In my preparation for extended periods of no motivation, the idea of passive (or active) listening to music came to mind. So I went on a search for inspirational music for just an occasion. Surely there must be stuff out there, even money making ventures cashing in on the cancer thing. What I found was a distinct dearth of exactly such material. Individuals listed a few favorites but nothing approaching what I had in mind. Well such a thing is only a challenge to make my own. In case anyone is curious or interested, or if someone down the road is looking for some ideas to help them get through a healing crisis, here is my list. Most of them are chosen for healing inspiration, others for their energy or plain upbeatness.

  • Dark Road by Annie Lennox    this sounds depressing but its hopeful and I love Annie
  • Landslide by Fleetwood Mac    a classic, sweet song
  • Don’t Stop by Fleetwood Mac
  • Don’t Stop Believing (regionals version) by Glee    of course!
  • Don’t Give Up by Peter Gabriel
  • You are Not Alone by Michael Jackson
  • Down to the River to Play by Alison Krauss     lovely gospel like song
  • Today I Sing the Blues by Aretha Franklin
  • Someday Soon by Lucy Kaplansky
  • Imagine by John Lennon
  • Holiday by Madonna     for when I can dance again
  • Cherish by Madonna    ditto
  • Today’s the Day by Lucy Kaplansky
  • Angel (Spanich version) by Jon Secada
  • The Dog Days are Over (Glee Version)    great energy
  • Free by Jan Arden
  • Set Fire to the Rain by Adele    powerful
  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters by Aretha Frankin
  • Don’t Let Your Feet Touch Ground by Ash Koley    delightful!
  • Let Her Dance by Bobby Fuller Four    for when I can
  • God Only Knows by The Beach Boys    always gives me chills
  • Good Timin’ by The Beach Boys
  • Just Stand Up! by various female artists, the only cancer support song I could find
  • Solid Ground by Bobby Caldwell
  • Hear Me Lord by Bonnie Raitt
  • One Belief Away by Bonnie Raitt
  • Angel From Montgomery by Bonnie Raitt and John Prine
  • The Lazy Song by Bruco Mars   because there will be a lot of days like this and it reminds me of the Leonard Nimoy video
  • Back to You by Bryan Adams    fun fun fun
  • Save Your Sadness by Christopher Cross
  • Carry On by CSNY
  • Deja Vu by CSNY   both songs you can lose yourself in
  • Feelin’ Alright (live) by Dave Mason
  • Day After Day by Alan Parsons Project.      childhood fantasy fodder
  • Layla by Derek and the Dominos   just because its one of the bestest songs ever!
  • Tiny Dance by Elton John    ditto!
  • Green Pastures by Emmylou Harris   more sombre by moving
  • Prayer in Open D by Emmylou Harris     ditto
  • What is Life by George Harrison
  • My Sweet Lord by George Harrison
  • Stronger  Glee version    OK, I know Artie is singing a girl’s song, but I prefer this one
  • Firework by Katy Perry   sparkling brassieres aside, I love the empowerment of this
  • Raise Your Glass by Pink    for when I can!
  • Desde la Obscuridad by Gloria Estefan      Spanish version of song she wrote after her back accident
  • Smile/Happy Days are Here Again by Rachel and Kurt   another Glee fav
  • No One is to Blame (acoustic version) by Howard Jones
  • Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson
  • Keep Breathing by Ingrid Michaelson
  • This is War by Ingrid Michaelson
  • Do it Now by Ingrid Michaelson
  • You Don’t Need by Jane Siberry    song that mesmerized me at my first post AA concert
  • The Sky is So Blue by Jane Siberry    just delighftul
  • Calling all Angels by Jane Siberry and kd lang     naturally
  • Electricidad by Jesse and Joy   Mexican duo with an energizing song I adore
  • Nuevo Dia (New Day) by Jesse and Joy
  • Annie’s Song by John Denver    childhood favorite
  • River by Joni Mitchell
  • Trial by Fire by Journey
  • Invincible by Pat Benatar
  • Laughing With by Regina Spektor
  • Human of the Year by Regina Spektor
  • Better by Regina Spektor
  • The Consort by Rufus Wainwright    this song just makes me soar
  • Ordinary Miracle by Sarah Maclachlan
  • Catfish John by The Gertrudes   more fun
  • Detours by Sheryl Crow
  • Strong Enough by Sheryl Crow
  • No One Said it Would Be Easy by Sheryl Crow
  • I Shall Believe by Sheryl Crow
  • The Finer Things by Steve Winwood
  • While You See a Chance by Steve Winwood
  • Fly by Steve Winwood
  • Hold On by Wilson Phillips
  • Just Like Heaven by The Cure
  • Above the Clouds by Cyndi Lauper
  • Thank U by Alanis Morissette
  • Song of the Whale by Tangerine Dream
  • Nostalgia Trails by Tino Izzo

Any other suggestions would be appreciated! The more the merrier!

Now on to the down and dirty; I am not going home tonight. The doctor finally came round (this after showering and washing my hair and getting new sheets and everything!) to say until I am ready for once a day antibiotics, I need to be here. However I can go out on a day pass and spend a few hours in different surroundings. So once we get the specifics from the nurse, we’ll hang here. I will need to come back for overnight. However it is very possible that tomorrow is more promising and I may be let out so that I come in only once a day. It depends on a few things, and they are still being super cautious. It’s as if they were disappointed that as soon as I left I got a fever. Well! So glass, still half full.


7 thoughts on “Playlist

  1. Hey – great employment of music! sending you daily vibrations from nyc and the island and looking forward to a day of music made just for you on sunday. Be good to yourself and let me know if you need any errands run xxcb

  2. Hey Sus! Read the newest post, then looked back through these. Figure you probably know this one, aimed more at breast cancer, but I find it inspiring: Martina McBride, I’m Gonna Love You Through It. And another country-ish song that helped me through a rough time: If You’re Going Through Hell by Rodney Atkins. And these for making me move: And We Danced by the Hooters, Goody Two Shoes by Adam Ant. So many more WONDERFUL songs out there, thanks for sharing your list! I think of you guys often, constant prayers headed in your direction!!

  3. Got that one (this is the duet version with kd lang and is just so spiritual and chilling, always reminds me of the first time I heard Jane sing it at Queens several years back at Grant Hall. Did you go to that? Goosebumps!

    Since then, I remembered that I forgot to add Morning Has Broken by Cat Stevens. Sometimes its simplicity and spirituality just makes me cry!

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