6 Songs For When Things Have Got You Feeling Down

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I don’t need to tell you that this has been a pretty awful week — a week in which everything horrible and rotten seemed to make its way to the forefront, wreaking havoc on everyone and everything in a way that gives one no choice but to question humanity in heartbreakingly thorough fashion.

These weeks are undeniably brutal, but they’re also an unfortunate reality of the Space Mountain that is life. I’m not entirely happy with that metaphor (definitely a bit cheesy), but it does fit pretty nicely; Space Mountain, unlike a normal roller-coaster, doesn’t tell you when the free-falls are coming. They just kind of happen, and mercilessly take your stomach along with them. I mean sure, you know they’re gonna happen at some point, but life is definitely like Space Mountain — it’s halfway over before you know it, and it’s a lot more money than you’d like…

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Money on My Mind

Lately, Sam Smith has become my new musical fascination. Sorry James Vincent McMorrow. After recently hearing Stay With Me (a song that I will probably write a long post about sooner or later because it evokes feelings from within), I just had to listen to more of his music and I was certainly not disappointed. Money on My Mind is a song discusses the difference between seeking love for happiness and love for security (mostly financial). It appears that Smith fell in love with someone of wealth and had to defend his motives at some point. This song combines the soothing sounds of Smith’s voice and a jazz background to create a catchy song. The only thing is I kind of did find his repetitive “Money on My Mind, Money on my mind…” line to be rather annoying as it detracts from the song. Otherwise I quite enjoyed listening to this piece of music and I can gaurentee that if you have already heard it, that you probably love it as well.

 

Back to Black

A little Monday afternoon Amy Winehouse for y’all. There is a little story to go along with today’s post. I read two books this week: Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Yes, these books did touch up the topic of marriage and weddings (hint hint from the title), but it also touched upon the value of friendships and how easily life can happen to damage the quality. As I was reading these books I began to think about the two year non-existence of friendship from my former best friend and I realized that not only do I no longer miss her to the degree that I used to, but I also learnt that people grow and change and these new personalities can cause people to need different things or become different people. So, two years later I have come to accept the fact that I miss what once was, and not what could have been for the mere fact that we are different people now than we were before and the things were shared in common then are probably not even relevant today.

As I was reading Something Borrowed and Something Blue, the song Back to Black came to mind and I kept on replaying it over and over again just trying to find a way to connect this song to the epiphany I was having and the books I have just read. “We only said goodbye with words, I died a hundred times”. And I thought about just these two lines alone and realized that I had been emotionally holding on to the past and that was bringing my down. My words and emotions needed to match. So for me, this song/books holds significance, not only because they are both about inevitable breakups, but because they are beautiful and revealing each in their own way.