How Music Is Helping a Man Through Cancer

I found this piece at Boing Boing last night which references a USA Today story by music critic Brian Mansfield.  It’s a terrific story and I encourage you to read the whole thing.

Here’s something to get you started:

Cancer has changed the way I hear music, more than any other life event except my marriage. Songs I once appreciated only on a surface level now strike deep at the core of my soul. Some inspire me; some terrify me. Others that I might have liked before, I’ve got no use for now. I’ve also got more time to listen, whether it’s during my morning exercise time or while lying in a hospital bed.

These songs form part of the soundtrack to my cancer story…

Here are five songs that Brian says “makes me want to live.”

1. Dance in the Graveyards, Delta Rae

2. Unto the Hills, Julie Lee & the Baby-Daddies

3. Deep Dark Wells, Joe Pug

4. Lawdy, The Vespers

5. From This Valley, The Civil Wars

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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