There are situations happening right now that leave me feeling beaten and broken, so I turn to the one thing that has always gotten me through, music.
For as far back as I can remember music has played a big role in my life, sometimes even changing my views on the world. Currently, I’m frustrated over some political issues that are going on in my country that I won’t delve into on here, I’m heartbroken for my bestie in Arizona who lost her cat of 20+ years, and is feeling like she has lost a best friend, and a part of herself. I’m worried over a family member who I am afraid is going to work himself into an early grave, I hate admitting this, but I’m scared and worried that I’m not going to have my husband with me into middle age and our golden years, it seems with each passing year something new gets added to his already long list of health ailments, and his poor body can only take so much. Work has me stressed to the max, I’m worried about my dad who is now having some complications with his heart, (they are very minor, and I’m sure he’ll be fine, but I’m not ready to be an orphan yet, and I know that sounds silly coming from a 34-year-old woman, but that’s how it feels.) I miss my mom terribly, and my Amanda, who I swear is secretly superwoman, also has a lot on her plate, and it’s hard because I want to help her, but some situations just have to play out for themselves, but it makes me feel helpless, and I hate that feeling. I just feel so defeated, and I feel like I have all of these odds stacked against me and it’s sometimes hard to breathe.
Discovering Old Music
I read a quote once that read “Discovering old music is like reconnecting with an old friend.” I apologize, I’m not sure who said it, but it’s true. Music has this way of not only evoking feelings within us, but allowing us to remember those feelings that were evoked the first time we heard a certain lyric, guitar riff, or song in general. I don’t know about you, but I think that’s pretty powerful!
I get in these nostalgic moods one in a while and I go back and listen to the songs of my youth, and one of the bands that made an impact on my life was Weezer. They spoke of real life issues, as a teenager with angst and confusion, I could identify. They also speak of love and they’re a bit quirky at times, and I’ve just always had a spot in my heart for them. I came across one of their songs a few weeks ago that I almost forgot about and now I find myself unable to get enough of.
If You’re Wondering If I Want You To, I Want You To
Another one I forgot how much I loved is by Dave Matthews Band. I love this song for both the rhythm and the lyrics.
That Girl Is You
Discovering New Music
One of my favorite things in the entire world is discovering music I’ve never heard before. I especially love it when someone shares their favorite pieces with me. I close my eyes, listen to the music, and it gives me a glimpse into their soul. I feel like I know them better after hearing the music they shared with me. I know that sounds deep, but I am a very deep person. My Amanda and I do this a lot, and it’s one of my favorite things about our friendship. Christen and I have been discovering we have pretty much exactly the same taste in music, and we’re both all over the place. These girls mean the world to me, and they make me feel like I’m somewhat sane, maybe we’re the crazy ones, lol. Either way, they own pieces of my soul, and they could probably tell you more about me than I could. I sometimes think they know me better than I know myself.
As a musician, I appreciate the talent of other musicians,(not that I’m comparing myself by any means, I don’t even come close to the greats,) even if it’s a piece of music I wouldn’t listen to on a regular basis. Here are the songs that have been added to my playlists on Spotify, all 783 of them. Haha! Seriously, if you follow me on Spotify it would take you weeks, maybe even months to go through all of the songs I have saved.
Cry To Me – Marc Broussard
This next song I have heard before, I’m a big Otis Redding fan, but it was the first time I had heard this amazing cover, and I instantly fell in love with it.
These Arms of Mine – Marc Broussard
This next song moves me in ways I can’t explain, but I’ll do my best. The sound of that beautiful guitar flows through my veins. I love the sound of Kail’s voice. It has that raspy Ray Lamontagne vibe to it. The lyrics are breathtakingly beautiful. Some people sing with so much soul, it’s raw visceral, and unadulterated. Those are always among my favorites, because those are the type of people that I hold closest to me.
Tell The Falling Sun – Kail Baxley
This is another song off of “The New Retro” playlist I discovered on Spotify. I can’t get enough of this one either.
Morning Coffee – Jesper Munk
I have so many, but I’ll have to share them in another post. This is the last one for this category.
Electric Fever – Them Vibes
Music That I’ve Always Loved
There are pieces of music that will always stay with me. This is a pretty extensive list, but don’t worry, I’ll only share a few pieces…. for now.
If you know me at all, then you know I have been and have always been a HUGE Beatles fan! I love a lot of their songs, so there’s many I could have picked, but this one always gets my head bopping, shoulders swaying, and feet tapping.
I’ve Just Seen A Face – The Beatles
I couldn’t very well mention Otis Redding and not share one of his songs. He’s another artist with so much soul you can feel it in your core. I just love music that moves me.
Try A Little Tenderness – Otis Redding
I can’t very well speak of soulful music and not mention the Queen. That’s right, none other than the phenomenal Aretha Franklin! This woman has always got my hips moving. And this song, whether I’m cooking, cleaning, taking a shower, it doesn’t matter, when this song comes on, you can guarantee I’m dancing around like a fool to it.
Baby, I Love You – Aretha Franklin
I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do, and if you feel compelled to share some of your favorite songs with me, I encourage you to do so. I will lay back, close my eyes, and listen closely, and afterward, I’ll know you a little better.
Love & life lessons,