• Song 10: The Beatles "With a little help from my friends"

    The songs have really fallen behind in a big way. Other things have just been more inportant of late. BUT – the songs are back on my list this week and this is a special! A while ago a friend of ours who’s heading out to Kenya on a mission trip this summer, asked if […]

  • Songs 8 and 9: The Monkees "Daydream Believer" and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah"

    I’ve been a bit preoccupied with other things so song-learning has been top of my agenda lately, but there has been some progress. I struggled with “Mr Jones“, not with the words, as you might have expected, but with the rhythm. Singing and playing this song at the same time is really hard. So I […]

  • Song 7: Mr Jones

    I have a bit of a thing about songs with complicated words. I enjoy the challenge of learning them, and I’m a bit of a show off at heart (have you noticed?) so I’d rather learn something that makes people go “You know ALL the words to that?”. There’s a couple of these on my […]

  • Song 6: Breakfast at Tiffany's

    If I was embarrassed about song 5 because it’s such a bog-standard anthemic piece of indie pop. Song 6 (last week’s song) fills me with even more dread! I can’t even remember why Deep Blue Something’s “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” became popular. It has very little going for it. It contains no more than three guitar […]

  • Song 5: (Dare I admit it) Oasis' "Wonderwall"

    I’m not really sure what to make of the fact that I’ve put Wonderwall on the list. It’s the quintessential, moany, groany Oasis track that all sing-along guitarists should know how to play. Yet, at the same time, I’m a bit embarrassed about it. It provokes a reaction in me that’s more “Oh yeah…Wonderwall….how predictable” […]

  • Song 4: R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon"

    So, finally, here we are at song 4. I’ve been a bit lazy about it (it’s week 7, I think), but, frankly, I’ve had more important things to do. I’ve chosen this one because I mostly know it already – I just need to firm the words up in my head, get the order right, […]

  • Song 3…still? What's happening?

    OK, so I should make it clear at this point that, in my head at least, if not on paper, “52 songs” is a concept, not a target. I never thought I’d learn 52 songs this year, but the idea was to learn SOME pop songs this year, the 52 Songs concept was to give […]

  • Song 3: Del Amitri's 'Nothing Ever Happens' – Update

    MOSTLY learnt all of the words and the chords were pretty simple. It’s been a busy week and this will roll on to next week now. Looks like I’m only make 51 songs. πŸ™ Oh well – at least I haven’t bailed out completely yet!

  • Song 3 – Del Amitri's 'Nothing Ever Happens' – Key of C

    Last week was a bit of a write off week, but I’ve just about learned the chords to “Angels” including the odd F#m. I’ve also done a bit of rehearsing Song 1 to bed it into my brain a bit. This week Sally has challenged me to learn “Nothing Ever Happens” by Del Amitri. I’m […]

  • Song 2 – Robbie Williams' "Angels" – Key of "E"

    Last week was fun AND challenging, songwise. I picked a tricky one to start but it’s mostly nailed. The trick will be remembering it in a week or so’s time. This week’s been a bit of a nightmare with busy evenings, rats, water leaks, a trip to Leeds for work, the wedding at the weekend, […]