30 Days of Music: Day 26 – A Song That You Can Play On An Instrument

I’m glad this thing’s nearly over, got to admit I’m getting a little bored of it, of course I hope you’re not!

So, a song I can play on an instrument, riiiiight, should be a doddle 😕 The only proper instrument I have ever played with anything approaching skill was a cornet in a silver band aged 13, and that only really included one hour’s practice a week and freezing my young ‘nads off on top of an open bus playing carols once a year!

This is clearly discounted because a) it’s been nigh on 30 years, surprisingly I don’t remember the fingering and b) I can’t think of any songs that are improved by being rendered through an instrument that always gave the impression of “I wanted to play a trumpet but all my parents would buy me was this!”, it also sounds like an ice cream receptacle!

I am therefore reduced to instruments that take no musical skill to play, kazoo? Comb and paper? I had a Jew’s Harp as a kid but we ain’t at a hoedown!

Then I remembered an artist I saw supporting Tunng in Leeds last year, one Hannah Peel. On a few of her numbers she accompanied herself with a music box, the kind that is fed a roll of paper and the melody is produced by winding a little handle, I’m pretty sure I could knock out a tune on one of them (as long as I had the correct roll of paper and some practice getting the speed right).

As well as a cover of “Tainted Love” (featured in the Corsodyl mouthwash ad), and the Cocteau Twins’ track “Sugar Hiccup“, she also did a cover of New Order’s “Blue Monday” which is going to be today’s tune;

I think I got out of that one quite well! 🙂

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  1. #1 by MickeyD on April 11, 2011 - 5:58 am

    Oh wow, reckon I could play that too!

    However, I’m going with “Ob-la-di” which I can play on the keyboard as it was drilled into me at school! One handed of course, though I could play the chords too at the time but would never remember them now…

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