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What's your go-to karaoke song?

Next up to the Mighty mic… you!

Even if you’ve never participated in karaoke before, you probably have some Very Strong Opinions regarding what song you would sing if asked (you know, those tunes you shout-sing in the shower or the car). And if you don’t, now is your time to pick one!

🎤 P.S. A recent market study suggests that the karaoke industry will grow by over $330 million in the United States alone in the next five years, so opportunities to sing karaoke may increase. So, now’s your chance to choose your go-to song, or browse others’ favorites for inspiration in the comments!

#DistractMe #MightyMusic #MightyMinute

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Create a 3-song playlist based on how you’re feeling today.

“Where words fail, music speaks.” - Hans Christian Anderson

Do you ever have one of those days where you can’t quite put how you’re feeling into words? Mighty staffer @skyeg has been having a lot of those lately — including today. So instead of using words, Skye made a mini musical playlist that expresses where she’s at today. Here’s her playlist:

☁️ “Silver Lining” by Rilo Kiley

💡 “I Should Be Allowed to Think” by They Might Be Giants

🎸 “Closer to Fine” by the Indigo Girls

And a bonus song that fits the “vibe” she’s going for: “Double Dare Ya” by Bikini Kill 🥁

Like that Hans Christian Anderson quote says, sometimes we don’t have adequate words for what we’re going through. When that happens, music can be a great way to get in touch with our feelings and convey to others what we’re experiencing.

What songs are on your mini playlist?

🎧 P.S. Check out this story from Mighty contributor Ameera, where they use music to show their journey with depression: Tracking How My Depression Has Evolved Over the Years Throug...

#DistractMe #MightyMusic #MightyMinute #CheckInWithMe #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #Parenting #Cancer #Trauma

Tracking How My Depression Has Evolved Over the Years Through These 8 Songs

"These songs stand out from certain periods of my life, showing how I've changed."
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How do you like to keep yourself busy when you’re in the waiting room or at an appointment?

It’s a not-great reality, but oftentimes we spend significantly more time waiting for health care providers, procedures, or surgeries than we do actually seeing or having them.

And you know what that means! We have each mastered the art of passing time. What’s your favorite way to keep busy while you’re waiting? Do you play on your phone? Read a book? Take a nap? Doodle? Catch up on your texts? Listen to music?

Drop your distractions below. ⬇️

#MightyMinute #DistractMe #CheckInWithMe #MightyMusic #MightyPoets #MentalHealth #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability

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Turn one of your symptoms into a band name.

Mighty staffer Kat was talking to her partner during dinner last night and she said she felt very weighed down by her bone-crushing fatigue lately. He then replied, “That would make such an amazing metal band.” So that leads us to today’s prompt!

Here are the instructions:

✅ Choose a symptom (e.g., fatigue)
⭐️ Add a descriptor (e.g., bone-crushing)
🎵 Choose a genre of music (e.g., metal)

Can’t wait to hear what you come up with!

#MightyMinute #DistractMe #MightyMusic #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #Disability #RareDisease

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Never give up #MultipleSclerosis #ChronicPain #Guitar #MightyMusic #MightyTogether #DistractMe

So I had always loved to listen to guitar music. When I was younger I learned several instruments but never guitar. During pandemic I was watching many guitar videos on you tube and I thought to myself I can buy a guitar and learn off of you tube ! So I did ! Playing some of the chords was hard but I didn’t give up. I found a guitar teacher on you tube who teaches simple guitar chords. That was two years ago and I now have a library of music song books ! The Campfire song book below is my favorite along with the Beatles. I wouldn’t say I was a great player but I enjoy it very very much so to me it is beautiful. Don’t ever give up it’s never too late to learn something new. #DistractMe #MultipleSclerosis #ChronicPain

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Music is comforting, inspiring, moving and often songs give me hope & encouragement to push through tough times! What songs have been there for you?

This is a playlist of my life…here’s some of my favorite songs (it’s extensive!) What songs are your go-to when you are depressed, anxious, overwhelmed, scared, in pain … or feeling great? What would be on the playlist of your life growing up? What are your all time favorite songs? Can you tell what generation I grew up in😉?!? I’ll give you a hint…classic rock & Alt Dance music literally shaped my life (especially when I deejayed in my late teens/20’s)

