30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 5

Day 5 - A Song That Reminds You of Someone

We've talked about songs evoking feelings the last couple of days. Now a few days of songs that conjure up memories.

There are lots of songs that fit the bill here. I hear "Luck be a Lady" and I think of my high school production of Guys and Dolls. I hear the theme for Coach's Corner on Hockey Night in Canada, and more often than not, I think of my mom. Why, you ask? Well, as Hammy Hamster would say, that's another story. But in that vein…

A song that reminds me of someone is "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga.

One of the first people I was introduced to when I found the downtown Toronto karaoke scene a few years ago was Rannie Turingan. Rannie's good people — a talented photographer and social media professional, a magnetic personality in a crowded room. He's also a karaoke enthusiast, with specialties in Elton John, Madonna, Adele, and Lady Gaga, among others.

You'll notice a connection in that list of artists above. You can't hear "Born This Way" without thinking of Madonna's 1989 hit "Express Yourself". In fact, they're more or less the same song.

Anyway, Rannie developed a habit of singing "Born This Way" at karaoke, but transitioning to the lyrics from "Express Yourself" partway through the song (from memory), and then back to "Born This Way". It's an awfully fun party trick, and I've seen it pop a crowded bar more than once. I get a smile on my face every time I think of it, and I can't hear "Born This Way" ever since without thinking of Rannie.

30 Songs in 30 Days

  1. Your Favourite Song - "American Pie" by Don McLean
  2. Your Least Favourite Song - "Hotel Room Service" by Pitbull
  3. A Song That Makes You Happy - "Legend of a Cowgirl" by Imani Coppola
  4. A Song That Makes You Sad - "Hallelujah" by Jeff Buckley
  5. A Song That Reminds You of Someone - "Born This Way" by Lady Gaga
  6. A Song That Reminds You of Somewhere
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event
  8. A Song That You Know All the Words To
  9. A Song That You Can Dance To
  10. A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep
  11. A Song From Your Favourite Band
  12. A Song From a Band You Hate
  13. A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure
  14. A Song That No One Would Expect You to Love
  15. A Song That Describes You
  16. A Song That You Used to Love But Now You Hate
  17. A Song That You Hear Often on the Radio
  18. A Song That You Wish You Heard on the Radio
  19. A Song From Your Favourite Album
  20. A Song You Listen to When You're Angry
  21. A Song You Listen to When You're Happy
  22. A Song You Listen to When You're Sad
  23. A Song You Want to Play at Your Wedding
  24. A Song You Want to Play at Your Funeral
  25. A Song That Makes you Laugh
  26. A Song That You Can Play on an Instrument
  27. A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty
  28. A Song You Wish You Could Play
  29. A Song From Your Childhood
  30. Your Favourite Song This Time Last Year