If I didn’t have music, I don’t think that I would be here at all. Music signifies so much in life- the lyrics can be a whimsy melody that makes you happy, or a folk song that forces you to think about life.
Yes, music can affect your mood. Music is so much a part of me now! I don’t even know where to start…
I have heard so many songs that describe me perfectly. It keeps my heart beating, it gives me some kind of fixture in my life. Something that I can love, or relate to, or learn from.
I believe that music is a fixture in our lives. We need it.
Take my exuberant friend Liana (I changed her name!) for example. She’s someone that I consider intelligent- actually intelligent.
She doesn’t give a crap of what people think about her– or she doesn’t let anyone know that someones bothering her.
She is a feisty red-head in both appearance and spirit. She’s fiercely protective of her friends, especially her best friend, Roxy, who was bullied into being a little insecure about herself.
Roxy, who I admire for her colorful personality, short blue hair, and never-ending hope and creativity.
They love Fall Out Boy, and knows the lyrics to every song.
What does that tell us about her?
Well, it shows that they likes the style of music- and maybe a tiny part of her interprets the lyrics of her songs to her life.
She’s invincible when she’s listening to her music. That music drives her; keeps her going in a sharp rhythm in determined beats. That’s what keeps their feet going in a steady beat forward.
That’s what they can rely on, even after a terrible day. They know that the music is always going to be there for them.
That’s sort of what its like for me-
I end up making the lyrics into a story- a fantasy story, a story starring my daily life, or a story from a book…
Or I untangle the harmonies (I listen to many sister bands) and try to figure them out.
Sometimes they comfort me in the darkest of time. Sometimes after a long and stressful day, they calm me down, while when I’m feeling like I can’t do anything, the songs empower me.
Another story– after my second-mom, Moana lost her Mom, or in my case my surrogate Grandmother, we were in the middle of a long drive home from visiting friends in another area.
We are the only part of her side of the family who live in another state, so we luckily were sitting at a rest stop when we got the news.
Numb and shocked, we sat clinging to each other, trying to be strong for each other. I was worried, as we still had many hours to go before we could go home, and I don’t have my drivers license yet.
All the way home, we were silent, listening to Jason Mraz- Live on Earth the entire time, not even changing the CDs to a book-on-tape we had, or changing it to any other music.
For five more grueling hours on our way home, Moana and I sang along to all of the songs (thank goodness they were positive ones!).
Music kept us going, even when I have to be Moana’s ‘copilot’ and tell everyone the news by phone and alert her co-workers that she wouldn’t be coming to work for the next week.
Music empowers us to be here. Even when we can’t be.
The music that I listen to?
Well, if you like music, check these out.
I am very unconventional with my music. I listen to less-well known music. Oh, and these aren’t in order by my favorites, they’re ALL my favorites:
- First Aid Kit- They are an inspiring young band of two sisters. Their music is organic and not messed with technology like autotune. They have very inspiring music that tell a story with their strong voices. Check out First Aid Kit- The Lions Roar (my favorite) or their latest album, First Aid Kit-Silver lining.
- Ages-and-Ages- My cousin gave me a CD for Christmas: This group is very large- with 15 voices creating awesome harmonies (but they are not a choir. They’re more….rock and dance and folk mix!). That speaks for it self. My favorite album of theirs is Divisionary.
- Lily and Madeleine- They are a mellow sister duo. They have simply beautiful voices and sound so awesome! Their lyrics are deep and touch your soul. You would like their albums, Lily and Madeleine, and their latest album, Fumes and The Weight of the Globe.
- The Head and the Heart- I love this band’s dynamic songs that are inspiring and get you up and moving! Not obnoxious, but peppy. I love their music- Lets be Still is a good album to start with.
- Jack Johnson- If you haven’t heard his mellow guitar-voice happy songs, you don’t know life. Go listen to him! It’ll make you smile. Listen to the song Upside Down and you’ll know nothing is impossible.
- Jason Mraz- Freaking amazing singer! Listen to his album Jason Mraz- Live on Earth, We sing. We dance. We steal things., or at least check him out on youtube. If you don’t want to listen to his album, Mr. Curiosity song is SO good. He even has a song called The Geek in Pink for goodness sakes!
There is so SO much more- like Laura Veirs, and the Beatles and all the other music I listen to…
The point of my music rant?
Music is essential to our lives, no matter how small an impact that it makes.
Go listen to some good songs/artists and recommend some to me in the comments section!
(Sorry is my posts are a little bit less observing and more personal opinions! It just depends on what kind of day I’m having!)
There is SO much more things that I could say on the subject of music. But for now, I rest me case!