After a brief hiatus from blogging, I’m back. A lot has been going on since I last posted: I had a shoulder reconstruction surgery on April 2nd and instead of coming home that day, I ended up in ICU due to the nerve block suppressing my diaphragm and lower lung so my oxygen levels wouldn’t come up in Recovery. They were scary low and because of that my blood pressure shot through the roof and they admitted me to ICU. I came home a day and a half later. That first week home was really rough because the nerve block stayed in for 5 days. It was attached via a catheter in my neck and I carried around this big grapefruit-size ball of medicine in a fanny pack. I couldn’t wait to get it out because my right hand and fingers were all numb, which made life miserable until it was removed.
The surgeon started me on in-home physical therapy right away. Came home on Tuesday night and Thursday morning the physical therapist was there to get me started. As of last Friday, I discharged from the in-home PT and am now doing outpatient physical therapy twice a week for 12 to 16 more weeks. Ugh!
Of course while going through all of this I was caring for my Mom. I’m her primary caregiver and she has so many health issues right now so that’s been taking up a lot of my time.
On top of that, of course I had procrastinated on getting my taxes done so I went just about bat-shit crazy working on them that final weekend. I finally finished and filed at 6pm the night they were due. Whew!
I’ve been laying low for these last several weeks and if I owe any of you an email or PM reply, I promise to get on it this week.
I’ve missed the Monday’s Music Moves Me hop and am thrilled to be coming back to it on the week that John Holton from The Sound of One Hand Typing blog is playing the role of Honorary Conductor on our Music Train and he’ll be choosing the themes for May. His theme for this week is to use song titles to spell your name (your choice of first, middle or last name).
I’m actually doing all three of my names (no surprise there, huh?) and because I thought of so many good songs I’m doing a ‘Rinse and Repeat’ where I’ll showcase a few different playlists, each spelling out my full name. I have Part 1 done but be sure to come back because over the next few days I’ll be adding at least one or two more My Name in Song playlists. I hope you enjoy them. Unlike most of my other posts, I’m not taking the time to go deep on each song and instead will just list the song title and artist or band.
Here’s my first playlist for the My Name in Song theme.
MY NAME IN SONG (Michele Annette Truhlik), PART 1:
M Mandolin Rain by Bruce Hornsby & the Range
I I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home by Grand Funk
C Can’t Find My Way Home by Blind Faith
H Half-Breed by Cher
E Eli’s Coming by Three Dog Night
L Laughing by the Guess Who
E Epitaph by King Crimson
A Angry Eyes by Loggins & Messina
N Nights are Forever Without You by England Dan & John Ford Coley
N No Reply At All by Genesis
E Eight Miles High by the Byrds
T Tell Me Something Good by Chaka Khan & Rufus
T Train Kept a Rollin’ by Aerosmith
E Every Picture Tells a Story by Rod Stewart
T Take It On the Run by REO Speedwagon
R Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man by Bob Seger
U Use Me by Bill Withers
H Hair of the Dog by Nazareth
L Lookin’ for a New Love by Jody Watley
I I Missed Again by Phil Collins
K Keep Pushin’ On by REO Speedwagon
Stay tuned: My Name in Song, Part 2 playlist will be posted here within the next day or so. And maybe a Part 3…
Update: As promised, I’m back with what I call my “rinse & repeat” portion of this theme: Here’s another playlist, Part 2 of My Name in Song. Some more great songs here so give a listen. You can view the playlist below:
Playlist #2: MY NAME IN SONG (Michele Annette Truhlik), PART 2:
M – Monkey Man by the Rolling Stones
I – I Can’t Stand It by Eric Clapton
C –Chevy Van by Sammy Johns
H – Hold Your Head Up by Argent
E – Eye of the Tiger by Survivor
L – Last Train to Clarksville by the Monkees
E – End of the Line by the Traveling Wilburys
A – Amie by Pure Prairie League
N – Nah Nah Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye by Steam
N – Nights on Broadway by the Bee Gee
E – Everybody Wants You by Billy Squier
T – Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me a Little While) by the Doobie Brothers
T – Temptation Eyes by the Grass Roots
E – Evil Woman Don’t Play Your Games with Me by Crow
T – Tempted by Squeeze
R – Radioactive by the Firm
U – Under My Thumb by the Rolling Stones
H – Hang On to Your Life by the Guess Who
L – Lay It On the Line by Triumph
I – I’ll Be Around by the Spinners
K – Killing Me Softly with His Song by Roberta Flack
That wraps up my second playlist for this very cool theme. But stay tuned and stand by: I’m working on yet another playlist. Part 3 will be forthcoming shortly…
Okay, I made it back here to fulfill my promise of a 3rd playlist.
I just can’t get enough of this theme! Thanks John Holton: this is great fun! Okay, so here’s yet another playlist using song titles to spell out my full name. Each of my three names (first, middle and last) has 7 letters so here’s another fabulous set of 21 songs to rock your day. Crank up your speakers or grab those headphones and Enjoy!
Playlist #3: MY NAME IN SONG (Michele Annette Truhlik), PART 3:
M – Mama Told Me Not to Come by Three Dog Night
I – I Got a Line On You by Spirit
C – Couldn’t Get It Right by Climax Blues Band
H – Hand Me Down World by the Guess Who
E – Every Day is a Winding Road by Sheryl Crow
L – Love Train by the O’Jays
E – Every Day People by Sly & the Family Stone
A – A Change Would Do You Good by Sheryl Crow
N – Night Moves by Bob Seger
N – No Time by the Guess Who
E – Evil Woman by ELO (Electric Light Orchestra)
T – Takin’ Care of Business by BTO (Bachman Turner Overdrive)
T – Talking in Your Sleep by the Romantics
E – Everything I Own by Bread
T – Tearing Us Apart by Eric Clapton
R – Rubberband Man by the Spinners
U – Undercover Angel by Alan O’Day
H – Happy Together by the Turtles
L – Let It Rain by Eric Clapton
I – I Can See Clearly Now by Johnny Nash
K – Knocking on Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan
So, now what? I compiled a list of so many great songs to use with this theme and I had a hard time choosing which ones to leave out. There have already been 63 songs featured over three separate playlists but there are other songs that I would’ve liked to include. Now I’m curious: will I do a 4th “My Name in Song” playlist? Maybe… You’ll have to come back and see…
Monday’s Music Moves Me (4M) is a blog hop hosted by X-Mas Dolly, and co-hosted by JAmerican Spice, Stacy Uncorked and Curious as a Cathy. Be sure to stop by the hosts and visit the other participants.