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Day 23: Listen to Twenty-Three Songs that Shifted Your Life


by Megan Orcholski
[Learn more about #30DaysofMegan]

My mom teases me because I very often say, “Oh, I love this song!”

It’s true, I love a lot of songs.

But there have been several songs that I distinctly remember impacting my life.

Whether it was striking me the very first time I heard them, being so engrained into a part of my life or learning it at a very late age, all of these song have shifted me.

Here is what I will be listening to today in a loose chronological order of when they impacted me:
(when I say *by, it is referencing the version I love, not who wrote or originally performed it)
All the videos are below individually, but you can also listen to these 23 songs in a playlist on YouTube!! Just go here:  #30 Days of Megan Day 23 Playlist

 Walkin’ on Broken Glass by Annie Lenox

Heaven is a Place on Earth by Belinda Carlisle

Sunshine by Jonathan Edwards

You never Even Call Me By My Name by David Allen Coe

I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston

Stay by Lisa Loeb

I Want You to Want Me by Cheap Trick

The hidden track on Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette

Never is a Promise by Fiona Apple

Come to My Window by Melissa Etheridge

Down to the River to Pray by Alison Krauss

Kashmir By Led Zeppelin

Blackbird by the Beatles

Amie by Pure Prairies League

Let it Bleed by The Rolling Stones

And it Stoned Me by Van Morrison

Goodbye My Lover by James Blunt

Helplessly Hoping by Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

Gravity by Sara Bareilles

Feelin’ Good by Nina Simone
(This video is also awesome!)

The Chain by Ingrid Michaelson

Born this Way by Lady Gaga

Some Nights by Fun

 If you want to hear any of the stories, or want to discuss any of the songs, please feel free to comment! I’d love to talk about them and hear ones that moved your life.

Blend Practice 5K

preblendThis is how the Blend Practice 5K went for yours truly.  I ran my race on Sunday morning, while the weather was on the rise.  I started out with a long sleeved wicking shirt over a running tank, but ditched the long sleeves not even a mile into the run.  But I’m getting way ahead of myself, here. Let’s rewind a little bit.

I was more nervous for this race than any sort of “official” race I’d run to date. After much hemming and hawing, I decided this had something to do with self-imposed pressure.  My mind was down with playing games all weekend long, especially on Sunday morning as I was preparing for my 3.1 miles. 

I had made a fairly short and sweet playlist for the Blend 5K.  I chose songs that I knew would keep me moving even if I didn’t want to be moving. 


I tend to hold on to lyrics and use them to fuel me through the rough patches. Young the Giant’s “My Body” was a must on this playlist. I restarted it at least four times during my run.

young the giant

I ran a simple out and back course in a neighborhood I was familiar with, having run in it a time or two before. It’s flat, like woah, and near the water, which is often a welcomed running scene.  I walked for about a quarter mile to warm up before starting my playlist and setting off along my route.

I started out WAY too fast here.  I was running sub 9 for the first half mile before I realized I wasn’t doing myself any favors. I tried to tell myself that I could run smart from this point forward, but I was having a hard time finding the pace I needed and wanted to run at consistently. 


Not too long after my first mile, a car and I played chicken trying to get one another to go first, as it was backing out of it’s driveway, and I was waiting to cross.  I stopped jogging in place, eventually, and paused my watch.  It couldn’t have been more than a few seconds, but the uber-quick rest was a taste of something I wanted more of – and eventually I was stopping after every few minutes of running to walk for a bit before starting the cycle again. 

Not a big deal, I know.  I started to get really in my head about the whole thing and was being down on myself about a less than stellar performance when I realized I had the opportunity to turn this poor “race” into a strong speed training run. 

I continued running 3.1 miles, but I stopped my feet, and my watch, to stretch, adjust, and recover after pushing myself for several minutes of hard running.  After changing my mindset and declaring it a speed workout, I kept up with that sub 9 pace, bringing me in under my goal of 30 minutes.  It just wasn’t a true 5K PR because it was 30 minutes of speedy running with recovery seconds in between.

The kicker of course, is that speed workouts like my Blend 5K experience are the exact training methods that are going to help prepare me to run a SMART sub 30 5K this July.  I think that means I won this practice race. But- no!, seriously; all of you who ran it with us won this race, too.  That’s the best thing about this community: once we hit the top, there’s no stopping us…

jason mraz

Well, onto 15K Training: Let’s discuss!


