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Playlist: A Mother’s Love

This is the most heart-wrenching playlist I have ever posted. An article I stumbled upon two years ago in the Washington Post highlighted the emergence of the playlist as the next wave in music and references the Gartner study on the subject.

But is was one particular playlist mentioned that really grabbed me.

The article introduced me to Justine Saylors who lost her beautiful 14-year old son Lance to cancer. She turned to the playlist as a way to help her cope with what is the most difficult thing we can face as human beings, the loss of a child. Her playlists also provided a way for her to connect with others.

As you listen to the songs in this playlist and read Lance's memoriam on you may find yourself overcome with emotion to the point of tears. Every song, whether you like them or not, is magnified 100 times by the context in which the list was put together. Each one takes on new meaning and becomes a powerful force.

This is the power of the playlist at it's very best.

Justine Saylor's first playlist for her son Lance after his passing

1. Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again - Andrew Lloyd Webber

2. So Long, So Wrong - Alison Krauss & Union Station

3. Slumber My Darling - Yo-Yo Ma

4. Incomplete - Backstreet Boys 

5. Show Me The Meaning Of Being Lonely - Backstreet Boys

6. I Am Your Child - Barry Manilow

7. Morning Has Broken - Cat Stevens

8. Fly - Celine Dion 

9. If I Could - Celine Dion

10. Fix You - Coldplay

11. To The Morning - Dan Fogelberg 

12. On Golden Pond - David Grusin

13. Circle Of Life - Elton John

14. Only Time - Enya

15. You're Still Here (Single Version) - Faith Hill 

16. Both Sides, Now - Joni Mitchell

17. Remember Me This Way - Jordan Hill

18. To Where You Are - Josh Groban 

19. Dust In The Wind - Kansas

20. Who You'd Be Today - Kenny Chesney

21. I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

22. Can Heaven Wait - Luther Vandross 

23. The Impossible Dream - Luther Vandross

24. He's My Son (Without Background Vocals) - Mark Schultz

25. 10,000 Miles - Mary Chapin Carpenter 

26. This Is Not Goodbye - Melissa Etheridge

27. Homesick - MercyMe

28. Don't Speak - No Doubt

29. My Only Love - Roxy Music 

30. By Your Side - Sade

31. The Sound Of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel

32. Best I'll Ever Be - Sister Hazel

33. When I Look To The Sky - Train 

34. How Do I Live - Trisha Yearwood 

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