Today is Ash Wednesday, one of the most solemn days of the Catholic calendar, it marks the beginning of Lenten season, a time of sacrifice and reflection towards becoming a better person. 40 days from now (well, technically 46, but Sundays don't count in terms of one's Lenten commitments) it will be Easter Sunday, just in time for Spring, and as that journey begins, with it comes the annual ash on foreheads.
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It's also a day where girls and boys named some variant of Ashley worldwide are greeted with "Hey, great Wednesday!" or "Hey, it's your great day, Ash!" While we at the Weekly are somewhat divided over the frequency with which such a pun can be exercised, we're embracing the possibilities by spending today looking back at some of the best Ash'es in music. Here's five memorable musical Ash'es for Ash Wednesday.