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Day 18: A song from the year that you were born

Meh! Michael Jackson does not have a song from the year that I was born so this question is invalid. 

The Potentials

Human – The Human League

Broken Wings – Mr. Mister

West End Girls – Pet Shop Boys

When I Think of You – Janet Jackson

The Runners Up

Rock Me Amadeus – Falco

New Dress – Depeche Mode

Alive and Kicking by Simple Minds

Take My Breath Away – Berlin 💙

The Winner

The 80’s was my playground and what’s the 80’s without this underrated song ‘Here Is the House’ by Depeche Mode? Written by Martin Gore and sang by Dave Gahan, the song evokes a sense of longing. The narrator just wants to spend a night in with the person he loves. He wants to shut out the world and enjoy a moment, no interruptions. And then again, it conveys a sense of loss. The narrator lost everything and the house painfully reminds him of those memories he had with the person he loved. 

Either way, the song was amazing to my ear and the ticking clock at the beginning and end of the song was an effective touch. 

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And I feel your warmth
And it feels like home
And there’s someone
Calling on the telephone
Let’s stay home
It’s cold outside
And I have so much
To confide to you

With or without words
I’ll confide everything

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Day 17: A song that you would sing a duet with on karaoke

The Runner-Up

I Just Can’t Stop Loving You – Michael Jackson

The Winner

When I was younger, my favorite duet was ‘Say Say Say’ by Paul McCartney and MJ. Never cared for Paul and still don’t, but Mike loan his beautiful vocals to this track and I loved it.

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Say, say, say what you want
But don’t play games with my affection
Take, take, take what you need
But don’t leave me with no direction

All alone, I sit home by the phone
Waiting for you, baby
Through the years
How can you stand to hear
My pleading for you dear?
You know I’m crying ooh ooh ooh ooh

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Day 16: One of your favorite classical songs

By classical, I assume the likes of Ludwig van Beethoven, Frédéric Chopin, Carl Orff, Claude Debussy and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, yes? I have to go with the epic ‘O Fortuna’. I don’t care for it anymore, but back then, it was my jam because I thought I wanted to learn Latin. 🤣

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Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

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Day 15: A song that is a cover by another artist

I don’t like cover songs. However, I loved Michael Jackson’s cover of Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine’. The song was covered in 1971 for his debut album Got to Be There which was released in 1972. I think Michael was about 13 or so when he covered the song and WHOA! The soul and the power in that incredible voice! 

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jWonder this time where she’s gone
Wonder if she’s gone to stay
Ain’t no sunshine when she’s gone
And this house just ain’t no home
Anytime she goes away 

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Day 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

There is only one song and it’s my favorite song of all time: ‘Save the Last Dance for Me’ by The Drifters. Ben E. King’s smooth vocals did justice to the lyrics! I love the story behind the song as well for it came from a personal experience. Doc Pomus found a wedding invitation in a hatbox and it reminded him of his wedding in which he sat in his wheelchair and watch his brother dance with his (Promus) new wife. Promus had polio.

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After that memory assaulted him (three years later after his marriage), he stayed up all night writing the words to this song on the back of the invitation. When the song was being recorded, Ben E. King was told that the song was inspired by Pomus watching his lovely bride dance with another man and King’s emotional vocal was history. This song was the band’s only #1 hit.

They don’t make music like this anymore. 

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Laugh and sing
But while we’re apart
Don’t give your heart
To anyone

But don’t forget who’s taking you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’
Save the last dance for me

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Day 13: One of your favorite 80’s songs

I was a huge fan of 80s music growing up, but the 80’s belonged to Michael Jackson and because someone is currently blasting the song a few houses away, it made it easier for me to choose this song: Liberian Girl. 

