The Thirty Song Tag

Hello! I’m not sure if you remember me, but I’m the little shadow of a human being who runs this blog. And yes, I’ve been absent for some time. I’m hoping to do a life update post soon to give you a rundown of this hectic life I lead. However, I recently had to renew my blog subscription and pay actual hard earned money to keep this blog going, which has been the kick up the backside I needed to get back into blogging. Spending money will do that to you. So I’m hoping to be more active here. Fingers crossed.

Anyway, to get me back into blogging I’ve got a really easy tag that was a lot of fun to write! It’s all about music and I adore music so much. Megan kind of tagged everyone, so go check out her blog.

  1. Your Favourite Song

I literally cannot choose. It is impossible, so I’m going to cheat and list a few of my favourite songs. I promise though, I will keep to the rules for the rest of the post and only mention one song (or maybe two, if I’m feeling particularly indecisive).

The Blessing” by Kari Jobe

God Help The Outcasts” from The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Tale of Cu Chulainn” by Miracle of Sound (Irish folk rock/metal. Could there be a better combination?)

Lothlorien” from The Lord of the Rings musical

Wonder” from the same musical

Into The West” by Annie Lennox

Now and For Always

Anne Bonney” by Karliene

I See Fire” by Ed Sheeran

Castle on the Hill” by Ed Sheeran

Nancy Mulligan” by Ed Sheeran (Also check out this British Sign Language version, it is awesome!)

This list is so incomplete, but you’ll see more of my favourites as we go through this tag!

2. Your Least Favourite Song

This one is actually so easy. Out of all the songs I’ve heard, the one I’ve hated the most is Shape of You by Ed Sheeran, which is sad, because for years I refused to listen to any of his other songs because of this one, and I was really missing out on some quality music. But I hate this song so much. I know there’s a lot of songs that objectify women, but for me, this one just represents them all, and for some reason, people adore it??? I do not like it.

Rant over. Let’s continue.

3. A Song That Makes You Happy

“The Wellerman” is a such a fun song and I’m so very glad it came to the attention of whoever started the TikTok trend. It’s such a jaunty song and it makes me so happy to listen to! For the record, my favourite versions are Alina Gingertail’s version, The Hound and the Fox’s version, and Nathan Evans’s version.

4. A Song That Makes You Sad

I love sad songs, so there’s plenty that make me feel all tight in the chest and teary. However, one that never fails to make me cry is the song “Cinderella by Steven Curtis Chapman. Scratch that, this song makes me bawl. I can’t even listen to it that much because it makes me so emotional. As a bit of backstory, Chapman wrote this song about his daughter, who later died in an accident. It makes me so sad because my dad and I used to dance together all the time and so a song about fathers and daughters dancing together before times runs out is just *sobs*

5. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty

A song that makes me feel guilty because I shouldn’t be listening to it? Definitely, “Ex-Wives” from Six the Musical. That musical is so dirty and it makes me blush, but the opening song is the very definition of fire.

6. A Song That Often Gets Stuck In Your Head

I would answer “The Wellerman”, but I’m not repeating a song, so I will say “The Skye Boat Song“. It’s an old Scottish classic about Bonnie Prince Charlie and all that jazz. The lines “speed bonnie boat like a bird on the wind” are perpetually stuck in my head.

7. A Song That Reminds You Of Someone

This one is so hard! But, after deliberating for a long time, I think the song 10,000 Reasons is a good answer. This is my mum’s favourite song and she’s requested it played at her funeral whenever that day comes (its already been played at two funerals in my family). But it’s a beautiful song and it always reminds me of my mum.

8. A Song That Reminds You Of Someplace

Praise You In This Storm” by Casting Crowns reminds me of Longreach, in outback Queensland, simply because I once listened to it while parked in Longreach and now it irreversibly reminds me of Longreach (which is a great town by the way. I love it)

9. A Song That Reminds You Of A Certain Event

Summer of Sixty-Nine” by Bryan Adams reminds me of a trip my dad and I took to Cape York in 2012. It was playing on the radio all the time. I heard it in Outback Queensland, at the airport in Cairns, on the road in NSW…all the time.

10. A Song You Know All The Words To

This question is bizarre because it seems to indicate that most people don’t know the words to every song in existence??? How weird.

Ok, so I’m not trying to brag, I’m really not, I just have a knack for memorising things. If I listen to a song more than twice I know the words to it. It’s just how my brain is wired, and I like it that way. Of course, this also means I remember the words to songs I don’t like, so there’s pros and cons.

11. A Song You Could Dance To

I could dance to almost every song. I love dancing so much and free form, unstructured, probably terrible dancing is one of my favourite forms of expression. I especially love dancing to Celtic type music, and “Jenny of Oldstones” is another favourite.

12. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep

In a good, lullaby-type way, or a boring way? I’m going to go with lullaby. “May It Be” by Enya, from The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack. This song is so calming and helps me focus. I used to literally just have it on repeat while I wrote entire novels (I’ve listened to it thousands of times, according to my iTunes account). Ok, so maybe it doesn’t make me fall asleep, but it would if I was lying in my bed, it really just drives everything else out of my mind.

13. A Song From Your Favourite Band

Who is my favourite band? I have no idea, and I don’t even really know how to answer it. My favourite literal band, or my favourite artist, or what? Ok, I’m going to say my favourite band is Casting Crowns, since I don’t really listen to many proper bands. And one of my favourite songs from them is “Oh My Soul”. It’s such a beautiful song of worship during terrible times, and plus the music video is one of the most beautiful and calming music videos in all the world.

14. A Song From a Band You Hate

I’m going to assume this is a song I like from a band I otherwise don’t like?? That’s how I’m going to interpret it anyway, so I’m going with the song Safe and Sound by Taylor Swift. I don’t hate Taylor Swift, but she’s really not my cup of tea, though I do really love this song, which I believe was originally written for The Hunger Games soundtracks. Also, yes I know that Taylor Swift isn’t a band, but I’m grasping at straws here.

15. A Song Nobody Would Expect You To Love

I’m not sure. My friends were all pretty surprised to find out that I love Ed Sheeran, but I don’t know if there’s a specific song that people wouldn’t expect me to love. Sorry that I can’t give a more specific answer to this question!

16. A Song That Describes You

What? One song to describe the extraordinarily complex and messy person that is me? Hmm…I can’t decide whether to try finding a song that describes my emotions, or a song that describes how someone might view me? I don’t know, this is too much for me. I’m going to skip this question.

17. An Underrated Song More People Should Love

There’s so many good YouTubers that are exceptional singers and I wish they were better known, but is there any particular song by one of them that I wish was better known? I don’t know.

Oh, ok. Here’s a song that seems pretty unknown that I like, it’s called “Firebird” by Owl City and it’s from one of his newer albums. It’s a song about nostalgia, and looking back on childhood, but also being happy with how things are changing and being able to move on. I guess, in essence, its about balancing the “good old times” with living in the present and enjoying what we have now. And yet, no one seems to know this song! A crime, I tell you.

18. A Song That You Often Hear on The Radio

A few months ago, I literally (in the literal sense of the word) heard “Afterglow” by Ed Sheeran on the radio at work every single day. Now I only hear it once a week or so, but yes, I heard it on the radio every single day for at least three or four weeks. My local radio station was obsessed, but that’s ok because I love that song too.

19. A Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio

Adele’s songs! I used to hear them on the radio all the time, but I haven’t heard many in the last few years. If I could hear “Hello” on the radio more, I’d be happy. Unfortunately, radio stations only know that about fifteen songs exist at any one time.

20. A Song You Listen To When You’re Happy

Oh, yes! I have an answer for this, but it’s a whole album and not one single song. I adore Karliene’s The Legend of Anne Bonney album and I listen to it on repeat. It’s so fun and jaunty and full of delicious crime-ridden pirates and queens of the sea. Please do yourself a favour and listen to it, especially if you’re a fan of pirates.

21. A Song You Listen To When You’re Sad

Again, I love sad songs and I have a few go to ones for when I’m sad. “Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran is a sad one, but also a beautiful song and I like to listen to this one (as well as a few other Ed songs) whenever I’m in the mood for a sad song.

22. A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry

The entire soundtrack of A Tale of Two Cities. I can channel my rage over the injustice in the world into that poor soundtrack and I always feel either better, or ready to take on evil authority figures with only a stabbing pen.

23. A Song You Want to Play At Your Wedding

At this stage, I am past my prime at almost twenty-one years of age, so it is unlikely I shall ever be married, and instead I shall remain an old maid, like Jane Austen and the Bronte Sisters.

However, should I ever get married, I would like to play “All I Ask of You” and “What Are Words” (the Peter and Evynne Hollens version). I am not a romantic, but these are two of my favourite romantic songs.

24. A Song You Want To Play At Your Funeral

This one is easy actually. I want “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” played at my funeral, particularly Jos Slavick’s version from 1917. This song makes me want to die, but in a good, peaceful sort of way, not in a horrible “I want to die” sort of way, if that makes sense. I guess you could say it makes me not afraid of dying. The line “I’m only going over home”, is so serene and lovely. It’s just such a beautiful song.

25. A Song That Makes You Laugh

Lots of songs make me laugh, but there’s two that have a Chelsea-will-laugh-no-matter-how-bad-her-day-was guarantee. One is “You’ll Be Back” from Hamilton, and the other is “What a Comforting Thing to Know” from The Slipper and the Rose. Both are exceedingly good and I highly recommend them.

26. A Song That You Can Play

Literally not a single song. I couldn’t even play Mary Had a Little Lamb when I learnt recorder. My musical abilities are approximately -25.

