Songs for playing DND

Here’s my favourite new finds for songs to play in the background of your next DND session! 😎✨

Yes, I play DND, and I love it!

Best background songs for playing DND

1. Step into the Stinky Dragon by Micah Risinger – look, I’m cheating with this one because it’s from the DND actual play podcast Tales from the Stinky Dragon, but I’m not sorry — it’s just amazing! Great for literally anything. (Bonus – another amazing song by Micah that’s been stuck in my head for weeks: His Name Is Mudd (firbolg comedy song).)

2. Jungle & tribal music – lost rainforest by the Fiechters. Good for forest and wilderness scenes!

3. Running up that hill (by Kate Bush) instrumentals only, performed by the Unsecret String Quartet. Great for emotional scenes.

4. Heroic Fantasy Music by the Fiechters. Good for the start of initiative in combat scenes and for use as a theme song for characters in the martial classes.

5. If in a fantasy Maori setting – Hine-i-te Awatea (Oceanic Feeling, the Maori translation version) by Lorde. Good for druids. ♥️

(C) TJ Withers, 2023. Please credit me when sharing or reposting, thank you!

Songs for Lucky Girl Syndrome

I recently tried searching for songs and playlists to help me build confidence that things can and will go well for me…

But I couldn’t find any good lists 😔 😕

So here’s the list I made for myself! It’s a public playlist on YouTube Music – TJ Withers – so go ahead and add it to your library if you like it!

I found all of these artists through tiktok and I like their style!

Best lucky girl songs 2023

I plan to add to this list, so let me know your favourite songs to help you feel lucky and optimistic and manifest only the best for yourself!

You’ll recognise Sia, of course, and you might know Morgan St Jean as the singer songwriter who went viral for “Not All Men”. As an SA survivor myself, I love that song more than words can say, and I love this new song by her, “Energy”, even more!

All my love to these artists for their work, I’m really enjoying listening to your songs to motivate me through a difficult time in life!

(C) TJ Withers, 2023, please credit me when sharing or reposting. Thank you!

Creating as an act of worship

Every act of creating is an act of worship because it is an echo of what our great creator did in making us.

This month I’ve had one migraine after another – sigh! For me that’s just the result of stress and being too busy to find true rest. One of the more painful results of that is that I’ve been unable to stay in the room when we’re worshipping together at church or the awesome camps I lead on (SU’s Ubertweak, and Gateway Youth Camp)… because the music makes me feel like a hippo’s jaws are squeezing down on my head.

Photo of fighting hippos from Animals Time

On National Geographic’s TV show ‘Dangerous Encounters with Brady Barr’, Dr Brady measured the bite force of an adult female hippo at 8,100 newtons (enough to crush a crocodile), but they had to give up trying to measure the male’s bite pressure because it was so aggressive.
Image source: Animals Time

I’ve found this time of personal silence challenging, but it’s also brought me back to an old truth – that there are so many more ways to worship God than just singing songs. The method of worship that I’ve found most powerful during this time is creating: every time I create, or write, or paint, or sew, I’m worshipping.

Me painting in 2011 during my ‘A Year on Canvas’ project.

Me painting in 2011 during my ‘A Year on Canvas’ project.

A couple of years ago I ran an activity at Youth called 1:1. The name was a reference to the beginning of the Hebrew poem that tells the creation story in Genesis 1:1: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Over the course of the night, our 150 kids painted canvasses, journalled, made encouragement cards for each other, and made and flew paper airplanes. We revelled in the act of reflecting what God did in creating us.

One of my Youth girls’ talented artist mothers, Tess Geizer, made this cross for me for my birthday. I’ve worn it every Friday night since then for leading at Youth.

One of my Youth girls’ talented artist mothers, Tess Geizer, made this cross for me for my birthday. I’ve worn it every Friday night since then for leading at Youth.

Soul Survivor church in Watford, England, experienced revival in the late 1990s when they did something similar. They cut back their music team from the now-typical rock concert style to the congregation singing with only their voices. Why would they do that when they were already one of the leading worship music creators worldwide?

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