WED - music playlist We asked supporters to share their favourite songs for a special World Encephalitis Day 2022 music playlist. As always, you came up trumps and we have a lovely mix of songs, some of which mean something personal to you and your encephalitis journey, and others which are simply rip-roaring good tunes! We hope you enjoy! YouTube Spotify The first two songs of the playlist were chosen by Yvonne, who sums it up perfectly: “When short-term memory is damaged, quite a few of us have found the lyrics of songs remain clear in our long term memories. Music stopped me from feeling I’d gone insane.” Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads (“It’s exactly how crazy I felt when first I woke up from encephalitis”) Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper (My family during my encephalitis recovery”) Warrior – Hannah Kerr Chosen by Tricia: “Warrior is my daughter’s hype song” Rise Up – Andra Day Chosen by Hayley and also Gemma Knowing me, Knowing You – Abba Chosen by Helen Heaven Can Wait – Sia, Labrinth, Diplo Chosen by Angelique Fight Song – Rachel Platten Chosen by Katie We are Family – Sister Sledge Chosen by Dr Ava Easton, our Chief Executive I’m Still Standing – Elton John Chosen by Jackie A Thousand Years – Christina Perri Chosen by Natalie Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel, Kate Bush Chosen by Graham I Find it Hard - Hazy Janes Chosen by Bron Bury, our Individual Giving Manager Better Days – Dermot Kennedy Chosen by Ammir Livin’ on a Prayer - Bon Jovi Chosen by Helen She’s Lost Control – Joy Division Chosen by Chris The Chain – Fleetwood Mac Chosen by Faye New Year’s Day – U2 Chosen by Mairead Stand by You – Rachel Platten Chosen by Bernadette World Shut Your Mouth – Julian Cope Chosen by Karen: “especially good when you are frustrated!” We Will Recover – Natasha Bedingfield Chosen by Hazel: “Beautiful words” Lucky Man – The Verve Chosen by Darren: “It was the first song I heard when I left hospital after encephalitis and made me realise I really was lucky.” Girl on Fire - Alecia Keys Chosen by Hayleigh: "This was my fight song in hospital." Smile by Nat King Cole Chosen by Kym: "In memory of our Mum who was always smiling and laughing. She never lost her sense of humour after suffering the worst consequences of encephalitis." Suspicious Minds by Elvis Presley Chosen by Jessica: "When my son was ill with encephalitis his favourite singer at the time was Elvis Presley and the nurses and I would play it for him when he was upset or couldn't settle to sleep, his favourite to listen to was Suspicious Minds, he'd want it playing on repeat." Walking the Dinosaur by Was (Not Was) Chosen by Sarah for her son, Nicholas. Angels on my Side – Rick Astley Chosen by Lucy Berri – The Sunshine after the Rain Chosen by Michelle My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit Chosen by Sasha I am the Resurrection – The Stone Roses Chosen by Nicole Sail the Wildest Stretch – Powder Finger Chosen by Chris The Edge (Encephalitis) – Vickie Harkness Chosen by Vickie Memories – Maroon 5 Chosen by Emma-Jane: “I fell ill with encephalitis and missed my own wedding and lost a lot of my memory, so when we finally got married nine months later, this was our first dance song” Memories – Barbara Streisand Chosen by Terry Move – TobyMac Chosen by Shanna Annie: Tommorow – Charles Strouse, Andrea McArdle, Peter Howard Chosen by Lisa Search for the Hero – M People Chosen by Gina Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses Chosen by Derek Don’t Stop Believing – Glee Cast Version Chosen by Douglas Kendime Yeni Bir Ben Lazım - Sertap Erener Chosen by Makbule: "Everytime I heard this song, I thought it was written for me. Because of my memory loss, it is very suitable." The Lonesome Boatman - Finbar Furey Chosen by Helen: "I remember listening to his songs while in hospital. He also sent me a special message when I was in hospital which I will cherish forever." Glorious – Macklemore (feat Skylar Grey) Chosen by Laura You're Gonna be Okay - Jenn Johnson Chosen by Stacey This is Me – Keala Settle, The Greatest Showman ensemble Chosen by Lorna She Used to be Mine – Sara Bareilles Chosen by Sarah: "These words for someone who has lost their memory due to encephalitis are just heart wrenching." 18 Until I Die – Bryan Adams Chosen by Nicky: “I was reborn and woke up from my coma on my 18th birthday and this has been my anthem ever since.” I Wish it Would Rain – The Temptations Chosen by James: "When I was recovering and still in hospital, I watched the film ‘Men of Honor’. I was potentially looking at losing my career in the army over encephalitis. Fortunately, I made a full recovery. However, I Wish it Would Rain’ from the montage of Carl Brashear’s recovery has stuck with me, and always gives me strength." Bright Sadness - Jill Phillips Chosen by Gabe and Keely (Gabe played on this song and is on backing vocals) Keep the Faith - Bon Jovi Chosen by Ryan: "My dad has anti-DPPX antibody autoimmune encephalitis and we would always play Bon Jovi for him when he was in the hospital and during recovery." Finally... Wake Me Up - Aliki Chosen by Michelle: "When Aliki sang it on The X-Factor, I just cried and cried."