In an effort to inject some positivity into my daily mindset and the online world I have created a Daily Gratitude Challenge and I am inviting everyone to participate. If you have missed my introductory post that explains the challenge and maps out the daily post schedule, visit here.
Day 14 of the Daily Gratitude Challenge focuses on songs and pieces of music that you are grateful for. A universal language, music is the one thing that we all have in common. Whether it is a song that makes you smile, reminds you of an amazing moment, celebration or a favourite memory, this is an opportunity to think about the songs and pieces of music that you are grateful for.
Songs I Am Most Grateful For
I’m grateful for these songs and pieces of music because of the memories and emotions that they evoke whenever I hear them. I have managed to keep the list down to just ten.
Journey: Don’t Stop Believing. It has followed me throughout my life – I even walked down the aisle to it. This is still a song that will ensure I receive drunken 2am calls from friends who are singing it loudly down to phone to me in whatever nightclub they are dancing in.
RENT: No Day But Today. The Bloke has this engraved on the inside of his wedding ring – it is my favourite song from my favourite musical and makes me cry every time I hear it. The lyrics are incredibly profound.
Jerry Herman: I Won’t Send Roses. This was one of my grandfather’s favourite song, and my favourite version of it is sung by Robert Preston. It’s a beautiful piece of music and I remember spending many hours at the weekends listening to it while visiting him at his flat.
Def Leppard: When Love and Hate Collide. This song has helped me through some tough times – the chorus in particular contains some harmonies that I refer to as ‘gut chords’ – they’re so powerful it is possible to feel them in the gut. I have loved it from the first time that I heard it and it is one of my ‘go to’ songs that I listen to when I am in need of comfort.
Samuel Barber: Adagio for Strings. This was the first classical piece of music that I fell in love with and one of my greatest memories is playing this on stage with a large string orchestra.
Bryan Ferry: Slave to Love. There is something about this song that makes me feel content, like good things are going to happen.
Beach Boys: God Only Knows. I have a love/hate relationship with this song as it evokes both happy and very painful memories. However, I can’t help but smile every time I hear the introduction.
Skunk Anansie: Lately. Similarly to Def Leppard, I almost feel the chords within the chorus in my gut. At university there was one person who I secretly had an enormous crush on, and my mind was blown when he suddenly started to play this song – nobody else seemed to have heard of it.
Glen Campbell: Rhinestone Cowboy. My mum is a Glen Campell obsessive and so I grew up listening to his music. While I didn’t appreciate it at the time, I found myself voluntarily listening to it when I moved into my own home. I took my mum to see him during his farewell tour a few years before he passed away, and I’m so grateful that we got the chance to see him perform in person.
Angry Anderson: Suddenly. A rather guilty pleasure, I watched Charlene walk down the aisle to marry Scott in Neighbours while this song played in the background, and to my 8 year old self it seemed like the very definition of love. I’ve listened to it for years, and cried like a baby when Ness used the same song in Gavin and Stacey, even though it was a parody.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 1: It’s the Little Things task, visit here.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 2: It’s All About You task, visit here.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 3: Moments and Memories, visit here.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 4: The Greatest Advice I’ve Ever Received, visit here.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 5: Who Are You Most Grateful For, visit here.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 6: Challenges You Have Overcome, visit here.
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 7: Travel Experiences, visit here
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 8: Favourite Books, visit here
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 9: The Future, visit here
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 10: Traditions and Events, visit here
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 11: Here and Now, visit here
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 12: Greatest Gifts, visit here
For the Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 13: Luxuries, visit here
Want to participate in the Daily Gratitude Challenge?
There are lots of ways in which you can participate in the Daily Gratitude Challenge:
- Write a blog post about the advice that you are most grateful for and share it in the comment section below.
- Share your posts in my daily link-ups on my Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #DailyGratitudeChallenge.
- Share your images for the topic of the day on Instagram, tag my Instagram account (@suzie81speaks) and use the hashtag #DailyGratitudeChallenge and I will share as many as I can on my Instagram stories.
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