Your personal anthems

The response to "Everyone Needs an Anthem" has been so enthusiastic, I've decided to share some of your choices

Topics: Cancer, Life stories, Music,

Your personal anthemsCher and Bruce Springsteen (Credit: AP)

When I wrote earlier this week of the ways in which pop music has sustained me through my cancer treatment, I said that everybody needs an anthem. And plenty of you agreed. So thank you to Salon’s Twitter followers, who generously chimed in with their own most meaningful melodies.  Together, they make one hell of an eclectic playlist, and a testament to the ways in which, as Richard Ashcroft says in another of my favorite songs, “music is power.”

@JudyMcLarty: “One of mine would be ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ by Bobby McFerran.” “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”

@MistressAubrey: “Beatles song In My Life , plus Judy Collins’ version of it got me through college exams. More important than food.”“In My Life”

@claredoyle2003: “Lipstick Vogue”/E Costello: You want to throw me away/Well I’m not broken/There are some words I don’t allow to be spoken…“Lipstick Vougue”

@brendejo:
“I made a playlist titled Suicide Stoppers. Another called Thankful. Another after my oldest child died last year. Music is life.”

@loather: “‘I Turn My Camera On.’” Actually, most anything by Spoon.” “I Turn My Camera On”

@Gee_Kate: “The Space Between” by Dave Matthews

@SusieMadra: “Cher’s ‘Believe’.”



@CaraAllieRay: “Mine is the ‘Goldberg Variations.‘ Bach. Just, the whole thing. It’s kept me going for 4 years and I am still sick. Music saves.”

@eddiemalloy: “My operation is 9/10/12. Some of my playlist: I Said Too Much: John Nemeth, One Day at a Time: Joan Baez‘ Hello Atlanta’.”

@ettingerdesign: “Usually it’s Rundgren’s ‘Just One Victory.’ These days, ‘All I really Want,’acoustic version by Alanis.”

@prettybirdpress: “Of Montreal’s Heimdalsgate Like A…got me pumped up before each chemo “come on chemicals!” “Heimdalsgate Like A…”

@ThePRChef: “‘We Are the Champions’ (loud and with sweeping arm gestures) and ‘You Needed Me’.”

@ _Muck_:“‘Where is the Love’ by The Black Eyed Peas most closely reflects who I am and how I think”

@ninotchkab: “Secondary Infertility= U2′s Stuck in a Moment, Postpartum Depression = Pink’s 18 Wheeler” “Stuck in a Moment”

@ HolzmanK:“‘Badlands’ and ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’ by Springsteen. Without them, I wouldn’t be on this planet today. Seriously.”

Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a staff writer for Salon and the author of "Gimme Shelter: My Three Years Searching for the American Dream." Follow her on Twitter: @embeedub.

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