RADIATION: The Play List

When I started this cancer journey back in November I at first tried to shrug it off as just something else I had to get through. It has been that, mostly.

But when I went for the pre-surgical consult in May, I realized that “$#!+ was getting real.”

When the day came to start the radiation treatments, I knew that all I had to do was get through the next twenty-five weekdays and I would be done. So I came up with an idea to do a musical countdown. Finding a song for every number from one to twenty-five was a challenge. But, I did it.

Daily on Facebook I would post the song, and a phrase with the countdown. And I promised my friends and followers that there would be a playlist. So, here it is.

Radiation: The Playlist

One singular sensation…1/25
One, A Chorus Line

Two can be as bad as one, it’s the loneliest number since the number one… 2/25
One, Three Dog Night

Once, twice, three times a laser…3/25
Three Times A Lady,  Lionel Richie

Twenty-five or six to four…4/25
25 or 6 to 4, Chicago

It’s five o’clock somewhere…but not here yet…5/25
It’s Five O’clock Somewhere, Alan Jackson and Jimmy Buffet

Sometimes I spend the whole afternoon sitting around and singing a tune about six (Bert to Ernie) … 6/25
Sesame Street: Bert’s Favorite Number 6

Call it hell, call it heaven, But it’s probably twelve to seven…7/25
Guys and Dolls

Ain’t got nothin’ but treatment, eight days a week…8/25

Ask not for whom the bell tolls. Today it tolled for ME! #outdamnedspot #cancersucks #25anddone

Eight Days A Week, The Beatles

Love Potion Number Nine…9/25
Love Potion No. 9, The Clovers

Ten minutes ago, I got here…10/25
Ten Minutes Ago, Cinderella

One day I’ll have me a
Chauffeur… and a block long limousine to drive me to these appointments…Eee-o-Eleven (Sammy Davis, Jr.)…11/25

Twelve gates to the city all square (thanks Elvis)…12/25
I, John

Well, there’s thirteen hundred and fifty two guitar pickers in Nashville (Lovin’ Spoonful), but not quite as many treatments left…13/25
Nashville Cats

Fourteen days. Fourteen fights. Fourteen lefts. And fourteen rights. (Bill Haley and His Comets)…14/25
Hot Dog Buddy Buddy

Fifteen miles on the “Eerie” Canal…15/25
The Erie Canal Song

You’re sixteen, you’re beautiful, and you’re more than halfway done…16/25
You’re Sixteen, You’re Beautiful, Ringo Star

Only seventeen, but I’m no dancing queen…17/25
Dancing Queen, Abba

And roll on eighteen-wheeler roll on (Alabama)…18/25
Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)

Aw, it was 19-something (Mark Wills)…19/25
19 Somethin’

Life was so much easier twenty years ago (Kenny Rogers)…20/25
Twenty Years Ago

Wo wo wo wo wo wo hey, twenty one, twenty one (The Shirelles)…21/25
Twenty One

It took me 22 years, Oh my (Styx)…22/25
22 Years

They learned readin’, writin’, Route 23 (Dwight Yoakam)…23/25
Readin’, Writin’, Rt. 23

One day more…this never-ending road to Calvary…24/25
One Day More! Les Miserables

I can’t believe that it’s all over, Baby (Skeeter Davis)…25/25…
I Can’t Believe That It’s All Over

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