Saturday, 16 April 2016

Without those songs

(sorry about the blotchy ipod; it is v old)

This post is inspired by a song by The Script of the same name. As much as the song is about who the people who wrote the songs would be if it weren't for music, it's made me think about who I'd be without the songs that certain artists have written; without the songs that mean everything to me.

Music is one of the most sensual experiences that can affect your whole psyche. And as sad as some songs can be, we generally always feel better for having listened to them. Sometimes listening to a song that sounds sadder than you're feeling results in you emerging from the song a little lighter from hearing it.

Personally, genre isn't something that concerns me in relation to music. There are certain country songs that I'll love forever, just as there are certain punk songs that can make me feel the same things. If music is to be categorised in any way, it should probably be by feeling rather than genre. And we need the sad just as much as the happy, just as much as the uplifting, just as much as the nostalgic.

When I really think about it, I wouldn't be who I am today without 'those' songs. The ones that have been with me through the hard times, the ones I've yelled along to when I'm mad, the ones that I've danced my butt off to when feeling elated. And I feel all the better for having had those songs with me, and I really can't imagine who I'd be without them.

A recent example is 'She Used To Be Mine' by Sara Bareilles. I listen to that song, and I think of a couple of months ago when I was so, so unhappy. And I still feel sad when I listen to it, but I feel better, because I know that the song helped me through what I was feeling, even if it was only a little bit.

An older one is Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September'. That song has been with me through all the happiest times I can remember. It's one that brings an instant smile, and always will.

What are 'those' songs for you?

Until next time.

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