On my ride home from work today, a sad song came on and I found myself singing along at the top of my lungs. This maaaay have caused more than a few drivers to stare at me while stopped in traffic. Admittedly, I, too, giggle to myself when I see someone belting their lungs out to a song while sitting in traffic. But, I digress..
After the song finished, I was in a “sad song” kinda mood, so I purposefully played a few more sad songs to help drain out all the emotion I was feeling. Ya know, through those leaky things on your face that help you to see stuff.
The original sad song reminded me of my younger days; not the best memories.
Once I realized where in the recesses of my mind these songs were taking me, I wondered why I was subjecting myself to this music if this was the effect it was having on me?
It made me think about a phrase I’ve heard on many occasions: “sometimes you just need a good cry.” And man, has that proven to be true.
I, for one, am definitely the type to bottle things up. This has never been a good method for me because “things” always have a way of clawing their way out, and it’s usually at the most inconvenient of times. Not to mention, everything often comes to a head over something stupid, and usually insignificant to the real issue bothering you.
Like after an exceptionally bad day: “who are the last ice cream bar?!” *Begins bawling*
It seems like it’s always something small that ends up being “the straw that broke the camel’s back.” But that’s life, eh?
Needless to say, letting it all out, with the help of music, is pretty healthy… in my unprofessional opinion, anyway.
With all that being said, after about 4 or 5 sad songs, I was starting to feel a little depressed. So, at that point, I knew it was time to turn my mood around so I wouldn’t end up in a dark recesses of my mind for the rest of the day. It tuned out to be a pretty simple solution for me.. I just thought: “hey, music got me into this mood, I’m sure it can get me out of it!”
I didn’t even have to think about what song to listen to. I have a go-to feel good song. I know, I know. It’s this band’s most over-played song, but I’ve yet to grow tired of it. And most importantly, it never fails to lift my spirits when I’m feeling down.
..DUH, DUH, DA:
The message this song gives is so incredible to me because it’s so real. There’s no mushy-gushy aspects to it; they keep it so simple.
It helps me to remember that bad stuff is always going to happen, but there’s nothing you can do to change it, so why worry about it after the fact?
“We’ll all float on okay.”
So, this whole experience got me to thinking about the power of music. Music is so relate-able. No matter your mood, there is likely a song out there that relates to exactly how you’re feeling at any given moment. And there’s nothing like listening to music that exactly matches your current state of mind.
Getting lost in a beat, and really feeling the power behind the lyrics can be so freeing.
It makes me so happy to think about how much music has evolved over the centuries. Even in just the last 50-60 years. It can be such a therapeutic outlet for so many people as both listeners, and creators.
Thank goodness for freedom of expression.
I sincerely hope everyone experiences the power of music in their life, not just once, but often.
Or better yet…
Every. Single. Day.
Whether you’re happy, sad, angry, or even just feel like dancing, music is the best cure; it really is magical.