I didn’t read much news yesterday, so I didn’t learn of the death of Dolores O’Riordan, who was the lead singer of The Cranberries, one of my favorite bands of the mid-1990s, until today. My favorite song of theirs was always Salvation. It was a fast, almost punk song that seemed inspired by The Ramones in execution. Like most music in my life, I moved on and this was one song I kind of forgot about. Radio still plays Linger and Zombie, but much of the rest of The Cranberries catalog is ignored. A few years back, just as I was starting with recovery, I somehow rediscovered the song. Twenty years later it was amazing how it was more pertinent than ever. While heroin wasn’t my addiction, this was the most direct song about addiction I’ve heard and I still listen to it when I need a little boost of energy and affirmation.

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  1. I was sadden by her death also. I grew up listening to the Cranberries. “Salvation” is a powerful song. During my teenage years I wish I listen to the lyrics a little better.

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