but only a few people are aware that I am also a Madrigal singer.

One of my favorite works is Monteverdi’s “Altri canti d’amor, tenero arciero”

Anyone who knows my hatred of rap and hiphop would laugh if they knew I have Flo Rida’s My House on my Ipod AND I usually repeat it a couple of times when it comes on.

I had a hard time with this one. It was difficult to see myself as others do, and know what might be unusual to like. I asked my little brother to suggest something, and his response was “I have known you since I have existed, and I have learned to expect just about anything.”

But, after a bit of back and forth, we boiled it down to two songs. He was surprised that I loved, and forced him to listen to Downtown by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis . Good god, it uses every modern trick besides auto-tune, but it does it all so well, at the right time while mixing it with new ideas, Damn, that thing is perfect. The other one that makes him wonder if I might have been switched by aliens is My Old School by Steely Dan. The latter is the same thing, but from 1973. Working at Kroger was the catalyst for me to listen to enough Steely Dan to know what they did that worked for me, and didn’t. The musical gulag of working in retail served me well there, I think.

Oddly enough, that conversation revealed this as my brother’s song that I would not expect him to like, or even know about.