music is medicine.

As I wrote in my most recent post – last week – things have been sickly for me lately. Sometimes it just happens that way.

This week, we also have a hurricane rapidly approaching my state as well – so my joints definitely won’t be springing into action just yet.

However, I’ve been working on some fabulous things as I’m resting and recovering. . .

We’ve started decorating the Hippie Hut for Fall and Halloween, my favorite. ❤

Our Southern Christian Writer’s Conference is holding a Writeathon all week too – so I’ll be doing lots of working on my book as well as writing here. ❤

Football has returned! (More fantastic Fall things, I say.)

I’ve been making all of my plans for my coursework at Mississippi State. (Yep, I’m officially an – ahem, old 😉 – student again – and so stinking excited.)

And I’ve been working big on some new playlists with my Apple Radio as I haven’t made any in a long time and my old ones had gotten stale.

Music Is Medicine

I don’t do anything without a soundtrack, whether it’s driving or showering or folding clothes. I often work with the Hamilton musical – gahhh! – playing in the background and one day Sara is just going to leave me at a store for randomly bursting into song. I know it. =D

Some Forever Favorites

Of course, I have some playlists that are always in the mix.

There is one I’ve shared before, My 18 All Time Favorite Songs:

  1. Me and Bobby McGee – Janis Joplin
  2. When A Heart Breaks – Ben Rector
  3. These Days – Foo Fighters
  4. Wild Horses – The Rolling Stones/The Sundays
  5. Oklahoma Sky – Miranda Lambert
  6. Purple Rain – Prince
  7. Desperately Wanting – Better Than Ezra
  8. Hallelujah – Jeff Buckley/Rufus Wainwright
  9. Mad World – Gary Jules
  10. The Man Who Sold The World – David Bowie/Nirvana.
  11. Milwaukee – Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
  12. Murder In The City – The Avett Brothers
  13. Thunder Road – Bruce Springsteen
  14. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night) – Don McLean
  15. Waiting for My Real Life To Begin – Colin Hay
  16. Novocaine – Green Day
  17. Born This Way – Lady Gaga
  18. Into The Mystic – Van Morrison

And another, from the CD we gave away as wedding favors, is Our Wedding Mix:

  1. Best Is Yet To Come – Red
  2. God Gave Me You – Blake Shelton
  3. Oklahoma Sky – Miranda Lambert
  4. Waiting For My Real Life To Begin – Colin Hay
  5. First Dance – Corey Smith
  6. Lovesong – Adele
  7. Grow Old With Me – Mary Chapin Carpenter
  8. Wedding Dress – Matt Nathanson
  9. I Will Be Here – Steven Curtis Chapman
  10. Wonderful Tonight – Eric Clapton
  11. Marry Me – Train
  12. Johnny and June – Heidi Newfield
  13. California Stars – Wilco
  14. Tangled Up In You – Staind

I love both of those so much – but it was time for some new ones as well.

One that I’ve just put together is filled with songs that, for one reason or another, are good mood music for me. ❤

Joy Mix.

  1. Sugar Magnolia – Grateful Dead
  2. What’s The Frequency, Kenneth? – REM
  3. Mexico – Carbon Leaf
  4. Shady Esperanto – Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers
  5. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
  6. Songs About Rain – Gary Allan
  7. Miracle Ticket – Rollin’ In The Hay
  8. A Little Party Never Killed Nobody – Fergie
  9. American Honey – Lady A
  10. Come On Get Higher – Sugarland
  11. Mississippi Girl – Faith Hill
  12. Country Girl – Luke Bryan
  13. Mercedes Benz – Janis Joplin
  14. I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  15. Family – Drew Holcombe
  16. Truckin’ – Grateful Dead
  17. Honey, I’m Good – Andy Grammar
  18. My Shot – Hamilton
  19. If I Had A Million Dollars – Barenaked Ladies
  20. You Don’t Mess Around With Jim – Jim Croce
  21. Margaritaville – Jimmy Buffett
  22. Happy – Pharrell
  23. Raspberry Beret – Prince
  24. A-Yo – Lady Gaga
  25. Not Afraid – Eminem
  26. We Are The Champions – Queen
  27. What Would You Say – Dave Matthews Band
  28. Casey Jones – Grateful Dead
  29. I Only Wanna Be With You – Hootie And The Blowfish
  30. Who Will Save Your Soul – Jewel
  31. Three Little Birds – Bob Marley

There is one other mix I want to share for my fellow spoonies.

I made if for my sickly days, when I have to break out all the meds and the Biofreeze and the Valor and pile up in bed with my Henry.

I’m going to list all the songs with links here – even though it’s a bit long – and then I’ll do a playlist at the end in case someone wants it.

Spoonie Strong Mix.

Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne.

Defying Gravity – Wicked.

Titanium – David Guetta.

Freedom 90 – George Michael.

Let It Be – The Beatles.

Fight Song – Rachel Platten.

Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac.

Touch of Grey – Grateful Dead.

It’s My Life – Bon Jovi.

Dog Days Are Over – Florence And The Machine.

Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer.

Lose Yourself – Eminem.

Standing Outside The Fire – Garth Brooks.

Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves.

Even If – Mercy Me.

Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield.

The Show Must Go On – Queen.

Skyscraper – Demi Lovato.

Here is the playlist for my Spoonie Strong Mix:

  1. Head Above Water – Avril Lavigne
  2. Defying Gravity – Wicked
  3. Titanium – David Guetta
  4. Freedom 90 – George Michael
  5. Let It Be – The Beatles
  6. Touch Of Grey – The Grateful Dead
  7. Don’t Stop – Fleetwood Mac
  8. It’s My Life – Bon Jovi
  9. Dog Days Are Over – Florence and the Machine
  10. Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammer
  11. Lose Yourself – Eminem
  12. Standing Outside The Fire – Garth Brooks
  13. Rainbow – Kacey Musgraves
  14. Even If – Mercy Me
  15. Unwritten – Natasha Bedingfield
  16. The Show Must Go On – Queen
  17. Skyscraper – Demi Lovato

I hope this mix is helpful for my fellow spoonies – and anyone else needing some extra resilience and cheer.

Sometimes music IS the best medicine.

Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Grace and Blessings.


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