The New Year- Death Cab for Cutie
"So this is the new year,
well I don’t feel any different”
Hard to start the whole thing off on a rule-breaker, but it’s my blog, so suck it. There are plenty of songs out there that reference January first/1st (google it), but this is my New Year song. We’ll get back on track tomorrow.
Some songs remind you of a specific time and place. Like how I can’t hear that Far East Movement song without having a stress flashback to my maid of honor dance at my best friend’s wedding or how “Konstantine” reminds me of the spiky-haired Wiccan boy at camp who was at least three times cooler than everyone else because he was from LA and introduced us all to punk-pop and Drive-Thru records. He ended up making out with a vaguely goth girl on my hall, so the heartbreak of that song still always feels a little too true.
Other songs and artists just remind you of a time or a feeling. Death Cab is high school. Bonfires and football games and boys with shaggy hair and acoustic guitars. Getting our driver’s licenses and being 99% sure that “Passenger Seat” was written for us. Sing-alongs and the special invincibility that comes before everyone goes to college and realizes that we weren’t as special as we thought.
But there’s always Death Cab. We always come back to this song on New Years, because it reminds us of sneaking champagne and playing beer pong in basements. We’ll wish the world was flat like the old days, put on our best dresses or suits, and maybe someday we won’t have to make believe that we’re wealthy. That’s the promise of “The New Year.”
And just in case any of you are mad at me for cheating, here’s an actual January first reference (I’ll still take Death Cab any day):
Flo Rida- Good Feeling
"I’ll be the President one day; January first
Hope you like that gossip”
I have loved making mix CDs since the days of Kazaa and Roxio, but I’ve always been a little extra compulsive in my mix making. There has to be some sort of focus, a specific theme— throwing tracks on a playlist just isn’t as fun or creative. I even have a project in the works where I create a mix for every day. Mixes are labeled by the date and song title of the 13th track (this project is at least five years in the works and I maybe have a third of the dates filled out). It’s become a fun way to track my music preferences, for example on “10.28.09 Shooting the Moon” I can get a glimpse into what I was listening to during my senior semester in LA. “04.20.10 St. Modesto” tells you what was playing in my Jeep on the backroads of Ithaca a month before graduation.
Like I said, compulsive.
It was this slightly compulsive mix-making habit of mine that led me to this project. After mixes with “color” songs in rainbow order, mixes with songs featuring girls names (and then boys, slightly more difficult), mixes with songs about California, I was looking for a slightly more intense challenge. This led me to a thought. There are lots of songs that references specific dates (month and year), could there possibly be one for each day of the year?
The goal is to find a song that references month and day in the lyrics. Song title is fine as a last resort, but that feels like a bit of a cop-out to me, I want to HEAR the date. People are skeptical. Hell, I’m skeptical. But I have all of January pre-planned (hence the slight delay in posting) and we’re gonna go from there. This is a writing exercise, something to keep me blogging everyday, but it’s also a musical journey. Some of these are songs I’ve loved for years, some of them are some I had never heard until I started the project. Some of them are songs I might never listen to again. It’s not really meaningful or important. But it’s something.
So let’s get it started.