30 Songs in 30 Days - Day 7

Day 7 - A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event

As I thought about today's entry on the list, it occurred to me that most times when a song brings an event to mind, that event is a concert. I hear Billy Idol's "Rebel Yell", and I think about seeing him in concert at the Civic Centre in Ottawa as a kid, the first time I was allowed to go to a concert without adult supervision. I hear "If I Had $1000000" by Barenaked Ladies, I think of seeing them play on a stage in the CityTV parking lot during Word on the Street, when all they had going for them was a five-song, yellow cassette tape.

Another song that reminds me of a certain event is "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer.

Canada Day 2011, in Downsview Park. Giant open-air concert with Broken Social Scene, Hey Rosetta!, Weezer, and The Tragically Hip.

As much as I'm a Weezer fan, and The Hip is one of my karaoke go-tos, this event had a lot going against it for me. I'm not an outdoors person, particularly in the summer — allergies kick my ass and in the sun, I burn like a lit match. I'm not generally a large crowds person either; I usually find people to be annoying in groups, especially when copious amounts of alcohol are involved.

But this day turned out to be among the most fun I've had in years. We had great placement; close enough to the stage that you could still identify faces and have a good view of the large screens, but not so close that we would get crushed by the surging crowds. The weather was tolerable, and I managed to use the crowd cover for shade. The bands were fantastic, especially Weezer, who I'd never seen live.

Mostly, though, it was a great day because of the people. Between Erin, Rannie (@photojunkie), Joshua (@phjoshua), and Jason (@videojey), I couldn't have asked for a better group to hang with that day.

Thankfully, Rannie was smart enough to grab some video evidence of the day. Weezer's whole set was pretty much a sing-a-long for the crowd, especially "Say it Ain't So"…

Yeah, we were having too much fun. Ever since, Weezer takes me back to that sunny summer day in north Toronto.

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 - "Once in a Lifetime" by Talking Heads
  7. A Song That Reminds You of a Certain Event - "Say it Ain't So" by Weezer
  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