Hi, hope all of you are doing great ❤
Music is an important part of all of our lives. We listen to it almost daily, sometimes not as a choice but the radio might be on at work or you might hear an advertisement with a song pop up as you're watching a Youtube video. But rarely do we stop to see how important a single song could be. When I think of the people in my life they all have certain songs that they return to in their lives. My friends have their songs to listen to when they get ready in the morning and my dad likes to reflect back on what he listened to when training for his first marathon. We all have songs that are with us and help resonate with us during different parts of our lives. Do you have a song you always return to at a certain point or time? I decided to list some of the songs in my life. These are not all my favorite songs but they are songs that helped me or became a part of me in some way during different times.
Fields Of Gold - Sting
I come from a little city close to the countryside. So fields were something common around my hometown. Whenever I'm feeling homesick or feel like being nostalgic, I listen to "Fields of Gold" and I am brought back to the loving warm light of the sun and the countryside. When I'll be able to safely travel again and I finally get to take that trip to Japan or somewhere else this would definitely be on my playlist, just so I could return back home in my mind, in case I'm struck by a sense of feeling lost in translation.
Io camminero - Umberto Tozzi
When I was a kid when Spotify and other music streaming services didn't exist my parents would play CD's in the car whenever we would drive somewhere. My dad has always been a fan of Italian culture and he had this thing for the music of Umberto Tozzi. Late at night when we drove home from the airport or from visiting relatives, I would sit back in my seat, watch the airplanes on the night sky and all the cars driving by with their colorful lights and dad would put on "Io Camminero" and even if I didn't understand a word I would sink into my own little cosy world inside my head and slowly fall asleep. This song will always make me feel loved, protected and cosy.
Thnks fr th Mmrs - Fall Out Boy
When I was 8 my bestfriend at the time was a very cool guy (for an 8 yo). He used to hang out with much older kids and be out with them. But we also attended hobbies together and I would see a totally different side of him than he showed everyone else. I liked that side of him but unfortunately it wasn't present unless I would be alone with him. We were bestfriends for only one year but that year was filled with great moments together and we had so much fun being kids, running, climbing and enjoying life! This song reminds me of that time and it also happened to be a popular song back at this time.
Viva la vida - Coldplay
Back in 5th grade I got really into history. I would read books regarding The Romanovs, The French Revolution, The 1st and 2nd WW, Queen Elizabeth the 1st, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Rome... you name it! Then when I got to the 7th grade my interest towards history grew bigger and it took over most of my thoughts. I would time travel in my head to meet different historical figures and visit different historical places. I would imagine what it must have been like to live at a certain era and how different and maybe how much more challenging life must have been! I would listen to "Viva la vida" after school and pretend to be a soldier on a battlefield. This pretending and "time travel" allowed me to learn and understand history better.
Hey There Delilah - Plane White T's
When I was 13 I was such a moody teenager. I was afraid something was wrong with me (mainly cause I watched too many documentaries on mental illness and didn't know that it wasn't dangerous). I would suddenly just burst into tears and overreact to such minor things that it was crazy! I decided that whenever "the moods" would hit me I needed to get out of that situation and do something else. What I would do was to go outside or to my room and write "my larger than life" problems into a journal. Sometimes, I would just sit and breathe and listen to this song over and over again. It made me think that somewhere out there, would still be someone who could love me despite my moodswings and sensitivity.
99 Luftballons - Nena
At the age of 14 I decided to make my choices in life for me and only me. (Yolo) Before that I had let the people around me, mainly friends influence my choices a decent amount. But something happened when I turned 14. I went all yolo and decided to start exploring things that I found interesting, no matter if my friends would approve of my new interests or not! One of them was the german language. I would study german and it would feel very special, since it was one of the very first choices regarding education that I made on my own with no help or guidance from anyone. I would sort of bathe in everything related to Germany for a couple of years. Watching "Allein gegen die Zeit" and "Der Alte", wishing for a complete german dictionary for Christmas and of course listening to "99 Luftballons" while riding the bus to school.
Dangerous - David Guetta
It's a cold night and I'm at a house party. I'm at a age between adulthood and childhood. My crush had gone out for fresh air or a cigarette, don't really know. I had to go after and follow him cause something told me so. There he was, talking to another girl. At first I was struck by sadness and dissapointment but then I felt relief. I now knew for certain that he wasn't that interested and I could move on, not having to wonder why he would seem so absent. I went back inside and Dangerous started playing. I felt free, ready for anything.
