Last night at karaoke, I decided I wanted to sing a song I missed out on from last week (early night), and that led me to brainstorm other songs with similar titles. That led me to the theme: black!

Rolling Stones – Paint It Black

I’ve always had a soft spot for the Rolling Stones, although most of their songs I can’t sing very well. This song has come on the radio often enough in the past decade that I learned it well, and I do appreciate the lyrical twang on my emotions. Plus, I designed an entire puzzle around it for Ditch Day when I was a senior, based on the fact that we had a Red Door Cafe. Story for another time!

Goo Goo Dolls – Black Balloon

The Goo Goo Dolls are my #2 favorite band, and were at the first concert I attended as an adult. On my own even, on Long Island! (My friend Nadia almost made it up from D.C. to go with me, but it didn’t quite work it.) I love the style of the Goos, and I sing them well. This particular song has always made me smile – it doesn’t really make a whole lot of sense when I try to understand what he’s trying to say, and for some reason, that’s hilarious.

On a future night, I will deploy the third black song I would have sung, if I had stayed that late: Soundgarden – Black Hole Sun!