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Hold on to Memories (Contest)
Monday, April 29th, 2024

UPDATE: The winner is…Deb Robinson!

Last night, while storms were raging outside, I settled into bed. I was thinking about the people my family has lost.

My daughter and I were caregivers of our elderly family members during their last days. We cared for my grandmother in 2018—she was 98 and simply faded away. My father passed in 2019 due to heart and diabetes issues. My mother died from pancreatic cancer very, very quickly in 2020. We were happy to care for them. Proud we did such a good job, too, keeping them comfortable and easing their way from this world surrounded by love and family.

They lived long, fulfilled lives. You can’t hope for more. Still, I miss them deeply. I think about them often. I live in the last home they all resided in. My family is here with me. I say all this not because I’m sad, but because I treasure the fact we’re that kind of family—kind, caring, respectful, loving. I was thinking about them when I ran across this song. I’d heard it before but really hadn’t listened to it.

If you’ve followed me for very long, you know I love rock and heavy metal, and that my favorite heavy metal band is Disturbed. I’ve love them since I first heard “Down with the Sickness” which released back in 2000—so, I’m a long-time fan. Their music is powerful. The lead vocalist’s voice is, IMO, the best of any rocker out there right now. If you haven’t listened to his cover of “Sound of Silence,” you just have to. The first time my oldest granddaughter heard it, she outright cried.

This song, “Hold on to the Memories,” is another ballad. It’s not the kind of thing they’re known for, but it shows their range and their heart. I love everything about it—how they come to together as family to celebrate the memories of the ones they’ve lost. Give it a listen. Then, for a chance to win a $5 Amazon gift card, tell me a song that hits you “in the feels” when you’re thinking about lost loved ones.  

15 comments to “Hold on to Memories (Contest)”

  1. Colleen C.
    · April 29th, 2024 at 12:44 pm · Link

    Josh Groban’s You Raise Me Up… always makes me think of my grandma…

  2. Pansy Petal
    · April 29th, 2024 at 1:11 pm · Link

    This one sure ‘hit me in the feels.” Made me sob! It also helped me realize why I don’t listen to a lot of music anymore. So much of it reminds me of . . . And I learned to bury so many of those emotions. I need to remember the good times! Thank you.

  3. Stacey Kinzebach
    · April 29th, 2024 at 3:31 pm · Link

    Sound of Silence by Disturbed. When my husband was diagnosed with cancer we realized there’s a part of the song that fit perfectly:

    “Fools said I you do not know.
    Silence like a cancer grows.”

    This song tends to come on when I miss my husband the most.

  4. Becky
    · April 29th, 2024 at 3:53 pm · Link

    Dancing in Heaven by Dani & Lizzy. It makes me remember my Daddy everytime I hear it.
    Because you loved me by Celine Dion makes me think of my grandmother and will sometimes make me cry when I hear it.

  5. Diane Sallans
    · April 29th, 2024 at 3:54 pm · Link

    music frequently brings tears to my eyes – for my Mom, anything by Nat King Cole, ‘Hello Dolly’ and ‘Goodnight Irene’ (her name was Irene) – for my Dad ‘Danny Boy’ (he was born in Ireland – we even had it played at his funeral

  6. Mary Preston
    · April 29th, 2024 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Mine is a classic piece. My mother’s favourite. Pachelbel Canon in D major.

  7. Deb Robinson
    · April 29th, 2024 at 6:35 pm · Link

    I also lost my grandmother in 2018 and she was 98. Her eyesight had almost gone and decided she didn’t want to live if she couldn’t do her puzzles… in your words she ‘slowly faded away’.
    My dad also passed in 2020 from Leukaemia.
    I’m definitely a mood listener so when I’m thinking of them, I’ll listen to emotional/ tear provoking songs

  8. Jennifer Beyer
    · April 29th, 2024 at 8:14 pm · Link

    Call Me Karizma “Fire Out” and “I’m Ok” are tear jerkers for me.

  9. BN
    · April 29th, 2024 at 10:56 pm · Link

    don’t have one

  10. Debra Guyette
    · April 30th, 2024 at 7:28 am · Link

    The Wind Beneath my Wings

  11. Beth
    · May 5th, 2024 at 1:23 pm · Link

    Your question made me think of this one

  12. pc
    · May 5th, 2024 at 3:49 pm · Link

    “You raise me up” (father-daughter dance )
    “Oh, Danny Boy” and “Roses are Red” ( my dad used to sing these around the house)

  13. Mary McCoy
    · May 5th, 2024 at 6:38 pm · Link

    Angel by Sarah McLachlan

  14. Beckie
    · May 8th, 2024 at 7:29 am · Link

    Daddy’s Hands Hooly Dunn, and Grandpa Judds. Both remind me of my Opa

  15. Delilah
    · May 10th, 2024 at 10:01 am · Link

    Thanks so much for all your suggestions! I love music and will be checking all of these out!

    The winner of the GC (chosen by a random number generator) is…Deb Robinson!

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