Sunday, June 8, 2008

The Countdown to Relay: Sweet tunes

A few years ago, to inspire the mentors of the Relay in Tacoma (they help the teams get ready to Relay), something was needed to help connect the emotion of Relay to what they were doing.

There's no better way (in the off-season, at least!) than pulling together a number of songs into a mix!

I asked a number of Relayers close to me to share their most favorite songs that remind them of Relay...and here's what they came up with.
  • I Run For Life - Melissa Etheridge
  • Into the Fire - Bruce Springsteen
  • Dream Big - Ryan Shupe and the Rubberband
  • Walk On - U2
  • I'll Stand By You - The Pretenders
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow - Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
  • Wind Beneath My Wings - Bette Midler
  • You Raise Me Up - Josh Groban
  • Celebration - Kool and the Gang
  • I Will Survive - Gloria Gaynor
  • Walk Down This Mountain - Bebo Norman
  • Love Can Build a Bridge - The Judds
  • I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack
Debbie, Kathie, Cindy and I continue this tradition each year - we're on volume 4 for 2009 - but these are my absolute favorites. From happy to emotional, they fill you with hope throughout.

I uploaded the PDF of the CD insert -- with the names of the people who chose them, and their reasons for doing so. Click here to read through it...

The reasons will bring tears to your eyes.


Nancy E said...

hi there- I shared your blog with my friend Sarah who is collecting photos for RFL. BECAUSE you are amazing as I have told you so many times... And then I read the pdf of songs that you have here and am in tears in the middle of my work day - - once again. I love the post from Sue about Tom. I have a few really good photos of Tom from that Tacoma event if you want me to send them to you. let me know.

Cheers to you!
Another great read to break into tears to...


Anonymous said...

Here's another one for your list - Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Eva Cassidy. Her voice is truly etheral and haunting and soooo beautiful singing it. She changed the melody and sings it with light guitar accompanyment and it is amazing.

The other reason why it is so appropriate is because she lost her battle with cancer (melanoma) before her music was "discovered" mainstream and so the only music we have from her is on a couple locally produced cds. It's such a shame when talented, amazing people are taken from us through cancer. Anyway, that is one of my top Relay songs, especially for the Luminaria Ceremony...check it out and think about it for your next compilation list. :-)

Unknown said...

You are an inspiration to me. Congratulations - $20,000 and not even the day of the event - amazing.

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