31 Days of Song – {31/31} Not Alone

This is the first time I have ever finished something like this. So even though you cannot see it, I am sitting here drinking a cup of coffee and giving myself a huge pat on the back. Even though.. I completely missed #27. I cannot for the life of me figure out what happened to it. I  know exactly what song it was supposed to be, because as I was compiling a list I thought “…what happened to the other John Mayer song?” Sigh. Another double post. Oh well. At least I didn’t give up.

Song #31 Not Alone by Darren Criss

I knew this song would be my last one.

There it lives, holding steady in my top 25 most played. If you were to somehow make a playlist that was “most often played,” like given the amount of days its been in your library and how frequently you listened.. that would be #1, without a doubt.

Over on Annie’s blog, she asked us about our songs that make us feel courageous {she’s been writing about courage for 31 days} and this is what I said after commenting with this song:

I tend to need courage the most when I’m already beaten down, so many of mine are ballads so that when I’m listening to “sad” music and crying in my room, I get a bit of a kick in the butt, a bit of safety in numbers if you will.

I say “safety in numbers” SO OFTEN, because I believe that we all need to really understand it. Alienation and alone-ness can destroy people and have sparked terrible terrible actions. There are people that can relate to our pain, to our hurt, our loneliness, our fears and doubts and worries. They might not be sitting in the same room, but THEY ARE OUT THERE.

Someone wrote about this song on Tumblr, and I commented how strange it is to feel safety in numbers sitting alone in your room and listening to a song that says “You’re not alone, cuz I’m here with you.”

It’s just a great, beautiful song. I made Cassie a mix CD and put this song on there and she loves it too. I will take over the world and make everyone love this song. One person at a time.


Song #27 Covered in Rain by John Mayer

When I lived in Seattle and was still going to school, I watched the Any Given Thursday performance of this song EVERY MORNING BEFORE SCHOOL. There was something about this song that gave me peace and energy. It’s the sequel to the song “City Love,” written in the wake of 9-11.

I love music that is passionate, and this song is passionate. And I love songs that capture emotions or situations, and this song sounds like standing outside in the rain without an umbrella.

And once I had this crazy idea for a story, one that was based off of emotions I felt from songs. This song was the basis for the whole story. I kept all of my pieces of paper with the plot and characters and moments, just in case I ever felt like actually doing something about it.


So there it is. 31 days of song.

I love these songs. and many more, but I only did 31 days of song. If you want a couple CDs with all of these songs on them.. e-mail me. Or leave me a comment here and I’ll e-mail you or something. I love sharing.


31 Days of Song

  1. Corey’s Coming by Harry Chapin
  2. Don’t Wake Her by Ian McGlynn
  3. Baby, One More Time by Britney Spears
  4. Enchanted by Taylor Swift
  5. You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
  6. MMMBop by Hanson
  7. Forever by Ben Harper
  8. Wake Me Up by Charles Kelley
  9. What Did I Get Myself Into by Kyle Riabko
  10. On The Wing by Owl City
  11. Jessie by Joshua Kadison
  12. Sucker by John Mayer
  13. Grace’s Amazing Hands by Dave Barnes
  14. For The Longest Time by Billy Joel
  15. I Don’t Wanna Sing by Stephen Speaks
  16. Used to Love U by John Legend
  17. Lighthouse by Ernie Halter
  18. Use Somebody by Kings of Leon
  19. Anthem of our Discovery by Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers
  20. Pretty the World by Matt Nathanson
  21. Silhouette by Justin Klump
  22. David Garza
  23. Passenger Seat by Stephen Speaks
  24. Hey, Soul Sister by Train
  25. You’re The Ocean by Teitur
  26. Last to Speak by Allen Stone
  27. Covered in Rain by John Mayer
  28. Gold Digger by Kanye West
  29. Baby by Justin Bieber
  30. Lover, You Should’ve Come Over by Jeff Buckley
  31. Not Alone by Darren Criss