Sunday, June 21, 2009

100 Songs To Save Your Life

1 Blind Melon – No Rain
2 Bette Midler – The Rose
3 Tanya Tucker – Delta Dawn
4 Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
5 Bob Marley – Three Little Birds
6 Bob Marley – Redemption Song
7 Elton John – Circle of Life
8 Eminem – Stan
9 The Turtles – Happy Together
10 Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want to Have Fun
11 The Rolling Stones – (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
12 Jefferson Airplane – White Rabbit
13 Nirvana – Sliver
14 John Lennon – Imagine
15 Katrina and the Waves – Walking on Sunshine
16 Eddie Rabbitt – I Love a Rainy Night
17 Eagles – Wasted Time
18 Metallica – One
19 The Doors – People Are Strange
20 Marilyn Monroe – Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend
21 Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
22 Pantera – Walk
23 Bobby McFerrin – Don't Worry Be Happy
24 Gavin DeGraw – I Don't Want to Be
25 Jimmy Eat World – Hear You Me
26 Death Cab for Cutie – I Will Follow You Into the Dark
27 Kenny Chesney – Back Where I Come From
28 Céline Dion – Calling you
29 The Guess Who – American Woman
30 Annie Soundtrack – Tommorow
31 Dixie Chicks – Some Days You Gotta Dance
32 Nirvana – Love Buzz
33 4 Non Blondes – Spaceman
34 Plain White T's – Hey There Delilah
35 Lynyrd Skynyrd – Sweet Home Alabama
36 Sinéad O'Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U
37 Pink Floyd – Wish You Were Here
38 Enrique Iglesias – Hero
39 The Replacements – Here Comes a Regular
40 Jo Dee Messina – Heads Carolina, Tails California
41 Natalie Merchant – Carnival
42 Harry McClintock – The Big Rock Candy Mountain
43 Tool – Sober
44 The Knack – My Sharona
45 Counting Crows – A Long December
46 Neil Young – Rockin' in the Free World
47 Johnny Cash – I've Been Everywhere
48 U2 – One
49 John Mayer – Waiting on the World to Change
50 Billy Currington – Good Directions
51 Sara Gazarek – You Are My Sunshine
52 R.E.M. – Losing My Religion
53 Johnny Cash – I Walk the Line
54 Live – Lightning Crashes
55 Chubby Checker – The Twist
56 Nirvana – Where Did You Sleep Last Night
57 U2 – With or Without You
58 Le Tigre – We Like the Cars That Go Boom
59 Led Zeppelin – Ten Years Gone
60 Tim McGraw – My Next Thirty Years
61 Ani DiFranco – Untouchable Face
62 Annie Soundtrack – It's a Hard Knock Life
63 LeAnn Rimes – Blue
64 Nirvana – Smells Like Teen Spirit
65 Nirvana – The Man Who Sold the World
66 Stevie Ray Vaughan – Cold Shot
67 Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – Don't Come Around Here No More
68 Alison Krauss – Down To The River To Pray
69 Gillian Welch, Alison Krauss & Emmylou Harris – Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby
70 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Bad Reputation
71 Mandy Moore – Wild Hope
72 Landon Pigg – Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop
73 Cat Stevens – Wild World
74 Edie Brickell and New Bohemians – What I Am
75 Drugstore – Baby Astrolab
76 Amos Lee – Bottom of the Barrel
77 Sheryl Crow – Soak Up the Sun
78 Howie Day – Perfect Time of Day
79 Lenka – Live Like You're Dying
80 The Weepies – World Spins Madly On
81 Bette Midler – When a Man Loves a Woman
82 The Smurfs – You're A Pink Toothbrush
83 Screeching Weasel – Cool Kids
84 Joe Cocker – With A Little Help From My Friends
85 Lou Reed – Walk on the Wild Side
86 Everclear – Summerland
87 Rihanna – Umbrella
88 Digable Planets – Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)
89 Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart
90 Adele – Make You Feel My Love
91 Kerli – Butterfly Cry
92 Johnny Clegg and Savuka – Woman be My Country
93 Too $hort – The Ghetto
94 Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Tha Crossroads
95 Otis Redding – (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay (take 1)
96 Kings of Leon – Closer
97 Peter, Paul & Mary – Puff The Magic Dragon
98 James Taylor – Fire and Rain
99 Mazzy Star – Blue Flower
100 Anna Nalick – Breathe (2 AM)

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These are in no particular order. Enjoy!


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

I was reminded the other day of one of my all-time favorite movies that really had a LARGE impact on my life. That movie is (drum roll please) ... Dead Poets Society!

I wrote poetry at the time and boy is this movie filled with some of the best. Plus there are some fabulous quotes as well.

Here are some of my faves:

"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?"

"There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for."

McAllister: "Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man."
John Keating: "But only in their dreams can men be truly free. 'Twas always thus, and always thus will be."

"Excrement! That's what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard! We're not laying pipe! We're talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? "I like Byron, I give him a 42 but I can't dance to it!""

"Now we all have a great need for acceptance, but you must trust that your beliefs are unique, your own, even though others may think them odd or unpopular, even though the herd may go "that's baaaaad." Robert Frost said, "Two roads diverged in the wood and I, I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.""


"I went into the woods because I wanted to live deliberately. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life ... to put to rout all that was not life; and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."

"When you read, don't just consider what the author thinks, consider what you think."

I'm really glad that I could share these with you. If you have not seen this movie, then I highly, highly recommend it. I mean, really. Go. Now. Yes, right now.

Dead Poets Society changed me deep in my soul. You see, if you've seen the movie, I was a lot like Todd Anderson ... and always wanted to be like Charlie Dalton or Neil Perry. I was quiet, reserved, shy, terrified of public speaking, reclusive. I didn't "suck the marrow out of life" ~ I "choked on the bone." The only way that I was really able to survive the whole high school experience was through my poetry.

I am different now. Still terrified of public speaking, but I'm not quiet, reserved, shy or reclusive anymore. I found strength within myself that I was never able to tap into, until after school. If any of you are experiencing anything like I was at that time, I suggest that you seriously watch this movie. Even though it won't fix things, I believe that it will make you feel better about yourself, about poetry and about life. If nothing else, you'll be able to admit that you've seen one of the best movies of all times!!!
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