Like many cancer patients in the modern world I am part of support groups on Facebook. In one of these groups a truly marvelous individual just lost the battle and has passed on. Instead of doing a normal blog post today I thought I would share a song written and performed by this individual. I never really got the chance to know him. But this song really hits close to home.
Last Friday I posted a playlist of five songs I found on YouTube to help explain the cancer experience through music. I also had a proud dad moment and posted the video of my middle son marching in his High School band. Going forward I think I will continue to post videos and songs on Fridays.
This week I will post an informational video I found earlier this week. I sent a link of this video to a good friend to help him understand the type of cancer I suffer from. Since he thought it helped him to understand my diagnosis, I hope this video will help others understand follicular lymphoma.
I can’t go without posting a song as well. This weeks song reminds me of the brain fog I suffer from. I know Jimmy Hendrix did write this song about cancer. But the opening verse to Purple Haze sure feels like cancer induced brain fog:
Purple haze all in my brain
Lately things don’t seem the same
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why
‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky
I have to attend a band competition thing for my son this morning so have less time to blog today. Those who followed some of my previous blog projects may know I like to create small playlists now and then. I thought I would create my first playlist for DadAgainstCancer today. This playlist is five songs I have found on YouTube to explain the cancer experience through song.
Fights Song – Rachel Platten
Up first is a pop song that really doesn’t fall withing the realm of music I usually listen to. But it is an inspirational kind of song for fighting cancer. And more importantly it includes the lyric “wrecking balls inside my brain” throughout the song. This is exactly how my brain fog (chemo brain) feels at times.
Mission – Lupe Fiasco
This is a track I just discovered a few days ago. Rapper Lupe Fiasco created a song I should actually do a whole post about because he nails the whole cancer experience. In particular I keep the lyric “I could have died but I came out fighting” in my head since hearing this song.
Jim Croce – Time In A Bottle
Dealing with cancer means confronting the fact you are mortal and the end could come soon. This song comes to mind when I think about the possibility my time with my wife could end; which I don’t want to happen! If I could save time in a bottle I would spend every moment with my wife and kids.
Cancer – My Chemical Romance
This is a sad song and so emotional. Somehow this song actually helps keep depression away; probably because it takes depression head on. “Cause the hardest part of this… is leaving you”……
Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw
This song just hits way too close to home… This one kinda brings a tear for me. Actually I almost named this blog Fumanchu as a hat tip to this song…..
Bonus Track – With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
This isn’t really a song about cancer or the cancer experience. But it does seem to be helping me get through my cancer experience. Plus Cocker somehow took a great Beatles song and turned it into something EPIC!