Munneke’s song of the day


I asked Mr. Munneke, my architecture teacher, what his song of the day was for more than 3 weeks, and here are the songs and my opinions on each of them. This is a very opinionated piece.  

  1. “Don’t Take Much” by Jackson Dean – Country is not usually my favorite genre, which is generous but honestly, this song is getting stuck in my head constantly. If you like country music it is perfect for you, even if the country is not usually your cup of tea, it still hits.  
  2. “Just the Two of Us” by Grover Washington – Now he did not recommend this song, but he sang it, so I decided to include it. I love this song. This is one of those songs that no matter what kind of music you like it is just so good. The saxophone part is scrumdelliumptious, along with the vocals and funky beat – uhhh, so good. 
  3. “The Hell Song” by Sum 41 – This is very teenage angst. Not personally my favorite in this mix, but if you like rock, it is a quality option. The guitar part is nice, I really enjoyed that.  
  4. “S.O.S” by The Glorious Sons – Again, not my favorite from this mix. It is repetitive and gave me a headache.  
  5. “Trash Unreal” by Against Me! – I liked this one. While the singer sounds like a hardcore smoker, it fits. I do not condone smoking in any way, I just like his voice. I like the background vocals too.  
  6. “It Was A Sin” by The Revivalists – This one better fits my general music taste. I like the pace of it. The slower start with the pickup is really nice. This is one of my favorites.  
  7. “Bottom of a Bottle” by Smile Empty Soul – The definition of a headbanger. It is teenage angst but in a better way. This is one of my favorites. It is addicting to listen to.  
  8. “The Red” by Chevelle – This one is also rock, but it is enjoyable. It does not give you a headache, but it maintains the good guitar and drum parts that a lot of harder rocks have. It does have that screaming that tends to hurt my voice just listening to it. Props to people who can sing like that in a healthy way, but as Mrs. Pehle would say, “Good for you, not for me,” when listening to it. I enjoyed this one except for that one screaming part.  
  9. “Who’s Laughing Now” by DURRY – I do not appreciate the random jumps that this song has. I would not be surprised if he hurt his voice by singing this. The guitar is good, and I appreciate the background music.  
  10. “100 In A 55” by Pop Evil – This song is a mix between country and rock, and that part is a little odd. He also says “But” throughout the song and I believe that his word choice could be better. Other than that, it is okay. Not ruining my ears, but also not amazing.  
  11. “Cute Without The ‘E’ (Cut From The Team)” by Taking Back Sunda – This one got stuck in my head for an entire day after I listened to it, take that as you will. It is repetitive but in a nice way because it builds on that and adds to it.  
  12. “Hold On Loosely” by 38 Special – This is another one of my favorites from this playlist. The guitar part grabs your attention from the start and with the vocals and drums, it develops an amazing mix.  
  13. “The Kids Aren’t Alright” by The Offspring – I wish the lyrics started sooner. I do not typically appreciate the “Woah-oh” parts in songs, but in this instance, it works. This song feels shorter than it is. 
  14. “Two Princes” by Spin Doctors – I have heard this song before, and it is on one of my playlists. It is a classic one hit wonder. With the unique voice of the artist and the background music, there is no wonder that it was so popular in the 90’s.  
  15. “Inside Out” by Eve 6 – By  now I’m realizing Mr. Munneke has a specific music taste. This is another good recommendation for classic rock lovers. There is a crunchy high note in the background as other people keep singing, and it is very well done. 
  16. “Cumbersome” by Seven Mary Three – I enjoyed this one as well. I do not know how someone becomes cumbersome to people. The artist at one point says like he is holding people back in his life but then he says at the end “your life has become cumbersome” so I could not tell you the actual meaning of the song. I love the word cumbersome, and this song is everything I could have ever imagined when I saw the title. It exceeded all expectations.  
  17. “Right Now” by SR-71 – I did not enjoy this one as much. Maybe because the artist is just angry about a breakup and the lyrics do not reflect someone who is mature. Apart from the fact that I do not fancy the lyrics, I did not really enjoy the prepubescent screaming voice that this artist seems to have. 
  18. “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters – I knew this song before he recommended it to me, anything by the Foo Fighters is a good option to listen to. This song is more than adequate.  
  19. “Far Behind” by Candlebox – This is a slower one of his suggestions but that does not make it bad. I appreciate the steady drum and guitar, along with the vocals. 
  20. “Make You Mine” by High Valley – Mr. Munneke spent probably ten minutes trying to find this song because it was “a really good one.” Again, good for you, not for me. All I hear when I listen to this song is yee and haw, which is not my forte. I do admire the amazing banjo playing in it, but I just cannot get behind the song itself.  
  21. “Chop Suey!” by System Of A Down – My friend who accompanied me while asking for the song of the day knew and liked this song, I thought it was okay. It is catchy, a little too metal for my taste. The harmonies flowed nicely together, and I enjoyed that.   
  22. “Beast Of Burden” by The Rolling Stones – This is one of his karaoke songs, and now I really want to hear him try and sing like Mick Jagger. He said this is one of his karaoke songs because no one else does it, so he is simply built different.  
  23. “Hey YA!” by OutKast – This is also another karaoke song of his, and I find that equally amazing and troubling. I really want to see him sing this, but I also really do not want to. I think that everyone should know all the words to this song, but I find it troubling that he probably knows all the words to it.  
  24. “Edge of Seventeen” by Stevie Nicks – This was after I asked him for a female artist because this playlist is dominated by males and because female artists are so good, plus more representation. Now do not get me wrong I love Stevie, but picking the most well-known song by her is a little bit of a cop out. There are so many other amazing songs by Stevie or Fleetwood Mac.  

Here are some songs that I am recommending Mr. Munneke listen to. These songs I feel like he would enjoy but are closer to my music taste. A lot of them are Fleetwood Mac/Stevie because I am disappointed in the lack of female artists in the previous list:

  1. “Black Balloons” by Local Natives 
  2. “Black Balloon” by The Goo Goo Dolls 
  3. “Life on Mars?” by David Bowie 
  4. “Get Stimulated” by Pixies  
  5. “La Do Da” by Journey  
  6. “Journey of the Sorcerer” by Eagles 
  7. “I’ve Been Tired” by Pixies  
  8. “Storms” by Fleetwood Mac – Only if you are sad.
  9. “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman – This song is one that Dr. Raatjes plays a lot, and I feel like Mr. Munneke would like it.  
  10.  “Northern Attitude” by Noah Kahan  
  11.  “Home” by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros  
  12.  “Blown Away” by Carrie Underwood  
  13. “I’ve Seen Footage” by Death Grips  
  14.  “You Make Lovin’ Fun” by Fleetwood Mac 
  15. “Year Of The Knife” by Tears For Fears 
  16. “I Know You” by Faye Webster 
  17. “It’s About Time” by Young the Giant 
  18. “Sunday” by The Cranberries 
  19. “Like Real People Do” by Hozier – He just seems like he would love Hozier 
  20.  “Sisters of the Moon” by Fleetwood Mac 
  21. “Illume (9-11)” by Fleetwood Mac 
  22. “Crystal” by Stevie Nicks 
  23. “Sorcerer” by Stevie Nicks 
  24. “Marooned” by Pink Floyd 
  25. “02:00 AM” by Sarah Crean  
  26. “Dancing in the Dark” by Faye Webster 
  27. “American Teenager” by Ethel Cain 
  28. “A Match Into Water Pierce” by The Veil  
  29. “Cabinet Battle #1” from Hamilton (Original Broadway Cast Recording) – He said he does not know Hamilton, so I had to recommend.  
  30. “Extraordinary Machine” by Fiona Apple