Mizzfit’s Top of the Charts

What is the one thing we say defines us more than our choice in clothes, car, house, or finery? It charges us, relaxes us, puts us in a fighting mood, and inspires us to new creative heights — It can only be music. It’s how we express a little bit of our unknowable selves: from heavy metal bands to whirling dervishes to that kid next door practicing on the recorder — we seem to know more about them from what they choose to play. This week we share our top hits.

To come up with my top 3 songs I mentally scrolled through my music library and thought about which ones had staying power – you know, the ones that remain favorites, outlasting those feverish impulse downloads. And immediately: Elvis, with those waggling & scandalous hips making the crowd go wild with Polk Salad Annie. I cannot get enough of that song. Ask me if I’m an Elvis or a Beatles girl, and I think you’ll know the answer. Elvis until the end.

Speaking of ends, when I left the military in my rearview mirror I set off on an epic adventure visiting family I hadn’t seen in donkey’s ages. And while in Zimbabwe with my brother, who loves to turn on the tunes first thing in the morning, I kept hearing a line from a song, “I got soul, but I’m not a soldier” — oh how that resonated. I tracked down who sang it, and immediately bought a cd of The Killers’ Hot Fuss album with: All These Things That I’ve Done. Such a huge amount of love for that song. Sheesh.

And because I love music featuring a heavy guitar influence: there’s no-one else for me but Jimi Hendrix. Such crazy badass talent; it grabs a part of me and squeezes out wild dance moves. I wish I could’ve seen him perform live, man, that must’ve been amazing. It’s hard for me to pick a favorite song, so so hard, I love them all. Is it possible to miss someone you never knew? I miss you, Jimi. And so today I choose Little Wing.

I’m so grateful to have music in my life, grateful to these artists for expressing their talents and enriching the world, making it a better place. I encourage you to choose your top 3 songs, it’s an enlivening experience.

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