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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

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Friday, March 30, 2012

Songs that move me blogfest

The spunky Diane Wolfe http://circleoffriendsbooks.blogspot.com/ is hosting her first blogfest today, Songs that inspire you. Diane is one of the first friends I made through blogging and she is just delightful. So please, check her blog out if you haven't already done so.

Here is the list of songs that inspire me:

  • Amazing Grace
  • You'll Never Walk Alone 
  • Make Someone Happy
  • Sunrise Sunset
  • Blowin' in the Wind
  • Somewhere
  • People
  • Danny Boy
  • I Believe
  • Climb Every Mountain
Happy Blogfest, Diane.


welcome to my world of poetry said...

Wonderful list Karen knew every one esoecially Danny Boy, I could spend a day writing about such songs to limited them was hard,


J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Karen,

I do know some of your choices. Blowing in the Wind and I Believe are two that touch me too.

There's also something about Ray Coniff's version of the 23rd Psalm that makes me want to weep every time I hear it.

Nice to meet you!

Kyra Lennon said...

Great choices!

Jemi Fraser said...

Such a great list! At each one, my brain said, "Oh, why didn't I think of that one???"

baygirl32 said...

Amazing Grace - that is a real tear jerker (prehaps because I only ever hear it at funerals)

Have you heard the Muppets version of Danny Boy?

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Karen, those are some oldies but goodies.

Tamara Narayan said...

Classic choices -- very nice.

Jules said...

What's Diane mean, oldies? :) Still "Blowin' in the wind" but wanted to say hey.
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

John Teal said...

As I have been looking at other peoples lists I have been thinking of others that I could add to mine. Not because I see them listed but because peoples songs and comments make me think of memories and the songs i attach to them.

Karen Walker said...

Yvonne, me too
JL - haven't heard that
Kyra, thank you
Jemi, I know, me too
Babygirl, Muppets and Danny Boy - can't say I have heard that
Diane, sorry, I love the "oldies"
Tamara, thanks
Jules, yeah, I know - I wondered myself
John, sometimes I spend a day and when I hear a word, a song pops in my brain - it can drive me crazy

Tonja said...

Amazing Grace reminds me of my grandparents - I distinctly remember going to church with them and singing this song with them. It makes me miss them.

Retro-Zombie said...

classic and ones that should be on the sad list... thank you!

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Susan Flett Swiderski said...

WONDERFUL choices! (And I know all of 'em!) I just came from Alex's blog, and I wasn't familiar with a single song he had listed. Talk about making me feel OLD!

Arlee Bird said...

These are all absolute classics. Thematically I wouldn't call them all sad, but I can see how they could connect to sad memories or a feeling of wistfulness. Great list.

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Karen Walker said...

Tonja, everyone's talking about Amazing Grace from Church but the first I heard it was by Judy Collins.
Retro Zombie, thanks
Susan, yeah, I told Alex it made me feel old.
Arlee, hmmm.

vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

amazing grace
is my
favorite song!

Clarissa Draper said...

All really great songs!

Sangu Mandanna said...

Ohhh I love Climb Every Mountain! The scene at the end of Sound of Music, where they're walking over the hill with this song playing, just gets me every time.

Anna Smith said...

Oh Amazing Grace, forgot all about that song! :)

Gossip_Grl said...

I agree on Amazing Grace. I feel it is more touching when I hear it played with the bagpipes tho. Hearing the pipes gives me goosebumps.

Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

A very spiritual list you have here. My step dad used to listen to "You'll Never Walk Alone" by either Jan Pierce or Mario Lanza (opera dudes).

~Sia McKye~ said...

You have some classic songs here, Karen. Always have loved Blowin' in the Wind and I Believe.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Amazing Grace is always sad.

Karen Walker said...

Vic, don't think I could pick an all-time have
Clarissa, thanks
Sangu, I know, I know
Anna, isn't it fun to see how many songs we haven't thought of
Gossipgirl, ooh, I've never heard it with bagpipes
Wendy, I forgot about You;ll Never Walk Alone - love that song
Sia, me,too
Alex, sad, but hopeful, too

Denise Mitchell said...

A fantastic list of golden oldies!

I love every one of those songs and would have them on my sad song list any day.

Claudia Moser said...

Love your choices!

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

I'm very excited because this is a list of songs I recognize and enjoy! :) I was feeling very out of the loop earlier today! Beautiful songs here and I think I know every one of them. Nice picks.

Cynthia said...

Amazing Grace is a beautiful song. I look forward to reading your posts during A to Z. I will also be participating!

Emily R. King said...

I almost chose Amazing Grace. And Danny Boy? How did I not think of that!

Great picks.

I'm a new follower of this blog!

M Pax said...

I confess to choking up to whenever I hear any of your selections. I can't sing them without crying. Great picks.

Jessica said...

I like your choices and I'm looking forward to seeing what you write for A to Z!

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N. R. Williams said...

Great list.

Hart Johnson said...

Nice list of some very classic songs, Karen! Amazing Grace on bagpipes gets my waterworks going.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Forgot all about Danny Boy! That is a good one.
Great list!

Annalisa Crawford said...

Amazing Grace when accompanied on bagpipes is one of my favourite songs. (I admit, I love the sound of bagpipes!)

Mary Aalgaard, Play off the Page said...

Great list. "Sunrise, Sunset." Oh, dear, I'm already tearing up and my boy is soon off to college.

Karen Walker said...

Denise, thanks so much
Claudia, me, too
Elizabeth, LOL, me, too, so out of the loop on most of the song choices in this blogfest
Cynthia, thank you - I'll look for you as well
Emily, thanks for that
M Pax, me either
Jessica, yes, the a-z will be very interesting
Nancy, thanks
Hart, so many have said Amazing Grace on bagpipes - I've never heard it that way - now I have to go find it
Heather, I forgot so many songs that have been mentioned
Annalisa, yes, I'm going to have to find a version like that
Mary, I'm singing Sunrise Sunset with my Sugartime group and it's hard to get thru it without crying

Connie Arnold said...

That's a terrific list of songs, Karen! They all have a way of tugging at your heart. I'm glad you began the list with Amazing Grace. Definitely inspiring!

Maryann Miller said...

I really love all these songs. I almost put "Blowing in the Wind" and "Climb Every Mountain" on my list. There are just so many great songs that touch us it is hard to pick just a few.

Kate said...

Ooh! Blowin in the wind - I haven't heard that song for so long, its a classic, great list.

Jennie Bailey said...

I love Amazing Grace no matter who sings it. And I love Blowin' in the Wind and Danny Boy as well. So, so good! Great list!

Helen Ginger said...

Good choices of songs, Karen. There's a song from eons ago, when I was young. Can't think of the title. But it starts with, We were out on a date in her daddy's car. We hadn't driven very far, when there on the road, straight ahead, a car was stalled, the engine was dead.... [The lyrics may be a bit different but those are the words in my head.]

Munir said...

How about Float on?

Munir said...

How about Float on?

Liv said...

I knew about half the songs, but I'm definitely going to look the rest up. Amazing Grace also has to be one of my favorite hymns.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

Donna Hole said...

I love Amazing Grace. A beautiful song. I recognized a couple others as well.