CARRY ON WAYWARD SON – Kansas
BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY – Queen
THE SPIRIT OF RADIO – Rush
FOOL IN THE RAIN – Led Zeppelin
ROXANNE – The Police
DREAM ON – Aerosmith
PIANO MAN – Billy Joel
MOONDANCE – Van Morrison
PEACE TRAIN - Cat Stevens
IMAGINE- John Lennon
LONG AND WINDING ROAD - The Beatles
LANDSLIDE - Fleetwood Mac
SOLSBURY HILL – Peter Gabriel
ME AND JULIO DOWN BY THE SCHOOLYARD – Paul Simon
DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ – Journey
PARADISE BY THE DASHBOARD LIGHT - Meat Loaf
TIME WARP - Rocky Horror Picture Show
WALK ON THE WILD SIDE - Lou Reed
HOTEL CALIFORNIA- The Eagles
SULTANS OF SWING- Dire Straits
MAYBE I’M AMAZED – Paul McCartney
SOUL MAN– Blues Brothers
BORN TO RUN – Bruce Springsteen
THE BOYS OF SUMMER – Don Henley
FOREPLAY/ LONG TIME - Boston
BABA O’RILEY - The WhO
FREE BIRD - Lynyrd Skynyrd
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE - Steve Miller
CHINA GROVE – The Doobie Brothers
JOSIE - Steely Dan
TINY DANCER - Elton John
ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL, Pt. 2- Pink Floyd
JUMP - Van Halen
THE LOGICAL SONG – Supertramp
COME SAIL AWAY - Styx
COLD AS ICE – Foreigner
SHAKE IT UP – The Cars
I WANNA BE SEDATED - Ramones
IS SHE REALLY GOING OUT WITH HIM - Joe Jackson
WITH OR WITHOUT YOU – U2
JACK AND DIANE – John Mellencamp
WALK THIS WAY - RUN DMC w/ Aerosmith
LIKE A PRAYER – Madonna
EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMEBODY TO LOVE - Blues Brothers - soundtrack
(I’ve had) THE TIME OF MY LIFE - Dirty Dancing soundtrack
MANIAC - Flashdance soundtrack
FOOTLOOSE - Kenny Loggins - soundtrack
ALIVE AND KICKING – Simple Minds
EYE OF THE TIGER - Survivor
BILLIE JEAN (or BEAT IT) – Michael Jackson
WALKING ON SUNSHINE - Katrina and the Waves
COME ON EILEEN - Dexy’s Midnight Runners
RIO - Duran Duran
TAINTED LOVE - Soft Cell
DON’T YOU WANT ME -Human League
WAKE ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO – Wham!
IT’S STILL ROCK AND ROLL TO ME - Billy Joel
EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE - Police
FAITH– George Michael (R.I.P)
DANCING WITH MYSELF -Billy Idol
MODERN LOVE – David Bowie (R.I.P.)
WHEN DOVES CRY – Prince (R.I.P)
SHE BLINDED ME WITH SCIENCE – Thomas Dolby
RED RED WINE- UB40
ONCE IN A LIFETIME - Talking Heads
MONEY FOR NOTHING -Dire Straits
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST -Queen
I’M STILL STANDING -Elton John
HIGHER LOVE - Steve Winwood
SWEET CHILD O’MINE -Guns and Roses
LIVIN’ ON A PRAYER - Bon Jovi
SWEET DREAMS (Are Made of This) – Eurythmics
OWNER OF A LONELY HEART - Yes
WHIP IT - Devo
BLISTER IN THE SUN – Violent Femmes
TEMPTED – Squeeze
MIRROR IN THE BATHROOM – The English Beat
DOWN UNDER - Men at Work
IN A BIG COUNTRY – Big Country
YOU SPIN ME ROUND (Like a record) - Dead or Alive
ENJOY THE SILENCE - Depeche Mode
EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD - Tears For Fears
SLEDGEHAMMER - Peter Gabriel
OUR HOUSE – Madness
CRAZY - Seal
LOVE IS A BATTLEFIELD- Pat Benatar
RUNNING UP THAT HILL (A Deal with God) – Kate Bush
HOLD ME NOW – Thompson Twins
(closing time):
FRAGILE – Sting
TAKE ME HOME – Phil Collins

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What’s a song that captures your personality?

We’ve asked your favorite songs before, we’ve asked what songs have gotten stuck in your head or fit your mood… but never have we asked what songs define or embody you as a person. Here are some things you can think about: the lyrics (or perhaps no lyrics at all!), the genre of music, the dynamics, the speed, the length of the track, whether it’s acoustic or full band, or perhaps its popularity.

Here are what a few Mighty staffers had to say:

🐶Kat: “Dog Days” by Florence and the Machine ➡️ I’ve been through… a lot. And this song, through its dynamics and poetry, is an anthem of survival. I am always running, weighed down by my struggles, but I always try and search for the joy. That brightness is what I hold onto, with the hope that happiness is waiting for me once I get through the heaviness.

🔧Carla: “Monkey Wrench” by Foo Fighters ➡️ This song speaks to my refusal to fit into the boxes that people have always tried to put me in — trying to turn me into some kind of inspiration to make my situation make more sense to them. I have really tried to make my own way and don’t buy into other people’s ideas of who I am and what my life was going to be.

🌓Ashley: “You Are the Moon” by The Hush Sound ➡️ This song speaks to the fact that things I do are good or cool but I tend to only see it through the lens of imperfections, and that applies to my art, my work, my relationships. It’s all-encompassing. I do sometimes need that external reminder.

#DistractMe #CheckInWithMe #MightyMinute #ChronicPain #ChronicIllness #RareDisease #Disability #MightyMusic #MentalHealth #Anxiety #Depression

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You can do it #MightyMusic #Hobby #Admire #Guitar

During the pandemic I had a revelation why not buy a guitar and go from admiring guitar #Music 🎶 to playing #Guitar #Music 🎸🎶 ?! There are videos on you tube that can help you learn using simplest chords. Love my new #Hobby !

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It's me, hi, I'm the problem, it's me!

I often find that no matter what I’m going through there’s a Swift song “taylored” to what I’m going through (yes I did a Taylor Swift pun, because I’m punstoppable—sorry, not sorry 😜)

But today I really feel like the Anti-Hero because I publicly declared feeling a bit better here, then I did some things, which quickly became too many things, and now I’m crashing big time. It’s true, I have this thing where I get older but just never wiser but in my defence; when it comes to chronic illness, hope is a back biting beast.

More times than I care to remember or could possibly count, I start to feel better and try to do some muggle sh*t, like trying to live a normal life and stuff—then the rubber band snaps back, and hits me in face. It’s like when Steve Martin’s character from Father of The Bride says “It was like that old joke, "All those who think they have it made take one step forward... not so fast George Banks!"

So for the moment, I’m taking two steps backward, and Midnights have become my afternoons again. I’m spending some time with darkness my old friend. Fortunately I’m quite comfortable with the Sound of Silence.

#MyCondition #AutonomicDysfunction #AutonomicNeuropathy #Dysautonomia #DistractMe #ChronicIllness #ChronicFatigue #MyalgicEncephalomyelitis #MightyMusic

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