Six Songs of Me
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Originally written January 2, 2013.
Q. What was the first song you ever bought?
A. The first song ever bought for me was "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" & the "Thriller" album but the first i ever bought with my allowance is Whitney Houston
Q.What song always gets you dancing?
A. "Wanna Be Startin' Something" or "Shake Your Body or Don't Stop" or "I Think We're Alone Now"
Q. What song takes you back to your childhood?
A. Celebration by Kool N the Gang
Q. What is your perfect love song?
A. "The Light" by Common or "As" by Stevie Wonder
Q. What song would you want at your funeral?
A. "Keep the Faith" by Michael Jackson
Q. Time for an encore. One last song that makes you, you.
A. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" by Tears For Fears
These and other questions about why music matters to just about everyone, in every culture, are posed in a recent article in theGuardian by musicologist Eric Clarke. And along with the Oxford professor's theories, which range from scientific to social, the British publication has launched "Six Songs of Me," a project to map as many personal playlists as possible.
They've set up a special site (fueled by Spotify) where you can pick your most meaningful songs in six categories. They're hoping to gather enough data, Clarke says, to "help us think more fruitfully about the 'big questions' that lie behind the sounds of our lives."