Day 311: “Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Crowded House (1996)

The last song performed during the last concert of their Farewell to the World concert at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, on November 24, 1996.

“There is freedom within, there is freedom without
Try to catch the deluge in a paper cup
There’s a battle ahead, many battles are lost
But you’ll never see the end of the road
While you’re traveling with me

Hey now, Hey now
Don’t dream it’s over
Hey now, Hey now
When the world comes in
They come, They come
To build a wall between us
We know they won’t win”

Day 298: “Over the Rainbow” – Ariana Grande (2017)

Some performances are transcendent – and even if you don’t like the song (or the way she chose to interpret it) – this still is one of them.

It would have been easy – and understandable – for Manchester or Ms. Grande – to have pulled the plug on this event after what happened in London yesterday. It would have been easy – and understandable – for the other performers to have pulled out of the show. It would have been easy – and understandable – for the fans (and the people of Manchester) to have stayed away and left the venue empty.

It would have been easy, but it never would have been a moment as beautiful as this.

Day 295: “More Than a Name on a Wall” – The Statler Brothers (n.d.)

“I saw her from a distance, as she walked up to the wall.
In her hand she held some flowers, as her tears began to fall.
She took out pen and paper as to trace her mem’ries.
She looked up to heaven, and the words she said were these.

She said, ‘Lord my boy was special, and he meant so much to me,
And Oh, I’d love to see him just one more time you see.
All I have are the mem’ries and the moments to recall,
So Lord could you tell him he’s more than a name on the wall?'”