Really, truly, it doesn’t make sense even to me:
Ever since my sister mentioned today’s total solar eclipse ages ago – The Greatest Celestial Event since the founding of our country – I’ve been downright giddy at the thought of it. It is even the inspiration for my (in)courage post today. I’m a little jellie, (okay…a lot) of the folks who’ll see it along the path of totality (I’m looking at you, Sissy), and I am K.I.C.K.I.N.G. myself for not getting eclipse glasses (in case you’re wondering, stacking sunglasses will not prevent damage to your eyes. Darn.)
It looks like we’ll have pretty good coverage where I live, maybe 90-95% (HOLLA Macon, GA! The moon will be closest to the sun at 2:39pm. Set your watches, homies.)
I’m back from a long weekend out of town and don’t have time to go deep with All The Eclipse-inspired Thoughts I’m having this morning, so I thought it would be fun to create a playlist of sun- and moon-themed songs to play during eclipse viewing. Please do chime in with your favorite, or share good songs I’ve missed.
- I Can See Clearly Now, Johnny Nash
- Brighter Than the Sun, Colbie Caillat (so, so, SO happy)
- Staring at the Sun, U2
- Soak Up the Sun, Sheryl Crow
- Island in the Sun, Weezer
- Under the Boardwalk, The Drifters (okay…this one’s a stretch, but I love beach music and this one mentions the sun in the first line)
- Circle ‘Round the Sun, Matthew E. White (new to me, loved this)
- Good Day Sunshine, Paul McCartney
- Toward the Sun, Rihanna
- Seasons in the Sun, Terry Jacks (a sad one but I loved it back in the day….)
- Sun is Shining, Bob Marley
- The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore, The Walker Brothers
- Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me, George Michael and Sir Elton John
- I’ll Follow the Sun, The Beatles
And my FAVORITE sun-song:
And for the moon songs?
- Sun and Moon, Phil Wickham (another new one to me, love it)
- Here Comes the Moon, George Harrison
- Fly Me To the Moon, Frank Sinatra
- Moonshadow, Cat Stevens (Remember this one all my This Is Us fan-fanatics?)
- Talking to the Moon, Bruno Mars
- There’s a Moon in the Sky, The B-52s
- Dancing in the Moonlight, Thin Lizzy
- Song About the Moon, Phil Simon (This one is gooood…)
And because this is an Event for the Ages, I believe it’s absolutely appropriate to end with one of my top favorite songs of all time: 100 Years by Five for Fighting, a reminder of life’s brevity.
Today is a day we’ll remember for the rest of our lives. For the first time in a very long while, it feels like we live in “one Nation, under God, indivisible.” I have this lovely sense of human connectedness that feels both foreign and familiar.
This moment is fleeting but the memory is forever.