This is probably going to be the deepest blog post I have ever written. I remember in Grade 5 when I first heard this song, and I had to excuse myself to go to the washroom and cry because every word of this song was so…relevant, true, relatable. It was the first time in my life that I had heard my life in words; it was the first time that I had every lived my life out through song. I really didn’t know how to feel. I think that this was the first time that I learnt that I could experience profound feelings through the music and that I could relate to music because not all songs were by the Spice Girls or Britney Spears. I had been bullied for many years of my elementary school life. I wasn’t thin, I wasn’t pretty, I wasn’t tall, I wasn’t rich…I wasn’t “It”. I was alone. Every time that I listen to this song till this day, I remember being pushed and kicked down the hill from my bully because I wasn’t “good enough”. I remember sitting in the far corner of the field alone because no one wanted to play with me. I remember sitting in a puddle of coca cola and soaking my pants just so that I would be accepted into a friendship group even if only for a minute. Most profoundly, I remember being…alone.
Breathe Me – Sia
Don’t we all at some point in our lives sit there and think about when the little ray of sunlight is going to shine through our darkest times? Sometimes, it shines through brightly, like an explosion of light; sometimes it takes it time and breaks slowly through the darkness; sometimes it never comes. In the end, something our someone comes into our lives to change it whether for better or for worse. Super Furry Animals (yes, thats the name of the band) wrote a stunning song about waiting for the sunshine to come into ones life. Of course, this sunshine is relative to the “love of ones life”. This song alludes to the fact that the love of ones life may be the reason that change takes place, the reason that ones life changes. We all need to find that light. “Hello Sunshine, Come into my life”. Sometimes we just gotta ask…this song asks for us.
P.S. This song was in an episode of The OC and in a film that I love called Snow Cake. Fun facts 🙂
According to Billboard Magazine, these are the top 20 songs of 2013. Take a listen, I have been.
20 Best Songs of 2013: Critics’ Picks | Billboard.
Jessie James Decker. Is it alright for me to say that she is kinda my life inspiration and I love her? Not only is she perf, she is also married to Eric Decker who is a wide receiver for my favourite football team, Denver Broncos, so that makes her even more perfect. Her song, I Do, which she wrote for her husband on their wedding day is just one of those love songs that will become played at weddings all over North America for years to come, especially at a Country Girls wedding. Its not that this is the best love song I have ever heard, nor are the lyrics spectacular enough to earn it a Grammy, but it is just a beautiful song and her vocals (which are stunning btw) colour every single word she says with such a truth that you can feel her love. That is simply why I love this song. Maybe this too will inspire you to play it at your wedding…I know I will.
P.S. I tear up every time I watch this video. Keep your tissues near.
A little Phil Collins to drown your sadness in tonight? Well, I just found out that Nelson Mandela, my idol, has passed away. Although I knew that this was expected at his age, I just didn’t…well expect it. I am extremely saddened by this news as I know many around the world are tonight. As I was watching CNN and other news sources (Twitter) discuss the death of Mandela, I just couldn’t help but hear “You’ll Be In My Heart” playing in my head. I was thinking about Tarzan, and how he lost his family and was never really accepted by people because he was raised differently. The one thing that he learnt probably better than the others from his childhood was how to love and share love. That reminded me of Mandela and he will continue to be in my heart. You see, his message is universal, strong, and powerful. He alone moved mountains and caused change that I could never even consider doing. His power changed and saved the lives of many and made the world a little bit of a better place. There are few people like Mandela in the world; there will probably not be another like Mandela in our lifetimes. If we take his teachings with us day by day, we can all help to make the world a little bit of a better place.
Lately, I have been in my Heavy Metal music listening mood…which is a mood I haven`t been in for a while. I mean, I have always loved Metal music, It has always been my thing. For the past 2 years, I found myself listening to more pop or folk music and moving away from the dark sounds and lyrics of heavy metal. But, as with everything we love, we find ourselves returning to it at some point. Lets start with one of my favourite bands: Velvet Revolver.
Slash (Guns and Roses), debatablely one of the greatest guitarists of all time, but together a band called Velvet Revolver. One of their songs always stood out to me because the lyrics are so real and they really do foreshadow the troubles of the lead singer at the time, Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots). This song is about being broken without the one that you really love and the further destruction that one my inflict upon themselves when that person is gone. Weiland, a drug addict, did loose everything and everyone around him and fell deeper into his addictions with out the love of his life and friends; he essentially fell to pieces…and that’s what this song is about. Needing someone to hold you together, but not to put you back together.