I said Courage, won’t you come out to play, won’t you come out to play
I’ve been livin’ it down again, I’m gonna need to call your friends
So here’s a hopin’ I find you along the way
“Courage” by Justin Hines
Music gets me through life. When I’m hitting a low, music is there to console, strengthen, reassure, carry, and soothe me.
Everybody’s been there
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue
“Brave” by Sara Bareilles
When I’m riding high, it helps me to celebrate or release. And, of course, I listen to music to entertain and inspire.
When I was younger, I loved everything about the movie “Grease” and listened, sang, and danced to the soundtrack daily. Little did I realize how annoying this could be to anyone who wasn’t a fan…or was normal. One day, my brother’s friend was painting my family’s garage door, which happened to be below my bedroom. Later, my brother told me that his friend now hated the song “You’re the One that I Want” after hearing me play it for umpteen times.
Just like when I was little, I can still listen to songs again and again, especially when I need support.
When my Honey Grandma died in 2008, I listened to two songs in succession over and over again. One for consolation; the other for perseverance. At the time, part of my work commute entailed a 15 minute walk. For weeks, I listened only to those two songs during that walk.
In 2014, I needed music. A lot.
I even found additional songs and new artists to get me through some tough times. And true to form, I listened to certain songs again and again and again. As much as they helped, I’m looking forward to a new soundtrack in 2015.
What are you looking forward to in 2015?