Susan from West of Mars is a friend of Music Savvy Mom. A regular here, she’s shuffled for us before, and generally swings by daily to say hey and dish the snark.
I tell you this to say that she’s someone that I consider to be a friend, and whom I respect.
Susan knows that we usually take things light around here and rolls along with it…so when she told me she had a serious shuffle for me, I listened.
When I was made aware of the reason for this shuffle, I dropped everything and told her I’d put it up immediately. I’m a Virginian with close ties to Virginia Tech…and I’m a Mother. The news of this girl’s disappearance hits me square in the gut.
So, I’m joining Susan in putting the information out there – not hesitating to “see what happens” in light of all the hoaxes this past week. Frankly…I’m hoping like hell that this IS a hoax.
Take it as you will, and do what you feel moved to do. Personally, I’m going to circulate the flyer…and pray.
Those of you who know me well know I’m a die-hard Metallica fan. (Heck, check my bio if you’re not sure what I mean)
I’m also a parent. Of two kids who are also, naturally, Metallica fans.
It used to be, when I was a kid, that a parent’s worst fear was a broken bone. Today, my greatest fear is that my children will be abducted. Being a Criminal Minds junkie doesn’t help my vivid writer’s imagination, let me tell you.
That’s why, when word came down that a young college student, Morgan Dana Harrington vanished from a Metallica show in Virginia, I hurt. I’m feeling this one, maybe more than the little girls who are my daughter’s age and have that same sweet face. This disappearance… it feels a little too close to home. Sort of like that phone call I once got saying, “We arrested a stalker and she’s dropping your name.”
It’s in my community.
I wanted to do a shuffle for Morgan. Something to say, “Keep fighting and don’t give up.”
But when I sat down with my music library, I realized that the songs I was gravitating toward were for her parents as well as for her. I can’t even imagine the hell her parents are in right now. (They’ve also offered a reward of $100,000 for any information leading to finding her.) Every time I try to, all I do is visualize a black wall. Anger. Despair. Panic. Fear.
(and I’m pissed this isn’t getting more media attention, too.)
So… here’s a special shuffle for Morgan and her parents. Stay strong.
Metallica — Hero of the Day
Heroes show up in odd places. They are often the darndest people. Keepers of the flames/Can’t you feel your names?
Harry Chapin — Cats in the Cradle
Enough said. This song of a child growing up… it’s what we all expect when that child arrives, just the other day. Hopefully, your story will have a very very long ending.
Disturbed — Believe
No good lyrics to quote to you here. But the title alone makes this worth including. And it’s good and angry. Let David and company be angry for you, so your head is clear and you can focus on getting Morgan home.
Evanescence — Bring me to Life
Not to suggest there’s a life or death situation here, so much as my hope of an awakening of Morgan’s power. Empowerment. A way to find her way home.
Call my name and save me from the dark.
Flyleaf — Fully Alive
Fully alive/more than most/ready to smile and love life
… and she knows how to believe/in futures.
Godsmack — I Fucking Hate You
Yeah, it’s okay to hate. I believe this. Hatred, when channeled properly, gives us inspiration, energy, drive. I can’t even quote lyrics here; they’re simply perfect.
Linkin Park — Somewhere I Belong
It’s simple: Our kids belong with us. Belong TO us. As much as they hate it, as much as they grow older and test their own wings, they will always belong to the people who created them. With obvious exceptions — the abused children, for example.
May Morgan come home. All my thoughts and prayers are with you. I wish there was more I could do.
(Ri, thanks a million!)
EARLY MORNING EDIT:
I felt like I needed to do more…we do actually have quite a few close ties to Virginia Tech at this blog, and it feels like family. So, I made a Clickable Badge to help spread the information. The link takes you directly to the Virginia Tech News Information Page – they seemed to have the most comprehensive information/tip lines/police info, etc. in one place.
NOWHERE is Music Savvy Mom linked. Period. This just gets you straight to the current information with one click – nothing else.
So, if you’d like to add the badge to your blog/website/emails or anywhere else that is HTML functional, please do.
Thanks ~ Ri
blog or website,
to spread information
and help in finding Morgan.