50 Songs! 50 Years!

"I know it's over - still I cling 
I don't know where else I can go 

I can't believe this is over. Maybe I'll start my 100 songs for when I turn 100. Wait, how will that even…

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Song 50: "A Million Years Or So" 

I give you cover song number fifty. It's been a journey, everybody. Thanks for being with me. My birthday is next week and I'm hoping to look as happy as my dad does in this polaroid from 1986.


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Song 49: "Powerful Man" 

At family week with my mom at WSU (photo: Wendy Trigsted)

During my last semester at WSU, the station manager at KZUU was going through CDs to be added to rotation and cataloged. I asked, "What about this…

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Song 48: "Stockholm Syndrome" 

Here in my house there's a saying, "You can listen to anything you want as long as it's Yo La Tengo." Just kidding it's actually, "If there can be only one band in this world, please let it be…

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Song 47: "Wonder of You" 

"Wonder of You" is a beautiful song by Baker Knight. Elvis Presley made it popular when he recorded it live in Las Vegas around 1970 while wearing that crazy jumpsuit with rhinestones. I made my version very quickly on my…

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Song 46: "Mother of God" 

Hendy Woods (Oct. 2022) - photo by Christina Wenger

Patty Griffin is a Texas-based songwriter whose music brought me much comfort while learning to be a music therapist between 2002 - 2004. It was an uncertain time for…

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Song 45: "Here" 

"Here" is where the magic happens

Pavement's album, Slanted and Enchanted, defined the summer of 1993 for me. I was living in my first apartment, attending classes at Washington State University, playing hacky sack (don't ask), and…

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Song 44: "Two Hands" 

I fell in love with the band Big Thief. They snuck up on me and it took a while, but I eventually got there. They create textures with their music and I can almost reach out and feel how rough…

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Song 43: "Wichita Lineman" 

Jimmy Webb wrote "Wichita Lineman" in 1968. Glen Campbell recorded it in the same year, and released it on his album of the same name (pictured above). 

I can't help but think about the brilliant film, released in 2014…

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Song 42: "Prove My Love" 

"Prove My Love" is just one classic song from an entire album of classic songs - the debut self-titled album by Violent Femmes, released in 1982. I was in Lewiston, ID the first time I heard it, sitting on the…

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Song 40: "From St. Kilda to Kings Cross" 

I lived in Australia from 2011 - 2015. One day, my neighbor brought me a couple CDs to listen to. One was by The Go-Betweens and the other was by Paul Kelly, a much celebrated songwriter in the country. I…

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