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The Song That Changed Your Life

The Song That Changed Your Life: Finalists

We kicked off 2013 with a writing challenge, asking you to share personal stories about a pivotal moment in your life and the music that evokes it.

We received hundreds of entries in the three weeks the competition was open. The songs written about were of many different genres and eras, and the stories attached to them ranged from heart-wrenching to entertaining. It was a tough job, but our readers Jane Hamilton Silcott and Jason Schneider read them all and selected what they deemed to be the best stories that were sent in.

So, without further ado… Here are the 23 stories on the longlist for The Songs That Changed Your Life writing challenge. 

That Friday” by Stephen Barredo (Milton, ON)
Cat’s in the Cradle” by Elizabeth Booth (Calgary, AB)
Cashing In” by Richard Borek (Omemee, ON)
Three Songs” by Susan Borgersen (Mill Village, NS)
Morrissey” by David Burga (Mississauga, ON)
She Wispered” by Lyle Burwell (Gloucester, ON)
The Age of Aquarius” by Irene Fantopoulos (Toronto, ON)
Freedom and Bruce Springsteen” by Terri Favro (Toronto, ON)
Congregations” by Carla Gadula (Ottawa, ON)
Being Big” by Stephanie Hall (Cochrane, AB)
Leaving on a Jet Plane” by Shell Ledrew (Pasadena, NL)
Jimi Hendrix” by Bruce LeFevre (Toronto, ON)
Yolanda” by Christopher Levan (Toronto, ON)
Engelbert” by Elaine McDivitt (Seaforth, ON)
Helpless” by Debra McGrath (Toronto, ON) 
Background Noise” by Judith Ouellette-Bezaire (LaSalle, ON)
The WeakerthansGreg Pratt (Victoria, BC)
Mad RushCristina Rizzuto (Woodbridge, ON)
Layla” by Ann Sarich (Sault Ste-Marie, ON)
In the Mood” by Irena Szpak (Kingston, ON)
The Reason” by Carmen Vickery (Edmonton, AB)
"Bach's Concerto No. 5by David Waltner-Toews (Kitchener, ON)
"The Last Time I Saw Him" by Deborah Whelan (Hearts Delight-Islington, NL)
Yodelling” by Lana Willocks (Calgary, AB)
T-Shirt” by Taylor Wilson (Winona, ON)
Nausicaa Requiem” by Isaac Yuen (Coquitlam, BC)
Congratulations everyone! And thank you to all who entered!

It’s now up to our judge Dave Bidini to pick the winner. We will be announcing his decision on Thursday, January 31. Stay tuned!

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