10 Songs to Remind You “Everything Will Be OK”

Once again I was contemplating life and happened upon an enlightening music playlist on Pinterest. I took it upon myself to listen to some of this music and felt really motivated to start a new chapter of my life.

We all have rough days or dark periods in our life and sometimes it seems impossible to see the light and move forward. Sometimes all you need is the right music to feel inspired. Well, here are 10 songs that will motivate you to move forward and remind you that all is well.

  1. Here Comes the Sun, The Beatles
  2. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Ukulele Boys
  3. Everything Is Alright, Motion City Soundtrack
  4. Middle, Jimmy Eat World
  5. A Better Place, A Better Time, Streetlight Manifesto
  6. It’s Gonna Be (Alright), Ween
  7. It Gets Better, Fun
  8. Tomorrow Is Gonna Be Better, Joshua Radin
  9. A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cook
  10. Don’ Worry, Be Happy, Bob McFerrin

 

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Music and Grieving

Life is a funny thing. It can be filled with the darkest of times and yet still be filled with great moments that allow you to carry yourself through the darkness that had been cast upon you.

This morning I took a morning walk to clear my head and of course had my music. I chose a playlist that Spotify had picked out for me just for kicks. Most of the music seemed to have a chill summertime vibe. I began thinking about where I am in my life right now and all of the changes taking place, but then a song played that wasn’t quite as light and summer timey. This song was Homeward Bound by Simon and Garfunkel.

For some reason I associate this song with my cousin Marcus who committed suicide last August. I started to think about everything that I’ve been through this year in regards to that and couldn’t help but think about how much I miss him. It really hit me hard. Although life has gotten better and a lot of good things have happened since and our family is doing considerably well, there are moments where it surfaces. The grieving process is an ongoing process that you learn to adapt to.

On a more enlightening note, the next song that played and really spoke to me was another Paul Simon song, Father and Daughter. This is the part of the song that really spoke to me:

I believe the light that shines on you
Will shine on you forever
(forever)
And though I can’t guarantee there’s nothing scary
Hidin’ under your bed
I’m gonna
Stand guard
Like the postcard
Of the golden retriever
And never leave
‘Til I leave you
With a sweet dream in your head
I’m gonna watch you shine
Gonna watch you grow
Gonna paint a sign
So you always know
As long as one and one is two
Ooh ooh
There could never be a father
Love his daughter more than I love you

 

As I was listening to this song I couldn’t help but get emotional because I knew that Dad had been with me and guiding me through everything. I am a firm believer that when we lose loved ones they become our guardian angels and are always with us when we need help and guidance.

I Left My Heart In Oregon

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If you’ve read any of my previous blog posts, then you know that a lot of my answers and inspiration come through different songs. It happens to me every so often, and when it does I get the urge to share my experience. Well my most recent experience has to do with my love for Oregon and how much I’ve missed it since I’ve been here in the great and proud state of Texas.
Most of you know that I moved out here to Texas to help my aunt, the marvelous artist and publisher, Irene Titera, with our Inbox Magazine called Life Is Delightable. Don’t worry, it’s coming SOON! Anyway this week has been pretty crazy to say the least.

I took a week long trip to Oregon and got back 2 days ago. While I was there I couldn’t help but think how tempting it was to just stay there and miss my flight. I didn’t even care about the current job that I had waiting for me back in Texas. I just felt so at home and didn’t want to leave. Well what was supposed to be my next day back at work after returning from Oregon, I was informed that I no longer had a job, for some pretty peculiar reasons. The reasons for terminating me didn’t make any sense. However I realized that I already had one foot out the door since I was planning to move back to Oregon in September. A good friend of mine had urged me to move back sooner, which I hadn’t planned on doing before this incident. I was surprising relieved that I no longer had a job here in Texas holding me back. It was in that moment that I realized my moving time line had been bumped up.

As I’ve been thinking about everything that’s been happening, I was reminded of a moment about 5 months ago when I was having a bad day and driving home.  I was thinking about how much I missed Oregon and how much I wished that I could go back. Just as this thought entered my mind a song came on randomly on a Spotify playlist. And that song was called Coming Home (Oregon) by Matt Kearney. Of course the words that rang the loudest in my ears were “I left my heart in Oregon.”

Coincidence? Well I don’t believe in coincidences. Maybe Dad was trying to tell me something. Only time will tell. I remember thinking “I hope that I will eventually find myself back in Oregon.” Looks like my time to go back has come.

Watch the video for Coming Home (Oregon) here 🙂

A Musical Message of Empowerment

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As you may have figured out by now, I am always getting inspiration and spiritual answers through listening to music. Well last night I was on my plane to Portland and just listening to music to keep myself entertained. I chose a 90’s playlist just for fun. I was just kicking back to all of these old school hits, but then You Gotta Be by Des’ree came on and the message really caught my attention. I’d consider myself a pretty strong independent woman, but I do have my moments of weakness when it is hard to be strong.

A lot has changed for me in the past month and it’s been tough, so this song spoke to me on a deep level.  The opening lyrics especially:

Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears

People will hurt you and disappoint you and life is just overall not ever what you expect it to be, but if you can have faith and stand strong in the midst of everything, things will get better. This is what I’ve learned and I was amazed at how paralleled the first few lyrics were to my life,  but then I heard the chorus:

You gotta be,
You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger

You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together
All I know, all I know, love will save the day

Not that I was letting myself fall apart, but I felt so much more empowered after listening to this song. I knew that I needed to be calm, cool, and tough and trust that “love would save the day.” Sometimes it’s hard trusting that everything happens for a reason, especially when that reason is unknown. And sometimes when you’ve been hurt it’s easy to fall apart or become bitter, but that won’t help or benefit you in any way.

