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Heidi’s Top 30 Songs!

I am an avid Facebooker (don’t know if that is something to brag about or seek professional help for)…and for November I decided that I would do the 30 days of Thanksgiving. Each day you post something that you are grateful for. On day 3 I posted that I am thankful for music. I believe that God made music the language of the soul. The right song at the right time can unlock the hardest and saddest of hearts! And the right song can bring joy! So for fun, I thought I would list my top 30 favorite songs of all times. This was not an easy task! I started with about 80 songs and whittled it down. I was originally going to do my top 10 but that was impossible (I have over 1500 songs on my computer). The top 10 are actually my favorite top 10 songs of all times…after that they are in no specific order! (I kind of feel like Casey Casem!) Feel free to comment on what your favorite song of all time is!!!

  1. God With Us – Mercy Me (pretty much sums up my heart towards Jesus. It is such a powerful and meaningful song.)      
  2. Badlands – Bruce Springsteen (favorite quote is from this song! “It ain’t no sin to be glad you’re alive”. I could have a top 20 list of Bruce songs all by itself. I had to eliminate about 5 from this one! 🙂 )
  3. Home – Rich Mullins (I’m not planning on dying anytime soon but this is the song that I want played at my funeral. Such a song of hope.)                                    
  4. Tonight is what it means to be young – Fire Inc. (From an obscure movie of the 80’s Streets of Fire…it reminds me of how simple life was as a teen-ager. And anything Jim Steinman produces is amazing!)
  5. The Love of God – Rich Mullins ( “the reckless raging fury they call the love of God”. He died way too young!)
  6. Because He Lives – The David Crowder Band (one of my favorite hymns. We sang it a lot when I first got saved in the 80s.)
  7. All of the Words– Kutless (heard this worship song for the first time on an episode of Scrubs…One of the best worship songs ever!)
  8. Make My Life a Prayer to You – Keith Green (He died way too young in a plane crash. His book “No Compromise” was one of the most influential books on my walk with Jesus). 
  9. Even Now – Barry Manilow ( I am a Fanilow and am not ashamed of it. Did you ever have a song that captures the one relationship that you wished would have worked…this is it. Sigh….)
  10. Proud Mary – The Tina and Ike Turner version (Such a fun, upbeat song. Great to run to).
  11. Only Time Will Tell – Asia (Can you tell I really liked the 80s?)
  12. Everything – Alanis Morissette (heard this song at the right time. God really used it to minister to me.)
  13. Saved – Bob Dylan (Third Day remade it but I prefer the original)
  14. Desert Moon – Dennis DeYoung (a great song about growing up)
  15. Such a Night -Elvis Presley (My mom was obsessed with Elvis…I know his birthday and day he died…this is my favorite Elvis song).          
  16. Layla – Eric Clapton (the ending is timeless!)
  17. 21 Guns – Green Day
  18. In Your Freedom – Hillsong
  19. God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood (My brother Jerry’s favorite song…played at his funeral)
  20. Space Oddity – David Bowie (another one I could a list of just his songs. In high school, we would have a David Bowie birthday party – his is 2 days before mine).
  21. Is Nothing Sacred – Meatloaf (Great song about commitment.)
  22. Why Should Love Be this Way – Michael Stanley Band (You cannot grow up in Northeast Ohio and not have a Michael Stanley Band song!!!!)
  23. Girl Named Tennessee – Needtobreathe (Fun song)    
  24. Shattered – O.A.R. (another song that I heard at just the right time.)
  25. Jessie’s Girl– Rick Springfield (There is a legend in my family that has its origins in this song. Makes me laugh.)       
  26. You Light Up My Life – Debby Boone (This song reminds my sister Penny and brother Bill of one of the most embarrassing days of their lives.)
  27. Love Song – Third Day (They also could have their own list of top 10 songs. This is my favorite)
  28. We are the World – USA for Africa (Reminds me of the fun parties we had during middle school and my closest friends, Jen Molter and Jen Ward.)
  29. Pride (in the Name of Love) – U2 (Music that actually means something, that has a conscience).
  30. Never Once – Matt Redman (Began with worship, ends with worship. Never once has God ever let me down or left me alone. He is good!). 

Election Eve

(I wrote this November 2nd, 2009, the night before the election in which I ran for my 4th term on Vermilion City Council. It was my first time running for the Council at large position. Instead of blogging about this year’s Presidential election, I thought this was worth moving to my blog page! Please remember to vote!)

Tonight is election eve and I am sitting in a hotel room in Pittsburg. I will be home for the results tomorrow night. You would think that I would be thinking about whether I will win or lose but I am not. I am thinking about my dad.

Every election is important to our family. We were always taught to vote and the importance of it. My dad would always tell the story of the first time he voted. It was in Italy behind a bunker during World War 2. He was proud of that fact. Even at the end of his life, when he was on oxygen and using a walker, we would go vote. No absentee for him!

Last year was a very special year for our family. Every year my dad and I would go vote and then go to Amvets for lunch. It was tradition. What a great way to celebrate the freedom my dad fought for, to vote! Last year’s presidential election was my nephew Harrison’s first time to vote (and he was my dad’s favorite). My dad, Harrison, and I went to vote. His mom and dad met us there. We took pictures (I am a picture freak in case you haven’t noticed). Afterwards we went to the Amvets for lunch. Little did we know that would be the last time my dad voted. He passed away March 10.

I miss my dad horribly and tomorrow will not be the same. But I am proud of the fact that his sacrifice in war (decorated veteran) enabled me to be able not only to vote but to run for office. He loved voting for me and following local politics. And so tomorrow I will thank God for His goodness to me for allowing my dad to instill in me a sense of service and pride for my country.


My dad, nephew, and me 11/2/2009 on election day.


My dad’s Army picture from WWII

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