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Rated: E · Assignment · Music · #2109240
Rising Stars Music Challenge
I CHALLENGE YOU to set up YOUR OWN PAGE OF FAVORITE MUSIC
complete with You Tube or other links to your favorites.

The most important part of this challenge is this: In addition to listing 6 of your favorite songs or pieces of music. we're asking you to listen to each piece and tell us why you like the music. Using your own words, describe the Music. Why is each piece important to you? Is the music nostalgic? Are the lyrics meaningful? If so, why? We are looking for thoughtful, insightful input that will help us know you better.

Start by listing the title, singer, key musicians, and era of each piece. What can you tell us about the singer(s) and musicians? Let us know if each piece is a long-time favorite or a recent addition to your list of favorites and why.

Credits will be given to each of you based on how much effort you devote to this writing challenge. Have fun!




1. White Flag by Dido - 2003 White Flag by Dido  
2. My Immortal by Evanescence (Amy Lee) - 2000 My Immortal  
3. Let It Go by Idina Menzel - 2013 Let It Go by Idina Menzel  
4. Silent Lucidity by Queensryche (Geoff Tate) - 1990 Silent Lucidity by Queensryche  
5. Viva La Vida by Coldplay (Chris Martin) - 2008 Viva La Vida by Coldplay  
6. If Today Was Your Last ay by Nickelback (Chad Kroeger) - 2008 If Today Was Your Last Day  

I implore everyone reading this to listen to the songs or watch it on youtube.


1. White Flag by Dido - 2003

My Comments: I love the music to this song. The lyrics are very personal to many people. It's amazing what can happen if you're not honest with each other. You keep missing each other, and you're afraid the other doesn't feel the same way. This happens all too many times in life. This has been a long time favorite of mine.

Lyrics:
I know you think that I shouldn't still love you
Or tell you that
But if I didn't say it, well I'd still have felt it
Where's the sense in that?

I promise I'm not trying to make your life harder
Or return to where we were

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I know I left too much mess and
Destruction to come back again
And I caused nothing but trouble
I understand if you can't talk to me again
And if you live by the rules of it's over
Then I'm sure that that makes sense

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

And when we meet
Which I'm sure we will
All that was there
Will be there still
I'll let it pass
And hold my tongue
And you will think
That I've moved on

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

I will go down with this ship
And I won't put my hands up and surrender
There will be no white flag above my door
I'm in love and always will be

My Comments: Amy Lee's voice is amazing, not to mention her instrumental skills on the piano. It is a sad song, but it's a way of bringing closure to the situation. This is also a long time favorite as the music itself is exceptional. I love the slow beginning and then the adding of the rest of the band's instruments. Very powerful.

2. My Immortal by Evanescence (Amy Lee) - 2000

Lyrics:
I'm so tired of being here
Suppressed by all my childish fears
And if you have to leave
I wish that you would just leave
'Cause your presence still lingers here
And it won't leave me alone

These wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried, I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream, I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

You used to captivate me by your resonating light
Now, I'm bound by the life you left behind
Your face it haunts my once pleasant dreams
Your voice it chased away all the sanity in me

These wounds won't seem to heal, this pain is just too real
There's just too much that time cannot erase

When you cried, I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream, I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
But you still have all of me

I've tried so hard to tell myself that you're gone
But though you're still with me, I've been alone all along

When you cried, I'd wipe away all of your tears
When you'd scream, I'd fight away all of your fears
And I held your hand through all of these years
You still have all of me, me, me

My Comments: Yes, it's a Disney song, but I just adore the music and melody. Idina Menzel makes this song so beautiful with her amazing voice. It's a song of acceptance of your problem of situation and gives a person confidence. This has become a fairly new favorite.

3. Let It Go by Idina Menzel - 2013

Lyrics:
The snow glows white on the mountain tonight
Not a footprint to be seen.
A kingdom of isolation,
and it looks like I'm the Queen
The wind is howling like this swirling storm inside
Couldn't keep it in;
Heaven knows I've tried

Don't let them in,
don't let them see
Be the good girl you always have to be
Conceal, don't feel,
don't let them know
Well now they know

Let it go, let it go
Can't hold it back anymore

Let it go, let it go
Turn away and slam the door
I don't care
what they're going to say
Let the storm rage on.
The cold never bothered me anyway

It's funny how some distance
Makes everything seem small
And the fears that once controlled me
Can't get to me at all

It's time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me,
I'm free!