This song was too beautiful to be true! I loved the spoken Swahili at the very beginning and the South American jungle tropical-like theme scored! Michael dedicated this song to close friend Elizabeth Taylor, but it was not about her. Rather, it was about Diana Ross. I recall that the song was written in 1983 for The Jacksons’ Victory album, but it didn’t make the cut. MJ reworked it for the BAD album. Also, also, there was that story that MJ and Diana Ross went on a vacation to Liberia, Costa Rica in 1983, hence the inspiration behind the song.

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*shrugging* I guess MJ thought unrequited love tasted bad and when Ross got married again, he decided to spite her and dedicate it to the other older woman in his life who was gradually replacing Diana who thought of him more like a son.

Gotta love a good speculation!

Although the song is not really about an actually Liberian girl, it didn’t stop Liberia women from gushing over the song calling it empowering. 

Naku penda pia
Naku taka pia
Mpenziwe 

Liberian girl
You came and you changed my world
A love so brand new
Liberian girl
You came and you changed me girl
A feeling so true

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Day 12: A song from your preteen years

The soundtrack to Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters

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Only kidding! Well, back then, I loved the Backstreet Boys, discovered Depeche Mode, enjoyed 80’s music, but I’ll have to go with ‘Chaiyya Chaiyya’ from the movie Dil Se which I have not seen up to this day. Wait, was I even a preteen when this came out? Ah, well, this was one of the songs that took the globe by storm and regardless of language and regardless of the movie bombing at the Box Office, everyone knew the lyrics to this song regardless of language. 

The song was composed by A.R. Rahman, written by Gulzar, and sung by Sukhwinder Singh and Sapna Awasthi. Farah Khan was the woman behind the brilliant choreography that saw Shah Rukh Khan and Malaika Arora Khan dance on top of a moving train. Well, SRK, because according to him all the dancers were tied to the moving train except him. The choreography was stunning and as the train rolled through Tamil Nadu (southern India), one can only marvel at such beauty. 

Jinke sar ho ishq ki chaaon
Paaon ke neeche jaanat hogi
Jinke sar ho ishq ki chaaon

Chal chaiyya chaiyya chaiyya chaiyya
Chal chaiyya chaiyya chaiyya chaiyya

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Day 11: A song that you never get tired of

“I Need Thee Every Hour” by Fernando Ortega. I’ll never stop needing God every second, every minute, every hour! He’s the reason why I get up on mornings, the reason why I’m alive, the reason why I make it through the day when all I want to do sometimes is just collapse and sleep for years. He is my strength, my hope, my heart. And this beautiful song reminds me of so many reasons why I love and need my Lord and Savior.

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I need Thee every hour
Stay Thou near by;
Temptations lose their power
When Thou art nigh
I need Thee, O I need Thee;
Every hour I need Thee!
O bless me now, my Savior
I come to Thee

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Day 10: A song that makes you sad

The Potentials

Bittersweet Symphony by The Verve

Dance With My Father by Luther Vandross

Ben by Michael Jackson

The Captain of Her Heart by Double

Stole by Kelly Rowland

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The Runner-Up

Everybody Hurts by R.E.M.

She’s Out Of My Life by Michael Jackson 

The Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics

The Sad Winner

I can tolerate all of those songs I previously mentioned, but don’t ever play this song around me: ‘Gone Too Soon’ by Michael Jackson. The song was written by Larry Grossman and Buz Kohan and dedicated to AIDS victim Ryan White after he was expelled from school because of his infection. Michael could capture emotion well and take you on a journey. 

Such a bittersweet song. *sighs*

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Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night

Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon
Gone too soon

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Day 9: A song that makes you happy

Haha! Well, at the moment, the FC Barcelona anthem. It’s the only thing I know in Catalan and that makes me happy. 😄

…and the MI theme song! I’m trying to finish some action scenes for a current story, so I have this song on for inspiration. I mean… 

When you’re in incognito mode!

When you’re attempting to steal out of a building without anyone seeing you!

When you’re about to solve a mystery!

What other song am I going to play? It’s also back to being my ringtone temporarily.