Monday, March 1, 2010

The Superawesome Blog Riffing Challenge

So, chatting with a friend tonight, I lamented that I'd missed several days of music blogging due to horrific illness. I wasn't feeling particularly creative, and I asked him to give me a topic. The only requisite is that it be music-related, as this is a music blog.

His topic? Lisa Loeb.

So, when "Stay" came out, it was 1994 and I didn't have the slightest clue as to what it felt like to be in love, or date a guy, or even what it was like to kiss a guy. (That'd be 1995, in the interest of full disclosure)
At the time, my tastes were all over the map, musically. I was just starting to discover music that wasn't what my parents listened to. I didn't really like female singers much, but this chick had a neat voice, and the story behind her song was ok. Further more, I wanted a few girl songs I could sing along to. That summer, I made a mixtape (Yep, remember those?) that included Warren G and Nate Dogg "Regulate", Madonna "Take a Bow", and Soundgarden "Burden in My Hand".
How's that for an interesting, if random, mix?
"Stay" was also on said mixtape, and to this day I sing it sometimes when I do karaoke. It's not usually my first choice, but every once in awhile, there's good ol' reliable Lisa Loeb.

So there's my story, and here is my call to you: I'm opening up my blog this week to topic suggestions. You can give me just a name, a genre, a song, a concept...anything music related. I have to riff on it, whether I like it or not.

Ready? Go.


  1. Unusual instrument usage in modern pop music- banjos, accordions, mandolins, what have you.

    Can a musician be passionate about what they're doing if it is written for them by someone else?

    How did our parents' taste in music- or non-taste, for that matter- shape our own likes and dislikes?

    What dead performer did you miss out on seeing?

    What did you hate in high school that you now love? Vice versa?

    Why does nothing from 1992-1994 sound dated? :D

    Should I continue?

  2. That gets me through the week, brilliant. I <3 you. :)

  3. Yay! I love contributing.