Blue Jeans - Lana del Rey
It was a mild and gentle June. I was spending most of my time at the beach with my friends or talking to a friend of mine on the phone. In the morning I would go to work and by afternoon I would hit the beach. Me slowly making my way home on a summer night, always makes me in the mood to listen to some Lana del Rey. If the weather and my mindset allows it I spend most of my summer barefoot, laying in the sun and in that dreamlike state of mind. "Blue Jeans" reminds me of this state of mind. It also reminds of great friendship and how you can share anything with a friend, even your blue jeans and white shirts.
September - Earth, Wind & Fire
Ah my years in politics! After a weekend of meetings we would always go out to celebrate! Our parties were even more legendary than Barney Stinson! And the music was all upbeat and as retro as possible. "September" was a favorite as well as Rosanna by Toto. We would all just forget saving the world for awhile and let loose singing these songs outloud together. I feel like I partied enough for this life time during those years! And I was pretty much in that Barney Stinson mindset.
Cheri Cheri Lady - Modern Talking
In upper secondary school I found a new world, the world of 80's music! I think it all started in a group chat when a friend sent a Modern Talking themed meme and I was like, "wait a minute I know that band!" Then I went on YouTube and became obsessed. With the 80's in general, but especially with Modern Talking. Ever since I always wish to hear "Cheri Cheri Lady" whenever someone is playing music. My friends are sick and tired of me always wanting to hear the same song over and over and over again. Modern Talking if you see this: I'm probably one of your biggest fans!
I'm on fire - Bruce Springsteen
This song actually represents two different things. It represents the inner fire I feel towards striving for a better life and rising above difficulty. The other aspect it represents in unattainable things. Sometimes life brings us people and opportunities that end up being too far from our reach. We are trying our best to reach them but no matter how deeply we feel towards that something, we are never really quite able to reach it. Springsteen in general is an all time favorite of mine.
Caravan of Love - The Housemartins
Learning to forgive people has not been easy for me. But once I understood that people aren't just good or bad and rather can be both at the same time, I kind of started to embrace humankind with this understanding, universal love. I saw people as, trying their best at life which can be very difficult and so I would forgive. This song reminds of loving your neighbours, so to speak.
Let the sunshine in / Aquarius - Fifth dimension
This song represents the spiritual awakening I experienced when learning about philosophy and different world religions.I related a lot with occultism and learned a lot about the law of attraction, tarot and astrology. I also read about different spiritual leaders and it made me feel empowered and inspired. The study of these subjects has allowed me to gain insight and help me grow no matter what life has brought my way. The hippie - movement is something I relate to on many levels as well. I would probably have been among the firsts to burn my bra if I would have lived back then! But a spiritual awakening feels just like this song! Suddenly you begin to see your inner light and the power from within and you let it guide you. You let the sunshine in.
Habits - Tove Lo
Before I was hit by burnout I lived in a time of mental fog. Each day would just go by without me even realising it. I would go to uni for lessons and lectures, go home to eat, party all night long, wake up super early in the morning to dress up, shower and put my makeup on and repeat. I wasn't excited, I wasn't sad, I didn't really feel much anything but I wasn't depressed either. I tried to find moments of happiness here and there. Whether if was food, alcohol, a good conversation or letting loose on the dancefloor. This song is basically me and all I represented during that time in my life. My reason to search for a high was because I felt completely lost in life. Thank goodness this part of my life ended! I don't miss waking up among wine bottles at 5am and trying to find my shoes & try to make sense of poems written in my phone memo while running to uni.
Dreamer - Axwell and Ingrosso
Sometimes we feel kind of alone and like nobody understands us, even if we are understood. Especially if you are anything like me: a bit messy and dramatic. I remember having a conversation with my dear friend in the middle of the night while drinking tea about understanding and not having to explain yourself to the other person. So as the song goes, I can promise you, I guess I am a dreamer too.
+MCR in general. That was my favorite band for so many years, any fellow emo kids there? Also Nirvana, couldn't live without the presence of Kurt Cobain.
Let the music guide and heal you 🎶🎼