Looks like we made it…

Well, would ya look at that?! I survived my very first 30 days of posting… in a row. I had a blast!! I gotta admit, I had a few doubts at first, but when it came down to it, the timing of this challenge couldn’t have been better. I’m a planner, and until the last 10 days, I was about a week or so ahead with the posts, and I wrote a huge chunk of the 30 posts from my bed when I was forced off my feet for 21 days, post non-cancerous nerve-tumor removal. I did enjoy writing from my bed. Get your mind outta the gutter. My bedroom is quiet and I was free of many distractions up there. I love my kids, but as the hubs quickly learned while I was laid up — it’s hard to get anything done with 2 little ones needing you seemingly every second. So, being able to write uninterrupted, sometimes pumping out 2-3 posts in a matter of an hour or two in the comfort of my bedroom was a luxury…

Then, April 17th happened.

My niece was rushed to the hospital due to difficulty breathing and 3 holes in her heart. She went into the NICU at Detroit Children’s Hospital, and after an MRI uncovered massive brain trauma, they released her Tuesday on hospice home-care. It has been mentally & physically exhausting to say the least. I will be talking more about this in the coming days & weeks, I’m sure. Hard to focus on much else right now.

I was relieved I had scheduled my posts a week ahead, so I could leave everything to be there for my sister at the hospital for a few days. If I hadn’t written ahead, I probably wouldn’t have cared much if I did get behind though. Shit happens, and priorities tend to shift when it does. When I arrived home with my family, feeling somewhat useless again, I cracked open my laptop and started writing about music. It was incredibly therapeutic to have a healthy distraction to keep my mind full of positive memories associated with one of my favorite topics: music. Most of these posts flowed out of me so freely and giddily. There were a few posts where it took more time to find a decent video to share than write! Let’s just say that if I could get paid to write about music, it would be my ideal job, especially at this point in my life.

I don’t know if you noticed, but I did place a couple of tiny goals upon myself over the 30 Day Song Challenge, aiming to come up with a well-rounded selection of 30 different artists, trying to relate each prompt with some sort of memory or story to share. Excuse me, 29 different artists. I tried! I may not have achieved all of those goals, but sometimes, if you try the best you can, the best you can is good enough. Hope you enjoyed a bigger peak into my life during the month of April. A part of me wants to go another 30 days, do it all over again with Beatles or Radiohead songs. I really think it’s possible. The only tricky part would be coming up with something negative about 2 bands so close to my heart. But hey, there’s always Fitter Happier & Revolution #9.

In case you missed a day or two, rere’s a recap of my music-filled month!
30 Day Song Challenge: Day 1, Favorite Song These Are The Days: 10,000 Maniacs
Day 2, Your Least Favorite Song Owner of a Lonely Heart, Yes
Day 3, A Song That Makes You Happy Lovely Rita, The Beatles
Day 4, A Song That Makes You Sad Godspeed (Sweet Dreams), Dixie Chicks
Day 5, A Song That Reminds You of Someone Kiss Me, Harry Connick Jr
Day 6, A Song that Reminds you of Somewhere Rock Me Right, Susan Tedeschi
Day 7, A Song That Reminds you of a Certain Event Zak & Sara, Ben Folds
Day 8, A Song You Know All the Words to Holiday, Green Day
Day 9, A Song You Can Dance To Shake ’em on Down, North Mississippi Allstars
Day 10, A Song That Makes You Fall Asleep Subterranean Homesick Alien, Radiohead
Day 11, A Song From Your Favorite Band Do It Again, Queens of the Stone Age
Day 12, A Song from a Band You Hate Mindtrip, Nonpoint.
Day 13, A Song That is a Guilty Pleasure Talk Dirty to Me, Poison
Day 14, A Song No One Would Expect You To Love O Mio Babbino Caro, Maria Calla
Day 15, A Song That Describes You The Ocean, Led Zeppelin
Day 16, A Song You Used to Love but Now Hate Angel, Sarah McLachlan
Day 17, A Song You Hear Often on the Radio Panic Switch, Silversun Pickups
Day 18, A Song You Wish You Heard on the Radio Wilt, Blind Melon
Day 19, A Song From Your Favorite Album Electioneering, Radiohead
Day 20, A Song You Listen To When You’re Angry You Oughta Know, Alanis Morissette
Day 21, A Song You Enjoy Singing in the Car Rich, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Day 22, A Song That Inspires You Scratch Your Name, The Noisettes
Day 23, A Song You Want Played At Your Wedding The Story, Brandi Carlille
Day 24, A Song You Want Played at Your Funeral Great Gig in the Sky, Pink Floyd
Day 25, A Song That Makes You Laugh Rock Your Socks, Tenacious D
Day 26, A Song You Can Play on an Instrument This Is Love, PJ Harvey
Day 27, A Song You Wish You Could Play Three Days, Jane’s Addiction
Day 28, A Song That Makes You Feel Guilty Chocolate Salty Balls, Chef [South Park]
Day 29, A Song From Your Childhood Sir Psycho Sexy, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Day 30, Your Favorite Song at this Time Last Year Elephants, Them Crooked Vultures; Honorable mention, Terra Incognita, Juliette Lewis

Did you check out the other blogs participating? I’ll keep that blogroll up for another few days to give you a chance to catch up with them. Do you have a favorite song or story among the list I just shared? What are your thoughts about daily posts for 30 days? Are you sick of me yet?!

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  1. Posted May 3, 2011 at 2:57 am | Permalink

    Thanks so much for coming up with such a great idea. Congrats for keeping up with the daily posting amidst such a trying time for your family.

    See you ’round the blogosphere!

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