27. A Song You Wish You Could Play

Every single one! I want to play all the songs! Particularly I want to play pirate/sea shanties/The Wellerman, on tin whistles. And I’ve always wanted to play the oboe sections of “Man of Colours” by Ice House.

28. A Song From Your Childhood

Until I developed my own taste in music around the age of twelve or thirteen, my listening was very much dictated by my parents, which meant I listened to a lot of The Phantom of the Opera, My Friend the Chocolate Cake (an alternative Australian band, which yes, is at weird as it sounds), Bon Jovi, Billy Joel, Midnight Oil, Ice House, and all the 80s rock classics. All of those songs very much part of my childhood. I think maybe I’ll choose “Beds are Burning” by Midnight Oil, since that song is one that I very clearly remember being introduced to, and when my dad explained to me the background of that song (the fight for Aboriginal land rights) it ignited in me a passion for that particular topic that has stayed with me ever since.

29. Your Favourite Duet

There’s so many good musicals that have wonderful duets in them, but I think one of my favourites will always be “Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow” from Les Miserables. It’s so sad, it will never stop being sad, and Eponine deserved better.

30. Your Favourite Song at This Time of Year

“This time of year” currently is autumn, almost winter. I’m a very seasonal person and autumn very much means Celtic music and anything inspired by Lord of the Rings and/or mythology. What’s my favourite song at the moment? I think it’s “I See Fire” right now, particularly the Celtic Woman version.

Well, that about does it for today. I’m not going to tag anyone, because the mental abilities needed for that are escaping me at the moment, but I need to know what you’re favourite songs are! Do you have an eclectic taste like me? Or do you mostly just listen to one genre? What is your least favourite song? And what song never fails to make you laugh?

10 thoughts on “The Thirty Song Tag

  1. FINALLY someone else who memorizes every song they hear! It’s sometimes annoying, since people tease me about it and I have to be careful what music I listen to. And it’s nice to meet another Casting Crowns fan!

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  2. The Wellerman is a super fun and jaunty song! I didn’t know it was popular on TikTok…my cousin and brother have been obsessed with it for aaaaages.

    I don’t know that I’ve ever heard “10,000 Reasons” before…but I just listened to it, and it seems like it would be a good funeral song. πŸ™‚ So would “Poor Wayfaring Stranger”, for that matter.

    The Skye-Boat song! My siblings and I all like that one a lot. It’s definitely one to get stuck in one’s head…

    Ahh “Rain Will Make the Flowers Grow” is SO SAD, but SO GOOD!

    I’m in your camp–super eclectic taste! It’s funny, though–I like a lot of things, but my music-enjoying method is to listen to the same thing for weeks until I get tired of it, and then move on to something new. XD

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  3. So good to see a post from you again, Chelsea! I hope you are doing well.
    This was a really interesting tag and it was so fun to read all of your answers. I think I probably would have had some trouble answering a lot of them! πŸ˜‚
    I think that if I had to pick one definitive favorite song, I probably would have to go with “Last Song” by Gackt. I haven’t cared for almost any other songs by him, but there’s something about that song that I just love, whether it’s the normal version or the unplugged, live version. As for a least favorite… I can’t think of a specific one. There are plenty of songs I don’t like and/or don’t care for, but I don’t typically end up listening to those songs so none really stick out as a least favorite.

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  4. Aw thank you! It’s so good to be back, I’ve missed the community here so much! Thankfully, I’ve got a few blog posts prepared now so even if I get busy again I have a few up my sleeve so I don’t disappear again.
    I just listened to that song and its so beautiful! Obviously I don’t understand any of it πŸ˜› but it has such a nice sound to it and the music is lovely.
    Yeah that’s fair enough! I don’t really have that many least favourite songs either because I just don’t listen to them, so I forget about them. Its only occasionally if I hear a song a lot on the radio that I develop a least favourite.

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  5. It’s a very old song, from the 1850s I think! But yeah, it recently went viral on TikTok, which is why it’s absolutely everywhere now πŸ˜›
    Its a lovely song! And yes, good for funerals πŸ™‚
    I adore the Skye Boat Song, it’s such a lovely but also sad song! I’m glad there’s a few other people in the world who also like it!
    Ahh same! My siblings hate it, but I will obsessively listen to a musical, album or artist for a couple of months and then I’m moving onto the next thing. But my siblings hate it when I only listen to one thing for such a long period of time. πŸ˜€

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  6. Okay, but just as I was reading this post my sisters turned on “Firebird” in the other room so I was listening to it when I got to the part about it in the post! It’s a very good song, and yes, more people should listen to it. My sisters introduced it to me a couple of months ago, and I am very happy that they did.
    I hate “The Shape of You” too! Your sentiments on the subject are my thoughts exactly. I HATE IT. I am glad to know that someone out there understands how angry that song makes me.
    So many good songs here! I love the 1917 version of “Poor, Wayfaring Stranger” so much. It’s so hauntingly beautiful.
    Welcome back!

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