The Chemo Cocktail Soundtrack

[If you start reading this and feel a little deja vu that doesn’t necessarily mean you are losing your mind. It could just possibly be that you’ve read this before – since this is a reposting of an earlier article in which I introduced the music from my chemo cocktail mix that played in the background while I wrote, thereby grooving its way in between the lines of my book. If you’re not feeling deja vu that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not losing your mind. I’m not here to judge all you crazy peeps. But anyway, I hope y’all enjoy these groovy tunes.]

I don’t know if you know it or not, but my book Shaken Not Stirred… a Chemo Cocktail (which is available on Amazon and Kindle) actually has a soundtrack. As I wrote each chapter I had a particular song from my personal chemo cocktail playlist on loop, keeping rhythm and singing harmony with the narrative. Collectively, these songs became the table of contents as well as the soundtrack of my book. The Chemo Cocktail Soundtrack is not exactly on iTunes or anything—yet. But stay tuned for the iMix, which will be my links of love, gratitude, acknowledgement, and thanks to all the artists who don’t even know it, but they pretty much sang me through cancer and chemo. That’s what I call taking a sad song and making it better, better, BETTER! So I hope you’ll check out the songs and artists that are on my chemo cocktail soundtrack as soon as it’s shaken up and yes, even stirred, on iTunes.

In the meantime, here is my chemo cocktail mix, with YouTube links to most of the songs. The “Cancer is a Bitch” Song and “Wind in My Hair” are by The Kicked-in Fence aka my Redheads, and are not up on YouTube—yet. But the “Cancer is a Bitch” song is on their EP on iTunes which is available by clicking here.

Part I Shaken Not Stirred

Chapter 1-Born (Over the Rhine)

Chapter 2-When the Stars Go Blue (Tim McGraw)

Chapter 3-Help Me Out God (Superchick)

Chapter 4-Too Sexy for My Shirt (Right Said Fred)

Chapter 5-Brick House (The Commodores)

Chapter 6-I Don’t Know Why (Amy Grant)

Chapter 7-Mother and Child Reunion (Paul Simon)

Chapter 8-Save You (Simple Plan)

Chapter 9-For the Glory of It All (David Crowder Band)

Chapter 10-Man, I Feel Like a Woman (Shania Twain)

Chapter 11-Fix You (Coldplay)

Chapter 12-Be OK (Ingrid Michaelson)

Chapter 13-Drunkard’s Prayer (Over the Rhine)

Chapter 14-Honey, I’m Home (Shania Twain)

Chapter 15-Waiting on the Sun (Sixpence None the Richer)

Chapter 16-Burn and Shine (The Elms)

Chapter 17-I Run For Life (Melissa Etheridge)

Chapter 18-Come Sail Away (Styx)

Chapter 19-Better Days (Goo Goo Dolls)

Part II The Chemo Cocktail

Round 1-Every Day is a Winding Road (Sheryl Crow)

Round 2-O Where is My Hairbrush? (Larry the Cucumber;)

Round 3-You’re So Vain (Carly Simon)

Round 4-Hit Me With Your Best Shot (Pat Benatar)

Round 5-Beauty From Pain (Superchick)

Round 6-Breathe (U2)

Round 7-Chemo Limo (Regina Spektor)

Round 8-One More Round (Barlow Girls)

Round 9-Sweet Dreams (Eurythmics)

Round 10-12-Wind in My Hair (Kicked-in Fence)

Round 13-That’s Amore (Dean Martin)

Round 14-15 Backwards (Rascal Flatts)

Round 16-17 I’m On A Roll (Over the Rhine)

Round 18-Lucky Star (Madonna)

Round 19-Whip It (Devo)

Round 20-22 Hey Jude (The Beatles)

Round 23 This Is Country Music (Brad Paisley)

Round 24 Cancer is a Bitch (The Chemo Cocktail Song) (Kicked-in Fence)

Part III Hangover

P.S. Beautiful Things (Gungor)

Cheers This is Not the End (Gungor)

I hope you’ll love the mix and support the artists. Credit is where credit’s due. So credit, kudos, thanks, x’s and o’s, and of course, cheers to all the cool peeps who made my chemo cocktail mix go round.

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