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22 Day Song Challenge – Day 15: A Song That You Listen To When You’re Happy

If you need to catch up on what it is we’re doing here check out the post from Day 1 and meet our panel of rad here. Or click on their names below to see their band page or stalk them on social media. They like that.

Feel free to answer each prompt for yourself in the comments below. We love to hear about as many genres and bands as we can all around town. The only rule is you must use San Diego musicians/bands. To make it extra challenging try not to repeat a band as the days go by. If you want a look at the full list drop me a line. And you can view previous days and compare your answers here.

P.S. Lots of our picks are up for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards so don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

Here we go:

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Day 15 – A Song That You Listen To When You’re Happy

Jen VT: “Ballad of an Onion Sprout” by The Burning of Rome* – If I’m in a peppy mood I need a peppy song and this one keeps a smile on my face. The hand clapping and bell ringing also gets me chair-dancing at work- an art form I’m trying to perfect.

Natalie Watson Webber“On Me” by The Nformals* – Yup, rule breaking has begun and on back-to-back days no less.  It isn’t that I don’t have a strong 2nd contender for this stop there’s plenty I assure you,-but “Self-Titled” by The nformals is simply loaded with amazing catchy, danceable, jump around-able songs I simply can’t do without.  “On Me” epitomizes the entire record’s vibe for me to a T.  When I’m happy I wanna jump around, scream and shout this is the song that does just that for me.  From the onset the song is playful in nature,-I totally dig that.  The “call and answer” style chorus between Guitarist and Vocalist, Joshua Kmak and Drummer, Cameron Sisti, and newest member/bassist, Tom Lord,  makes this song instantly accessible to any listener (or would-be Insta-Fan just add “On Me”).  The first two verses carry along in full-on rockn’roll swaggerin’ satisfaction.  Then just when you think you’re ears can’t get happier at 2:06 it gets better.  Impossible you say?  Nope.  Awesome all new interlude that leads into an entirely bass-heavy chorus, which finds all three members shouting: “Don’t care how we get there/As long as we get there!” This part of the song reminds me of how Lennon and McCartney wrote early in their careers there would be one idea for a song and two totally separate ideas/approaches that somehow made the song synergistically amazing.  It’s a fantastic part of the song and yeah it makes me happy.  By 2:55 The nformals are already heading the listener back to where they started, which incidentally was a really good place to start.  The nformals next show is Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at The Soda Bar for a mere $5.  Like The nformals on Facebook and listen to them on Reverbnation.

Rick Ostop: “Free” by Old Tiger* – Some sweet soul, a bouncy beat, an infectious bright vocal. Works for me every time.

Andrea Moore“Take You Down” Black Hondo*. There is a little woop woop! in this song that gets me every time.

Paul Moffat“Descent” by The Album Leaf – My first of two instrumentals.  Songs meant for a particular mood don’t need, and are better off without, lyrics.  I don’t need someone narrating my happiness.  This particular track is just…sweet.  There is no way you can listen to it without it picking you up and putting a smile on your soul.  It’s the soundtrack for a autumn drive on a mountain road.

Ryan Miller Alpha Male by New Mexico*.

Eric Blocker“What is” by Schitzophonics* – Yep. This makes me happy. The schitzophonics make me feel like slam dancing at a ball room dancing competition.

*Indicates San Diego Music Awards nominees. Vote here.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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