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I'm skipping a couple of days because I can't decide on a song that fits. And no one cares!

Day 07 - A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

The Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix

After my Grandma's funeral, my mom and I sat in the car and listened to this song. I don't know what the significance of this song is to my mom, but she really wanted to hear it then. So I sat with her and listened to it too while she tried to deal with losing her mom.
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Day 04 - A Song that Makes You Sad

Iyomante Upopo - Ando Umeko

This is a song in Ainu, the language of the indigenous people of Japan. The Wikipedia article on the Ainu people will explain their history and their struggle to retain their culture better than I can.

The Ainu language is moribund--likely to go extinct very soon. There are language revitalization efforts, but that's no guarantee that Ainu will be around in, say, ten or twenty years.

Ando Umeko, an Ainu folk musician, died in 2004.
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Day 03 - A Song that Makes You Happy

Man, so many to choose from, but the first that came to mind was

Aap Jaisa Koi - Bally Sagoo

So, in 1980, there was this film called Qurbani, that produced a famous song: "Aap Jaisa Koi." It launched the Pakistani singer Nazia Hassan into super-stardom. This is a bhangra remix, actually not too far from the original--Bally Sagoo punched up the beat a little, emphasized the delightfully wacky sound effects, but not all that much more.

If you want to see the original, I believe that this is taken from the film. The quality is poor but you get an idea of the fantastic kitsch factor. Whoa, hello 1980.

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I've stolen this from [personal profile] thehunter. Because I like music, and I like memes. I should have started on Nov 1, for congruence, but congruence is overrated.

Day 1 - Your Favorite Song

I don't have a favorite song. I have favorite songs--and rather a lot of them. They change week to week and year to year. However, according to Last.fm, the song that I've listened to the most is:

Darha Nopigom (Eonmori) - Byungkwi Hwang

This is a gayageum solo by one of the best living gayageum players/composers in Korea. At least I think he's still alive; he's pretty old.

But if you asked me for my favorite song off of this album, it would be:

Chucheonsa (Swinging Song) - Byungkwi Hwang

This is a gayageum and vocal piece. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the vocalist. She wasn't credited in the tags when I bought this album off of Amazon.

Both of these are incredibly beautiful. They weren't what first came to mind when I started to think about what would be my favorite song, but hey. Last.fm doesn't lie.

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