Monday, May 8, 2017

A-Z Finale: 2017 Reflections

I am pleased to say that I completed my second year of the A-Z Blog Challenge. This year, I chose to share “My Lifeblood Songs”. These meaningful songs focused heavily on lyrics.

Some of my songs dealt with memories, moments in time that shaped me. Some songs shared my beliefs or feelings. But, all of my song choices shared part of me. I shed many tears choosing and preparing my posts to share here. Sometimes the tears were joyful, sometimes they came from a place of pain.

Words are important to me, as they offer connections and can be empowering. It is why I write constantly, in poetry, stories, and in so many journals. Music often brings words to life. I often say that my life has a soundtrack because it does. I am not a musician, but music has always been a part of who I am. I believe many people connect with music because it is universal.

I am already contemplating next year’s A-Z Blog Challenge. I have a theme that will take a year to pull together. But, I really want to do it. I like the focus and discipline that this challenge takes. I like to meet like-minded people and hope to meet more. I will be going back through the posts to read, visit, and hopefully meet more bloggers to connect with. It would help to know the genre of the blog because there are so many listed. Perhaps we should list our genre next to our blog name at sign up each day.

I would also like to thank the hosts of the A-Z Blog Challenge. You guys rock. 

My A-Z Lifeblood Songs: 2017 
Both Sides Now
Comes a Time
Diamonds & Rust
Everybody Hurts
For What It's Worth
Green River
(In the Arms of the) Angel
Just Breathe
The Logical Song
Morning Has Broken
No Time
Old Days
Put a Little Love in Your Heart
Rhymes and Reasons
Simple Man
Uncloudy Day
We May Never Pass This Way Again
You'll Be There
Zorba's Dance

*Please tune in beginning Tuesday, May 9, 2017, for the beginning of a special Guest Series inspired by my A-Z song posts. I shared songs from a writer's viewpoint. He will be sharing songs from a musician's viewpoint. Please be sure to leave comments for my guest, too. He will answer comments and questions on each post. Thanks!


  1. Annie,

    First off, congratulations on a job well done! I loved your theme! You presented your song choices in a personal way which made the song more powerful. It was great to have the lyrics displayed to follow along. For years my hearing hasn't allowed me to understand the words clearly and so I often don't give the lyrics as much thought which means I miss the meaning of the song a lot. The way you embodied each song with your experiences was a lovely sentimental factor which allowed me to feel deeply connected with you. This challenge offers this kind of closeness to get to know our fellow bloggy friends better if we seek to know more. Thanks for stinking with me through April and crossing the finish line with me, dear friend. Have an awesome week and I'll look forward to your newly inspired series!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    Art Sketching Through the Alphabet Reflections

    1. Cathy, thank you for your support and your friendship. You are wonderful. I enjoy your posts and appreciate your inspiration. Hugs.

  2. The A-Z was fun to read. What a great idea to write about songs. Can't wait to read the posts. Have a great day.

    1. Marg, I appreciate you visiting us. ❤

  3. Oh, your new plan sounds delightful! My novelette series about a fictional ban will benefit from a musician's insight.

    1. That sounds intetesting. I look forward to your creative writing. Hugs.

  4. Annie, your A to Z challenge was very moving and you did a wonderful job of explaining why you chose the songs you did. I can tell it must have take an awful lot of time putting all this together. It must feel very satisfying but also I'm sure you did a lot of soul searching too.

    Have a good week.
    Hugs, Julia

    1. Julia, you summed it up very well! Thank you for being a part of it. HUGS!

  5. guyz yur mom did an awesum job with de challenge; we give her 984 pawz UP; de food servizz gurl rememburred sum songs, never hurd oh sum songs N lurned a bout sum titlez oh sum songs !! we N joyed, thanx for sharin; hope ewe iz doin well maggie ♥♥

  6. Your songs were inspiring, and i'm sure you guest's posts will be, too.

  7. I enjoyed learning more about you through your song choices. And I look forward to your next year's challenge. I agree, we should have our genre near our blog name, it would make it easier to figure out what would be of interest to everyone. XO

  8. I loved the subject of your A to Z challenge, Annie. And I look forward to seeing what you do in 2018. I'll also be interested in reading the series from your guest. Hope you can get a little rest while that is happening. Sending lots of love and prayers to all. XO, Janet

  9. I found the theme for your A to Z challenge to be very moving and it awakened many memories. I enjoyed each of the stories/explanations that went with your song choices.

  10. Congratulations on making it through the challenge. That's no easy feat. We enjoyed seeing everyone's take on themes this year.

  11. So glad this year's A-Z helped you with your plan for next year. I'd love to know what the idea is?! :)

    I also love that you have the musician's perspective coming up on your blog. What a great follow-up for A-Z! Wish I had come up with something as creative.

    Congrats again for completing A-Z! :)

    With Love,

  12. Well done for making it to the end of the challenge and thank you for your comments on my blog posts. I've added you on Bloglovin so I can follow your future posts.

    I'm intrigued by what you're planning for next year. I look forward to seeing what it is!

    Cait @ Click's Clan

  13. I like how you're already thinking about next year. You had a wonderful theme this year. Congratulations on completing the 2017 Challenge and thanks for these Reflections.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out