Last night as I was watching the Grammy Awards, I saw Chris Stapleton’s performance and instantly my favourite song by him started to play in my brain.
Unlike most people, after my heartbreak, I found it truly challenging to be able to listen to break up songs (unless they were by John Mayer). When I heard Tennessee Whiskey for the first time I didn’t become sad about my heart break, but I became hopeful about love for the future. Every work that Stapleton articulated didn’t represent my former love of heartbreak but it allowed me to envision a different kind of love that I could experience. That’s the beauty of music; you can always find a song to identify with in every case and for every feeling and that is the greatest gift that we have in song.
I was watching HBO’s show, Insecure, which features the channels first all black cast. The show is like the black millennials Sex and the City, which has made it interesting and provided perspective. On the Last episode of season two, Frank Ocean’s single, Biking, was played as the final events played out. It was the perfect song for the end of the season and it is also one of the best Frank Ocean songs I have heard in a long time (mind the fact that I did not listen to Blonde, his latest release). I have attached the track. Give it a listen and check out HBO Insecure while you’re at it.
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Today is one of my more sad days – it is the last day of my relationship. I have been listening to different songs and reflecting upon how I feel and I keep on playing songs from Zac Brown Band. At this difficult time, they are all resonating with me, well, the ones that I like are. Your Majesty is one of the bands newer songs and I am really enjoying its composition. The lyrics are truly beautiful and catchy and make you feel emotions. Its easy to tie this song to a person or event or spiritual sense just by following the lyrics. Anyways, I hope that this song brings a sense of calm and peace to whatever your day brings. Remember, that there is beauty in all things, even the saddest things at the most heartbreaking times.
Some days, when things are going totally not your way, we have the tendency to focus on the negative and have it continue to dictate our moods and feelings. This is not productive and will not help us to feel better in any way.
What I try to do, especially when I’m down and feeling my worst, I try to utter my thanks by finding one thing I’m thankful for each morning. This helps to ground me and remind me that their are great things in my life that shine through the bad at all times. We need to realize that there is good in all bad even when we can’t see it.
Try to find one thing you are thankful for right now. It will improve your mood even if just the tiniest bit.
To be honest, I have been going through a lot lately and I don’t exactly know how I feel about some things. I was watching my favourite show, This Is Us, and this song came on and it was as if I found clarity and peace within myself, even if it was only for one minute. When I later googled it, it was called Into the Mystic by Van Morrison. I listened and listened to this song over and over again on repeat and I felt calmer each time I did and I felt at peace each time I did. Time stopped for a moment and everything was finally okay. Then I went searching for more of his music and actually stumbled upon a few that I was quite familiar with. I made this playlist of my top 6 Van Morrison songs to help me calm down when I am stressed and anxious. You can access them via Spotify below. Happy listening!
I have a thing for soul songs. Artists like Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Brook Benton and Otis Redding are a few of the artists I enjoy listening to when I’m in the mood to relax. I was watching my new summer favourite show, HBO’s Girls, and I heard this song at the end of one of the Season 5 episodes.
Ain’t No Love in the Heart of The City is a song by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and it appears to be is most well known song. I’m not sure what city this song is exactly referencing too but this song is mainly about a man mourning his love that has moved away from him, or out of the city. His is describing what his day to day life has been lacking without his love near and it has such a personal tone to it that you cant really help but to fall in love with the lyrics.
In relation to the show GIRLS, this song is used at the end of a scene where Hannah, one of the main characters, hitchhikes a ride from a stranger back into New York when she becomes stranded in the country. During this ride, the driver and Hannah begin to discuss their love lives and then express the way that they see New York. Hannah sees New York as being the perfect place for her creativity while the driver sees New York as a new start to his life. This song was the perfect fit to the end of this episode which is about two people losing/leaving the ones that they loved due to an unhealthy relationship. I quite enjoyed this episode and song and I hope that you enjoy it too.
I found this playlist on Spotify called “Rock Ballads” and I heard this song start playing. The funny thing about this is that all these memories from my childhood and sitting in the car with my mom came back. The memories of the few sleepover’s I had as a child came back as well as my nighttime tunes. I have not heard this song in years but it was just so incredible to see how much of our memories can be revived through just hearing a song we loved from before. I did not know the bands name or even the actual name of this song (despite its repetition in the song) until last week, and now I cannot stop listening to this.
With Arms Wide Open is a song by the former post-grunge band Creed. Not only is this song a beautiful rock ballad, but the vocals of the lead singer are so raspy and haunting that you’re kind of engulfed with this song in a strange way. Its like a haunting yet hopeful tale but it also sounds like forgiveness, which is heartwarming in the same stroke. I really do enjoy this song and I hope that you will love the ballad as well.