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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new edition of Something Different Sunday!
Today I’d like to talk a bit about music! As you may already know, music has always been an important part of my life. I’m someone who forms big emotional connections to certain songs and as such, music plays a really big part in keeping me motivated. It’s also something that always manages to get me through tough times. So I figured, why not talk about some of those songs? For me, sharing these songs is a way of opening up and sharing my thoughts and feelings with you, without getting too personal and whiny, but on the other hand, perhaps these songs can help someone else as well!
I figure this will be a recurring topic, so I’d like to start with songs I relate to a very specific time period, namely my personal experience with the first half of 2017.
As you may or may not know, 2017 has been a pretty tough year for me. In December 2016 I lost my job of 10 years and I struggled with this fact for months. It hit me way worse than I let on, or even more than anybody ever knew or understood. In the meantime I’ve been happy enough to have found a new job, but those dark months still brought on so much hurt, self-doubt and loneliness that will stay with me for a while to come. On top of that, there is of course the general dumpster fire that has been our reality in 2017 and I’ve ended up needing to rely on music A LOT.
So shoutout to all the songs below for having kept me going!
With Confidence – Voldemort
Voldemort is a song talking about mental illness. Just like with Voldemort, people don’t like talking about it out of fear and stigma, but ‘fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself’ and even if you don’t talk about it, it’s still a looming presence in a person’s life. I like the message of this song and just the hope I feel when I listen to it.
“And I will try to hold you up
Through those times when you are gone
Despite the weather, it gets better
You won’t do this alone”
XIA – Flower
If the past months had a soundtrack for me, this would be the title track. It’s the song that introduced me to kpop, but also I just adore the general message it sends.
“Piercing through the storm of snow
A deeply rooted flower blossoms
This is the truth
It may seem like it’s all over
There wasn’t a single door in this world that smothered you
Everyone goes through this
I tell you it’s okay
Even if it’s a small light, the darkness can’t swallow it”
One Ok Rock – Start Again
I’m pretty new to One Ok Rock, but their album called ‘Ambitions’ has been on repeat for months. I love it so much, but Start Again is probably my favorite song of the album, because of the themes of being yourself, always and unapologetically. And well, starting again.
“I’m not always perfect
But I’m always myself
If you don’t think I’m worth it
Find someone else
I won’t say I’m sorry
For being who I am
Is the end a chance to start again?”
As It Is – Okay
As It Is is one of those bands that know just how to mix upbeat sounding songs with emotionally gut-wrenching lyrics, which speaks to me on so many levels. I love the lyrics, which talk about how tough it can be to open up to someone else when you’re just not feeling okay, and the pressure of always showing your best self to others. Sometimes you just want to be able to say ‘No, I’m NOT okay.’ I also just really love this acoustic version.
“So keep your “It’ll get better’s” and I’ll keep my “I’ll be just fine’s”
I’ll show you flashes of colors and hide behind bouquets of lies”
Marianas Trench – Fallout
I fell in love with Marianas Trench’ sound this year and the song Fallout felt especially relatable. Even though it’s about a relationship, I personally related to the lyrics on another level…
“It’s easy to say it’s for the best
When you want more
While you leave me with less
I know you’re fine, but what do I do?”
Lorde – Green Light
Another song I put on repeat so, so many times this year. Though about a broken relationship, I especially related to the theme of needing to move on, but not being quite ready to do so yet, and just waiting for that green light. Plus the song is just so catchy and danceable!
“Cause honey I’ll come get my things, but I can’t let go
I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it
Oh, I wish I could get my things and just let go
I’m waiting for it, that green light, I want it”
You Me At Six ft Oli Sykes – Bite My Tongue
Sometimes you just need an angry song to get you through the day, and that is where this jem comes in. It’s a bit older, but I just discovered it this year and fell in love.
“You keep me on the edge of my seat
I bite my tongue so you don’t hear me
I wanna hate every part of you with me
I can’t hate the ones who made me”
BTS – Not Today
As I may have a mentioned a few (bazillion) times already, I really got addicted to kpop this year. I never would have expected to, but I did and I just owe so much to kpop. BTS is one of the bands in particular who really helped me keep going, and especially this motivational anthem has been helpful in getting me out of bed many mornings.
“All the underdogs in the world
A day may come when we lose
But it is not today
Today we fight!”
Papa Roach – Born For Greatness
My 2000’s rock loving self was so pumped when Papa Roach released a new album this year and I LOVED every single track on it. Born For Greatness is one of those songs that keep me pumped and motivated and ready to carpe the hell out of this diem.
“So if you’re running, stop running
One life, one chance, start living
Sing it louder just to let the world know
No we’re not nameless, we’re not faceless
We were born for greatness”
BTS – Spring Day
Oh hey, it’s BTS again! Sorry about that, but I just couldn’t NOT mention Spring Day. It’s a little less motivational and a little more confrontational for me, but if there is one song that perfectly describes my feelings the past few months, and my loneliness in particular, it’s this one. It’ll forever be a favorite.
“You know it all
You’re my best friend
Morning will come again
Because no darkness and no season
Little Mix – Salute
Why did I sleep on the awesomeness of Little Mix for so long? Sometimes a girl just needs some poppy girl power in her life!
“Ladies all across the world
Listen up, we’re looking for recruits
If you with me, lemme see your hands
Stand up and salute
Get your killer heels, sneakers, pumps or lace up your boots
Representing all the women, salute, salute”
So those are the songs that got me through the first half of 2017!