I have some skills in life (I teach knitting at @yarnia_leeds for instance) but there are some things which properly stump me! This is a list and each song may need an explanation…
1. Because The Origami – 8in8 (Ben Folds, Neil Gaiman, Damian Kulash, and Amanda Palmer)
I have tried my hand at origami countless times, I’ve had the lovely @gazpachodragon try but you know what? I suck at origami. And I’m OK with that.
2. The Flowers – Regina Spektor
As much as I love having a garden, can I stop my flowers being eaten/dying of neglect? No. No I cannot.
3. X-Ray – Maccabees
Being a sickly soul, there have been times in my life where I had reached X-Ray allowance (I assume I’d grow and extra limb if the warnings were not heeded?) I also used to make watches stop which was attributed to the X-rays. I’m fine now though, you’re safe
4. Graffiti – Maximo Park
A double whammy – the chorus speaks of graffiti and singing in French… well I can almost do the second one when drunk listening to Edith Piaf
5. Nature Of The Experiment – Tokyo police club
Oh Science. How I love reading about you, how I suck at the practicalities of you! I read the New Scientist feeling intellectual but then Lecturers at work refer to it as ‘Pop Science’…
6. Let’s Go Surfing – The Drums
Another double whammy! Surfing AND Drums – though I would really like to learn both.
7. Alligator Skin – Tilly and the Wall
This one is cheeky because the clue is in the percussion! It’s only a blooming tap dancer instead of a drummer. What a class act. I used to tap, I’m not great but I’m enthusiastic and I am back at lessons at the moment. So this is a ‘maybe not well’ part!
8. Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury and the Blockheads but the album is ‘Do It Yourself’
The closest my husband and I have come to a proper argument was wallpapering together. It was such a strain that we sat in different rooms for the rest of the day and 5 years later, the alcoves are bare but we still like each other.
9. Don’t Hate Me – The Get Up Kids – but the album is ‘Four Minute Mile’
One of my most favourite songs ever! However, I can’t run. I like sitting too much.
10. New Coat of Paint – Tom Waits
Painting, in fact all art, has me stumped. My art teacher in high school loved me as a person but took me aside to ensure I wouldn’t be pursuing art as a subject/career.
Incidentally, I can’t swim or eat crumpets but I couldn’t think of songs about these things.