I’m actually grateful for the challenges that I’ve experienced. Every challenge prepares you for something to come and I wouldn’t be the strong and capable person that I am today without any the experiences that I’ve had. Answers reveal themselves overtime and sometimes we just need to patiently wait for them to unfold, while still moving forward.

As Des’ree phrased it “try to solve the puzzles in your own sweet time.”

You can watch the music video here 🙂

 

 

 

Best Friends and Theme Songs

 

We already know that music is an incredible thing, but what about the way it ties us to the people that we care about? We all have that one song or multiple songs that remind us or connect us to those important people in our lives. For me the song that comes to mind is Stand By You, by Rachel Platten. Shout out to my best friend Glenice on her birthday! This is our song!

 

About 2 years ago Glenice came into my life and helped me through the grieving process with my dad and I in turn tried to help her with things that she was going through. Long story short we were there for each other and motivated each other to be happy when it was hard. Stand By You became our theme song. The melody is fun and uplifting and the words are motivating and inspiring. Basically expressed how we felt. So happy birthday Glenice! 🙂 🙂
Watch the music video here. 🙂

Stand By You

Hands, put your empty hands in mine

And scars, show me all the scars you hide

And hey, if your wings are broken

Please take mine so yours can open too

‘Cause I’m gonna stand by you

Oh, tears make kaleidoscopes in your eyes

And hurt, I know you’re hurting, but so am I

And love, if your wings are broken

Borrow mine so yours can open too

‘Cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

Yeah, you’re all I never knew I needed

And the heart, sometimes it’s unclear why it’s beating

And love, if your wings are broken

We can brave through those emotions too

‘Cause I’m gonna stand by you

Oh, truth, I guess truth is what you believe in

And faith, I think faith is helping to reason

No, no, no, love, if your wings are broken

Borrow mine so yours can open too

‘Cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

I’ll be your eyes when yours can’t shine

I’ll be your arms, I’ll be your steady satellite

And when you can’t rise, well, I’ll cry with you on hands and knees

‘Cause I

(I’m gonna stand by you)

Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through (come on)

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’m gonna stand by you

Even if we can’t find heaven, I’ll walk through hell with you

Love, you’re not alone, ’cause I’m gonna stand by you

Love, you’re not alone

No, I’m gonna stand by you

(Even if we can’t find heaven, heaven, heaven)

I’m gonna stand by you

Music is a Time Machine

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Have you ever been listening to a song and it transported you back to a moment in time? It happens to me a lot, but specifically today. I was listening to Africa by Toto on the way to work today and suddenly it was September of 2014 and I was sitting in a sushi restaurant with an old friend, with this song playing in the background.

I remembered everything so vividly that I actually felt like I had traveled back in time and was reliving that very moment. I even remembered our conversation about this song verbatim and felt like we were having it again. I had my own personal Flux Capacitor! It never ceases to amaze me the profound impact that music can have. It can even be a time machine! How crazy is that?

As I was in this moment and reminiscing I couldn’t help but think what a fabulous period of time this was. My dad was still alive and had just helped me move into my apartment after making the move to Oregon. Moving to Oregon was a great experience in and of itself, but I remembered how simple my life was back then compared it to what I know now. Not that my life isn’t great (because it is), but everything that I’ve experienced since then has made me appreciate the simple and easy times so much more. I had no idea what was ahead of me and the obstacles that I would have to overcome.

How cool would it be to actually be able to go back in time and relive experiences? I feel incredibly lucky to be able to be reminded of those moments through music that’s linked to a specific time. Music is a powerful thing, no matter what it is. It has the power to help you feel, connect, and remember.

So if you ever want to travel back in time, just pick a song that is tied to a special moment, and let yourself get carried away in the music.

There Will Be An Answer: The Healing Power of Music

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This year has been one hell of a roller coaster to say the least. Life is most definitely  never what you expect it to be. There have been surprises around every corner, and although some of those surprises were good, there have been some really heartbreaking ones. Sometimes you just need to let life take you where it’s going to take you, even if you experience some heartache.

I’ve been reflecting on my life a lot lately and I was listening to my all time favorite musicians, The Beatles. I was listening to one song in particular and it really spoke to me. I’m sure most of you, if not all of you, are familiar with “Let It Be.”

This song is all about finding light in the darkness and accepting that things don’t always make sense in the moment. It’s about learning to trust that everything will be ok when it feels unbearable. These words say it all:

 

When I find myself in times of trouble, mother Mary comes to me,

speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me,

speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

 

I won’t go into detail about everything I’ve experienced this past year, but I will tell you that it has been tough. Despite everything that I’ve been through though, I’ve also experienced a lot of joy. As I was listening to the inspiring words of The Beatles, I couldn’t help but feel like I was being moved in a specific direction, that in time I would better understand.  The words that really resonated with me were:

 

And when the night is cloudy, there is still a light, that shines on me,

shine until tomorrow, let it be.

I wake up to the sound of music, mother Mary comes to me,

speaking words of wisdom, let it be.

 

Another part that really resonated with me was “And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree, there will be an answer, let it be.”

I love how music can be so powerful, motivating, and inspiring. I really felt like I’d been receiving answers all along and they were finally coming to fruition and beginning to make sense. It’s amazing what the healing power of music can do.

I can’t tell you why any of us have to go through the difficult things that we do, but I do believe that if you allow it to make you stronger, that it will. I know that in my experience that music has helped tremendously with having the faith, courage, and inspiration to move forward and become stronger.

Life is going to be hard. That is inevitable. However, I can tell you that if you are really listening and looking for answers that you will find them. Pay attention to the signs, to your feelings and let the music be your guide. As The Beatles said it, “let it be.”