Let it go, let it go
I am one with the wind and sky
Let it go, let it go
You'll never see me cry
Here I stand
And here I'll stay
Let the storm rage on

My power flurries through the air into the ground
My soul is spiraling in frozen fractals all around
And one thought crystallizes like an icy blast
I'm never going back, the past is in the past

Let it go, let it go
And I'll rise like the break of dawn
Let it go, let it go
That perfect girl is gone
Here I stand
In the light of day
Let the storm rage on

The cold never bothered me anyway!

My Comments: This song is incredibly beautiful and deep. My interpretation is watching and protecting my daughter. Watching her sleep, comforting her during bad dreams, and just letting her know that she's my world. I'll never abandon her, and the words reflect this. Exceptional music as well. A very long time favorite of mine since college. (1989-1993)

4. Silent Lucidity by Queensryche (Geoff Tate) - 1990

Lyrics:
Hush now don't cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You're lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game of life
So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over
Or has it just begun?
There's a place I like to hide
A doorway that I run to in the night
Relax child, you were there
But only didn't realize it and you were scared
It's a place where you will learn
To face your fears, retrace the years
And ride the whims of your mind
Commanding in another world
Suddenly, you hear and see
This magic new dimension
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you, in silent lucidity
Visualize your dream
Record it in the present tense
Put it into a permanent form
If you persist in your efforts
You can achieve dream control
Dream control
How's that then, better?
Dream control
Dream control (hug me)
Dream control
Hug me
If you open your mind for me
You won't rely on open eyes to see
The walls you built within
Come tumbling down, and a new world will begin
Living twice at once you learn
You're safe from pain in the dream domain
A soul set free to fly
A round trip journey in your head
Master of illusion, can you realize
Your dream's alive, you can be the guide but
I will be watching over you
I am gonna help you see it through
I will protect you in the night
I am smiling next to you

My Comments: I'm not sure what it is about this song that I'm so drawn to. I interpret it as a man who was a ruler or king who fell. His life has changed so dramatically, and he realizes all of his transgressions won't allow him in heaven. Favorite of mine since it was released.

5. Viva La Vida by Coldplay (Chris Martin) - 2008

Lyrics:
I used to rule the world
Seas would rise when I gave the word
Now in the morning I sleep alone
Sweep the streets I used to own

I used to roll the dice
Feel the fear in my enemy's eyes
Listened as the crowd would sing
Now the old king is dead long live the king
One minute I held the key
Next the walls were closed on me
And I discovered that my castles stand
Upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
Once you'd gone there was never
Never an honest word
And that was when I ruled the world

It was a wicked and wild wind
Blew down the doors to let me in
Shattered windows and the sound of drums
People couldn't believe what I'd become
Revolutionaries wait
For my head on a silver plate
Just a puppet on a lonely string
Oh who would ever want to be king?

I hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know St. Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

Oh oh oh oh ohh oh [x5]

Hear Jerusalem bells a-ringing
Roman cavalry choirs are singing
Be my mirror, my sword and shield
My missionaries in a foreign field
For some reason I can't explain
I know St. Peter won't call my name
Never an honest word
But that was when I ruled the world

My Comments: The lyrics are so beautiful and true to life. What if today was your last day? What would you do? Would you forgive, donate, call an old friend, or fall in love? At first, the video shows the problems of day yo day life. But, the man who withdrew all of his money and gave it away so freely touched my heart. The song reflects the way our life should be lived. A long-time favorite of mine.

6. If Today Was Your Last Day by Nickelback (Chad Kroeger) - 2001

Lyrics:
My best friend gave me the best advice
He said each day's a gift and not a given right
Leave no stone unturned, leave your fears behind
And try to take the path less traveled by
That first step you take is the longest stride

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
If today was your last day
(If today was your last day)

Against the grain should be a way of life
What's worth the prize is always worth the fight
Every second counts 'cause there's no second try
So live like you'll never live it twice
Don't take the free ride in your own life

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you're dreamin' of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day

If today was your last day
Would you make your mark by mending a broken heart?
You know it's never too late to shoot for the stars
Regardless of who you are
So do whatever it takes
Cause you can't rewind a moment in this life
Let nothin' stand in your way
Cause the hands of time are never on your side

If today was your last day
And tomorrow was too late
Could you say goodbye to yesterday?
Would you live each moment like your last?
Leave old pictures in the past
Donate every dime you have?
Would you call old friends you never see?
Reminisce old memories
Would you forgive your enemies?
Would you find that one you're dreamin' of?
Swear up and down to God above
That you finally fall in love
If today was your last day
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