A Song and a Story: Mesmerizing Music #AtoZChallenge


Today’s M songs bring back memories of being confined to bed.  One of these stories is humorous while the other comes from one of the most difficult times of my life.

Let’s start with the Celtic mysticism of Enya and her take on the song:

Marble Halls

My sophomore year of college, I had two roommates, and one overcast day one of them put on Enya’s most recent album Sheperds Moon, on repeat.  Although it was mid-afternoon we all promptly fell into a deep sleep.  Enya’s trance-like music forced us into a comatose state against which any desire to wake up and resume studying could not resist.  My bed was in a loft, so I remember fighting the soporific powers of Enya to climb down the ladder.  Finally, I made it to the stereo and hit the off button.  We were saved!!!

The next song and story comes from 15 years later and is by the indie pop artist Feist.

My Moon, My Man

By 2008, I was an adult, had a full-time job, was married, and had a newborn baby.  Three months after my son was born I began experiencing intense pain in my lower back that radiated down my right leg.  Soon I could not walk or even sit without crippling pain.  My employers sent me home and I wasn’t able to go to work for more than two weeks.  I saw various doctors who diagnosed my problem as sciatica but took a long time (and some uncharacteristic yelling on my part) to get them to actually treat the problem.

So I spent many days alone, in bed, my right leg propped up, willing myself not to move and cause pain.  All I could do was listen to the radio, and on WERS, I heard songs I liked by artists who were new to me: “In the Night” by Basia Bulat, “On The Radio” by Regina Spektor, and most significantly “My Moon, My Man” by Feist.  Although these songs remind me of the most miserable time of my life, I have warm feelings toward them because of the comfort and distraction they brought me.


2019 Blogging A to Z Challenge – A Song and a Story

A: Always on My Mind
B: Baby Come Back and Baker Street
C: Cheek to Cheek
D: Don’t Worry, Be Happy and Doctor Jones
E: Everyday Sunshine
F: Fly Me to the Moon
G: Ghost Town
H: Hobo Humpin’ Slobo Babe
I: If I Were John Carpenter
J: Jungle Strut and Justified & Ancient
K: Kiss
L: Loaded

If you want to read more, check out my previous Blogging A to Z Challenges:

And dig deep into Panorama of the Mountains, by checking out my:

And, if you like Doctor Who, I have a whole ‘nother blog where I review Doctor Who stories across media: Epic Mandates.

Ten Favorite Songs of 2007


The project continues with my favorite songs of 2007.  Read the first post for the detail on this project.

Challengers – The New Pornographers

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LDN – Lily Allen

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Missed the Boat – Modest Mouse

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My Moon My Man – Feist

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Paper Planes – M.I.A.

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Seven Days of the Week – They Might Be Giants

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Tears Dry on Their Own – Amy Winehouse

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Tell Me ‘Bout It – Joss Stone

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Time to Pretend – MGMT

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To the Dogs or Whoever – Josh Ritter

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And my song of shame for 2007: American Wedding – Gogol Bordello

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 And what are YOUR favorite songs from the year of 2007?