Song 77: That’s not what it means, Mom


Name: J Song: “Don’t You Want Me” by The Human League J: The song that reminds me of my mother is “Don’t You Want Me” because when I was six my mother and I had an argument about it that was very telling about how different we were as people. She felt bad for the […]


Songs 75-80: Songs to car dance to


Name: Kristen (creator of Five Song Project) and Nina (Mom) Song(s): “Panama” by Van Halen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen, “Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy, “1999” by Prince, “Sexy Back” by Justin Timberlake, “Make me Feel” by Janelle Monae First of all I want to say thank you to my mom who has […]


Assignment 17: Word to your Moms


Today is Mother’s Day in the U.S. and Canada. (Mexico celebrated on May 10th and France will celebrate on May 27th.) This week the blog will focus on songs that remind people of their mothers. Whether they have influenced our music taste or songs that bring us back to specific moments in time that we […]


Song 70: First Music Video


“Take on Me” by A-ha Phong: If I would have built a time machine when I was a kid for an older me to find, it would have contained Lego bricks, the book “The Stinky Cheese Man,” and the music video for A-ha’s “Take on Me.” The blending of pencil rendered animation and live-action shots […]


Assignment 15: But first…


Name: Phong Tran Place: Los Angeles, CA (sort of) Your relationship to music: Listener Industry: UX Design I caught Phong before he left Los Angeles and embarked on a world tour before picking a new city to live and work in. I have been following his adventures via instagram with these flipbook stories that are […]


Assignment 12: The Game Changers


[Photo by] Name: Holly Rose Location: Pittsburgh-born go-go dancer librarianing in Los Angeles Relationship to music: Listener and creator Industry: Rock and Roll Librarian/Archivist Although the last post may make it seem like Teresa, my previous contributor, is a very shy and private person, she is really the reason I have met some amazing people […]


Song 49: Wonder, unbridled joy, and weeping


“Take Me With U” by Prince If I could leave you after five songs with one parting thought it would be to see the bands and musicians you love perform live, you will never regret it. My motto in life is “When in doubt, buy the ticket.” This is equally true for plane tickets.  I […]


Song 48: The Best Worst Decision I Ever Made


“Genius of Love” by the Tom Tom Club In the course of conversation people ask me why I moved to Los Angeles. When I explain it to people, I say it was the best worst decision I have ever made, because I moved to Los Angeles for a guy. I say this because I don’t […]


Song 43: With a rebel yell she cried, more, more, more


“Rebel Yell” by Billy Idol Billy Idol was my first rock star crush. Never mind that I was 12 and he was in his 30’s, I believed we were destined to be together! Years later, I have lost the crush but never the love of this song. It’s a solid rock song that has stood […]


Song 40: Extended version on repeat


“Blue Monday” by New Order Written by Christine I bought the Substance record from a local record shop and immediately fell in love with the album but most specifically, this song. It’s been about 30(!!) years, and I still feel like this is the perfect song. It completely reflects being a child of the 80’s, […]