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Sarcastic Song Shuffle

The Sarcastic Song Shuffle is a monthly feature hosted by The Sarcastic Palmtree. I liked the idea of this, and music is a big part of writing, so of course I had to participate.

All you do is grab your iPod/iPhone/whatever you listen to music on, hit shuffle and list the next 10 songs that show up.

Here's my playlist:


1. Living a Lie - Griffin Peterson

2. Woman Like You - Lee Brice
3. I Do (Cherish You) - Mark Wills
4. Footloose - Kenny Loggins
5. I Dare You to Move - Switchfoot
6. Barefoot Blue Jean Night - Jake Owens
7. Walk a Little Straighter Daddy - Billy Currington
8. She's in Love with the Boys - Trisha Yearwood
9. I Can't Love You Back - Justin Moore
10. Gone Like That - Josh Kelly

What would be on your playlist?

This is a blog hop, so be sure to head over to the Sarcastic Palmtree to see her list as well as links to more lists! Great way to find new music and see what others listen to. :)

Sarcastic Song Shuffle

I love music and listen to it all the time. I've been a slacker at posting lately. I haven't read much lately, although I'm about to start Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, and I haven't seen any funny commercials either! After tweeting about it, Kristalyn, a blogger from The Sarcastic Palmtree, suggested that I do the Sarcastic Song Shuffle. I met Kristalyn and the Sarcastic Palmtree family earlier this week and they are awesome! Loved meeting them. Go check out their blog!



Okay, so how does it work? Well, every month, they hit shuffle in their iPods and share the songs that come up to share some of the music they love. Pretty cool, right? As long as none of those "Don't Judge Me" songs pop up, that is! Either way, it's fun and I enjoyed reading the June edition.

So, here's me giving a go at it. These are the first ten songs that play when I hit shuffle.

1. "Recovery" by Frank Turner
2. "Rain is a Good Thing" by Luke Bryan
3. "Operate" by Three Days Grace
4. "18 Days" by Saving Abel
5. "Sign of the Times" by Three Days Grace
6. "Living in the Moment" by Jason Mraz 
7. "Glad You Came" by The Wanted
8. "If I Die Young" by The Band Perry
9. "Chicks Dig It" by Chris Cagle
10. "Try" by P!nk

It's funny what shuffle picked because four of those songs I usually skip. Could you guess which those might be?

My Top Ten Favorite Songs of All Time

Today, I was singing (badly) at the top of my lungs to some of my favorite songs and it got me thinking about my top ten favorites of all time. So I made a list and I figured I would share that with y'all. These are the songs that I would choose if I had to listen to only ten songs for the rest of my life. These are the songs that always make me feel better and these are the songs that I am always in the mood to listen to. (All the links will take you to YouTube to a music video.)

In no particular order:

  • When a Man Loves a Woman - Michael Bolton. I have this one and the Percy Sledge version on my iTunes. While I listen to them both, Michael Bolton's is my favorite. To get my fix when I'm driving, sometimes I'll put it on repeat for the entire trip.
  • Simple Man - Shinedown. I know there is the Lynyrd Skynrd version, but I love Shinedown's so much more. Usually when I listen to this song, the volume is up as loud as it will go and it plays about three times before I'll move on to the next song.
  • (God Must Have Spent) A Little More Time on You - *NSYNC. I grew up listening to these boys and this is the main song that stuck around all these years later. I love, love, love this song.
  • Lean on Me - Bill Withers. I mean, really. Who doesn't love this song? 
  • Man in the Mirror - Michael Jackson. I feel bad for whoever is near me when this song comes on. I sing so terribly loud and I can't sing. At all. This is one of my top lifts-my-mood songs too.
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green. This is close second behind the Michael Bolton song in terms of old songs. I have to play this one at least twice before moving on.
  • Back to One - Mark Wills. Close your eyes and listen to it. *happy sigh*
  • I'll Follow You - Shinedown. Another Shinedown song made the list. This isn't a surprise because they are my favorite band. I turn the volume up and belt out all the words. 
  • I'll Be There - Jackson 5. I always liked this song, but in the 7th grade, I had a teacher who would play music similar to this every day before he started his lecture. Every time I heard it, I fell more and more in love with it and now it's on my top ten of all time!
  • Lips of an Angel - Hinder. Thanks to my sister, this song has made the list. It makes me want to sing, sing loud, and it doesn't matter who hears me. This has been a favorite of mine since the first time I heard it.
There you go! Those are my top ten favorite songs of all time. Are any of these on your list too? What songs would make your list?

About the Songs Mentioned in Don't Panic

As a reminder, these are the songs mentioned in Don't Panic:
  • "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
  • "Miss Me" by Andy Grammer
  • "God Must Have Spent a Little More Time On You" by N'Snyc
  • "Without You" by Keith Urban
  • "God Gave Me You" by Blake Shelton
  • "Fall into Me" by Brantley Gilbert
  • "My Kind of Crazy" by Brantley Gilbert
For those that have read Don't Panic, did you wonder why I chose those songs? If you did, I'm here to tell you why!

The songs served a purpose. It wasn't about how it was Eli that was singing those songs. It wasn't about the fact that love is involved in those songs. It actually has nothing to do with the lyrics at all. I chose those songs because those are the few that I listen to when I'm having a panic attack. It was about the ability those songs had to relax me. How I could get lost in them and my worries would fade away.

That's why I chose those particular songs. They are on my phone under a playlist that I have just for attacks. Hopefully, you now understand why those were chosen. Not because of anything other than the fact that they can relax me during my attacks. In turn, Sam found them relaxing as well. The songs provided just the right amount of distraction we needed to bring the attacks down from it's climax.

You can look at my Don't Panic playlist on YouTube to find more songs that I find perfect for my anxiety attacks.

When I Need Inspiration I...

Inspiration is hard to come by sometimes. I have a couple of different techniques to help me become inspired. Today, I'm going to share those with you.

  • Listen to music. Pretty much any kind of music. My favorites range from country to R&B to rap to rock to the oldies.
  • My family. Sometimes, I get inspired by what is happening in our lives.
  • Reading. This should be first. Reading is the best way to get inspired. When I read a wonderful book, motivation sets in and I'm off to my laptop.
  • Quotes. Quotes are a fantastic source of inspiration. They really get my mind going.
  • Pictures. What a great way to wonder what the story is behind a picture and then creating it.
These are my top five resources for inspiration. What inspires you?