Songs That Make Me Feel Things 1 - The Dance, Garth Brooks 

Hi there! Merilette here. Welcome to the first entry in my blog series, 'Songs That Make Me Feel Things'. In this series I will be getting incredibly personal with you all, detailing why certain songs mean so much to me and how I relate them to my life. 

Today, we will be taking a look at The Dance. A quick word of warning - this will get really serious really fast. 

The Dance, written by Tony Arata and made popular by Garth Brooks, is often considered one of the greatest songs ever written in country…

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Please read: The late Dolores O'Riordan’s protest song, Zombie, and Antwon Rose 

Matt and I are in our beloved Volvo station wagon with our two pups, on the way to Indiana to see mama Gail and enjoy the lake. When we go on road trips, we always listen to loud music, as most people do. The first album I put on when we got on our way was The Cranberries’ greatest hits album. 

Zombie is the third song on the album, and although the lyrics were written about the IRA bombing in Warrington, Ireland, the lyrics hit me hard in regards to Antwon Rose. 

I wasn’t expecting it, and was startled…

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I never in a million years thought that my home state would matter as much to my identity as it does now that I don't live there anymore. 

Maybe it's because when I was living in Texas, most EVERYBODY was from Texas, so it didn't feel very special or interesting or important. On top of that, I'd been there from birth. I didn't know anything else.

But as soon as I landed in Pittsburgh, I realized just how important Texas was to my life story and identity. Here are some things and situations that ALWAYS…

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