I ran a great four mile, slow and steady, run about town on Monday.  I left me feeling really confident about being able to finish my race next weekend.  My current goal for the race is to PR.  My current 15K time is 1:51:37.  I will be ecstatic with any time, of course, but I’d preparing mentally for sub 1:50. [When I started training for this 15K, I was thinking about training for 1:36. That seems RIDICULOUS right now.]

I’ve been toying with the idea of running sans Garmin the past few weeks.  As I told her in the comments, when I saw that Meghann posted about a Garmin-free run last week, I knew I must fit one in my schedule soon.  I’m looking forward to running without being slave to the pace-space on my wrist.  I am anticipating a mind-game free run this week!

I’m also making sure to take one full rest day this weekend before my last pre-race long run on Sunday morning.  I made sure to write “Yoga for at least 20 minutes!” in my day planner for Thursday.  It’s one of my goals for this week to do one of the “Yoga for Runners” podcasts I recently downloaded from ITunes [for FREE!!] to add a little something new to my weekly workouts.


And oh my word – I have already preplanned and drafted my training plan for post 15K.  I’ve made some decisions I’m very excited about and will most likely be sharing soon.  Don’t want to over kill on the running talk in one night. Hmmmm. Never thought I’d be the kind of girl to say that.

Campus Frequency

Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of guest lecturing via Skype to a University of Iowa communications class.  [It was an awesome experience, by the by!]  Since the class, I’ve been communicating with some of the students from the class about all things blog.  I love that classes these days are teaching about social media and the blogging community.  I’m pretty nerdy when it comes to blog-talk, and the fact that some higher education is focusing on the subjects I too am crazed over totally rises the excitement levels at THS Headquarters 😉

One of the student’s I’ve been chatting with is Kendall who writes about her experiences at  KRUI, the University of Iowa’s college radio station, at Campus Frequency.  Kendall has suggested many a fabulous musician to my ears and I asked her to share some favorites here on THS for us all to enjoy.  She put together a great list, perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.  Get your downloading fingers ready, and enjoy 😉

Oh, lookie! Another YouTube playlist – this time of all the songs listed in this post 😀 Booyah!


Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice: “A Mix for Giving Thanks” by Campus Frequency

1. Birch Trees & Broken Barns by Caroline Smith & The Good Night Sleeps

This is the perfect little song to tote with you as you take a last-minute stroll through your local apple orchard. Minneapolis resident Caroline Smith’s crisp voice is as delightful as a honeycrisp.

2. Untitled 101 by Peter Wolf Crier

This song is to grace as this playlist is to Thanksgiving dinner.

3. Gravity by Zoe Boekbinder

Zoe Boekbinder is a sweet potato from California who recruited one of my midwestern friends to compose beats on her latest album Darling Specimens. This song, like little cousins playing before Thanksgiving dinner,  is a little hyper, a little awkward, but a lot lovely.

4. Walk Through A Cloud by The Donkeys

This song extends a hearty “welcome home,” in musical form.

5. Boil & Fight by Nathaniel Rateliff   

If you listen to one song on this playlist— pick this one. The harmonies are so right on, and the sentiment is so sweet. The rasp of Rateliff’s voice is as comforting and warm as the crackling of a fireplace.

6. Goodness Gracious by The Heligoats

The gooey sing-talking voice of frontman Chris Otepka is so honest. This track feels just like having a good talk with a relative you haven’t seen in awhile.

7. To Exit This Circular Highway by Elephant Micah   

A great driving song from a songwriter named Joe O’Connell based in Bloomington, Indiana. O’Connell has been working independently as a musician, crafting many folk gems, for nearly a decade.   
8. Blindsided (Bon Iver Cover) by Luke Leighfield & Jose Vanders   

A sticky-sweet cover of Bon Iver (the Eau Claire, Wisconsin wonder) by two young British artists. This goes down sweeter than your grandma’s pumpkin pie.             

9. Sea of Love by Bard & Mustache   

“Sea of Love” was the last song that this lovely Florida duo played at my 21st birthday celebration earlier this year, which you can read about here. It feels a lot like that wonderfully groggy, tryptophan-induced, post-Thanksgiving state.

10. Hymn #101 by Joe Pug 

Remember where you came from, but know where you’re going. As you drive home, consider this song an early Christmas present from one of my favorite independent folk artists, Joe Pug.


Be sure to check out Kendall’s blog for more great music selections and behind the scene stories about working in college radio!