Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Annotated Playlist

Each month I participate in a writing challenge with my Teach Write writing group. This month we were challenged to write an annotated playlist. 

For me, songs take me back to certain places and time spent with special people. I chose three songs for this challenge although I could have chosen so many more.

My Annotated Playlist

Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus—Dancing in the kitchen with 6-month old Megan in my arms, my heart was anything but achy or breaky. It was filled with motherhood joy.

Remember When by Alan Jackson—June 12, 2010, I sat in the church with tears streaming down my cheeks as this song played. Aunt Pam’s “remember whens” were cut short at the age of 52. 

You Raise Me Up by Josh Groban—This song marks one of my most significant life decisions. Could I do this at the age of 40? While contemplating the decision, this song came on the radio several times. I knew it was a sign to say yes. Yes, to returning to school to become a teacher.

Marilyn Miner, who is in our group, made a comment about how music can not only take us back but also move us forward. There is so much truth in this statement. Music has such power.

 After participating in the Slice of Life March Challenge by Two Writing Teachers, I am continuing to write my stories with other teacher-writers as we share a slice of life on Tuesdays.


  1. Leigh Anne, wow, you have taken us back to those times with you. What an important prompt to write an annotated list of music. The write up of the three songs and why they were important to you is so powerful. I'll have to think about the songs that have touched me.

  2. I love that line you shared of music taking us back and also taking us forward. Your post makes me think about what songs I could include in my own annotated playlist that have carried me forward in my life. What wonderful food for thought!

  3. Leigh, this is a topic that I would never have thought of before. Each one of your choices for your playlist were significant and memorable. I wonder what I would choose.