2023 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge – Reflections #a-to-zchallenge

#AtoZChallenge 2023 Reflections

This was my second A-to-Z blogging challenge. I managed to stay ahead of daily articles by writing a couple in advance and scheduling them. This kept my deadline-is-looming anxiety down, which was a welcomed improvement over my last-minute writing from 2022.

Here is a recap of my A-to-Z articles. I went with the 2023 A-to-Z theme of resilience. I chose 26 songs that showed us, musically, what resilience looks (sounds?) like. I also offered a reflection of the resilience in each song.

For your reading convenience, I’ve listed my 26 articles with links. I designated seven of the songs as resilience anthems. I’ve indicated those songs with RA. The seven resilience anthems are alphabetical and in no particular order of importance, except for Queen’s The Show Must Go On, which is the resilience anthem of all resilience anthems. I gave it the #1 RA honor.

A is for Aretha FranklinChain of Fools
B is for the Beatles – Help!
C is for Cyndi Lauper – True Colors
D is for Diana Ross – You Can’t Hurry Love
E is for Elton JohnI’m Still StandingRA
F is for Frank Sinatra – My WayRA
G is for Gloria GaynorI Will SurviveRA
H is for Hugh Jackman – What have I Done?
I is for Idina MenzelLet It Go!RA
J is for Johnny CashA Boy Named Sue
K is for Keala SettleThis is MeRA
L is for Little CosetteCastle on a Cloud
M is for Reba McEntire Fancy
N is for Nancy SinatraThese Boots are Made for Walkin RA
O is for Roy OrbisonOnly the Lonely
P is for Patsy Cline – Walkin’ After Midnight
Q is for QueenThe Show Must Go On #1 RA
R is for Roy Clark – Thank God and Greyhound
S is for Sarah BrightmanWishing You were Somehow Here Again
T is for Traveling Wilburys – Handle with Care
U is for Righteous BrothersUnchained Melody
V is for Village PeopleY.M.C.A
W is for Willie NelsonHello, Walls
X is for the Chicks (aka DiXie Chicks)Goodbye, Earl
Y is for Yardbirds – Crying Out for Love
Z is for Zendaya and Zac EfronRewrite the Stars

#AtoZChallenge 2023 Winner

I appreciated each and every like and comment I received on these 26 ‘resilience in songs’ articles during the April 2023 A-to-Z Blogging Challenge. 

I’m packing my virtual suitcase and fueling my virtual car in preparation of the road trip to visit the A-to-Z bloggers I missed reading during April. I’m looking forward to meeting new readers who stop by here and to also discover new-to-me-bloggers.

See you soon!

Until next time,
Kaye Spencer
writing through history one romance upon a time


  1. Queen! Heck yeah. Awesome choice.
    Second Chance Song by Shinedown … just a suggestion.
    I’ll Be Back Around Song by I Am the Avalanche … another suggestion.
    The month is over so it doesn’t matter, but I couldn’t help but add to the list.
    I enjoyed the April Blogging from #AtoZChallenge 2023.
    Proof of Existence, book two in my dark urban fantasy series, came out in April. I hope you’ll check it out.
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    J Lenni Dorner (he/him πŸ‘¨πŸ½ or πŸ§‘πŸ½ they/them) ~ Speculative Fiction &Reference Author, OperationAwesome6 Debut Author Interviewer, and Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge

    1. Thanks for the song suggestions. I’m not familiar with them, so I’m on my way to YouTube to find them. ;- Thanks, also, for stopping by.

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