The 30-Day Song Challenge Day 1 – A Song I Discovered This Month

Author Ed Miller: “Music is the weirdest human thing. A few dozen songs out of the zillions recorded fire off like a massive dopamine flood every time I hear them.

And then like other people don’t even like those songs.”

A friend and long-time loyal blog follower recently sent me a 30-Day Song Challenge meme in the hope that I couldn’t resist taking the challenge and blogging about it. Here’s Day #1 – A Song I Discovered This Month.

Nikka Costa’s Get Off My Sunshine comes to me from my friend and fellow music obsessive[1] Wil Shockley-Temple as part of his daily month of music memories Facebook posts. We share a Nikka obsession and his runs particularly deep as I had not heard this song before. It’s from an album only released in Australia and Thailand called Butterfly Rocket. Stealing from Wil’s post:

Nikka Costa is what many would call a “cult” singer. It’s always a joy to meet someone who knows of her music because they always go “mmm she is SO good” and there’s instant kismet. She had some minor hits and has a rather loyal fan base here in the US where she lives but never really got to rise to a household name. Which is almost a shame because she is so talented.

Buckle up your seat belt and get ready to be rocked.

P.S. Bonus content. Last week on the fourth year of Prince’s passing, Nikka recorded this commercially unreleased song of his as her tribute. It’s breathtakingly and heartachingly beautiful, and in sharp contrast to Get Off My Sunshine, it shows the breadth of her considerable talents.


[1]  You should see how we blow up Facebook Messenger when one or the other gets inspired to drop a deep hot take at 1:00 a.m.

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