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.”

Celebrating Life through Music

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live a music inspired life!

When  you think of celebrating, music is right up there with food and people. Good music, good good, and the right people make for a great celebration right? Well let the eividence show that music is inspiring from the melody right down to the message. Here are 6 songs that prove that music promotes celebrating life everyday! 

 

Growing Up by Mackelmore

Macklemore’s song is a message to his daughter to live life to the fullest and enjoy it while you can. Take a look at some of the lyrics.
The quickest way to happiness?
Learning to be selfless
Ask more questions, talk about yourself less
Study David Bowie, James Baldwin and 2Pac
Watch the sun set with best friends from a rooftop
Wear a helmet – don’t be stupid!
Jaywalk, but look before you do it
If it snows, go outside, build a jump, get some help
Get a sled, thrash the hill with your friends, ’til it melts
Go to festivals, camp, fall in love and dance
You’re only young once, my love, one, this is your chance
Take risks, cause life moves so fast
You’re only young once, my love, one, this is your chance
Along with living life to the fullest, his lyrics also inspire change in the world through enjoying the things that you love most.You put the work in, don’t worry about the praise, my love
Don’t try to change the world, find something that you love
And do it every day
Do that for the rest of your life
And eventually, the world will change
If you need inspiration to live a life of peace, love, and purpose, then Mackelmore is your guy!

Live  by One Republic

If you’ve ever listened to this song then you know it has a fun, powerful, and uplifting melody, but the lyrics are even more motivating. Through this song, the band encourages us all to appreciate everything that we are given and to not take life for granted.
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived
Along with not taking life for granted the lyrics also inspire us to lift are spirits even when times are tough.Hope that you spend your days, but they all add up
And when that sun goes down, hope you raise your cup
Oh, I wish that I could witness all your joy and all your pain
But until my moment comes, I’ll say…I did it all.
What an inspiring message and great motivator for celebrating life especially when it’s tough!

 

Put Your Records On by Corinne Bailey Rae

 

How often are we bogged down with all of the cares of the world? Life shouldn’t be as stressful as we make it. Corinne Bailey Rae’s message in this song is to sit back, relax, and just enjoy life. Let your hair down, listen to some good music, and enjoy yourself. If not because Corrine says so, then for your own peace of mind.
T’was more than I could take, pity for pity’s sake
Some nights kept me awake, I thought that I was stronger
When you gonna realize, that you don’t even have to try any longer?
Do what you want to
.”

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down
.Sometimes all we need to do is kick back, relax, and enjoy the ride of life.

 All You Need Is Love by The Beatles

My personal favorite and a classic, this Beatles song not only inspires love, which is essential to life, but it also promotes believing in yourself and enjoying the simple things in life.

 

There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done
Nothing you can sing that can’t be sung
Nothing you can say but you can learn how the play the game
It’s easy
.

 

Because life is full of the unknown and life is full of adventure, even the Beatles agreed that everything happens for a reason. So we might as well enjoy the ride.

 

There’s nothing you can know that isn’t known
Nothing you can see that isn’t shown
No where you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be
It’s easy
.

 

Thank you Beatles for inspiring us all and celebrating life through your music!

 

Mr. Blue Sky by Electric Light Orchestra 

If you ever need a friendly reminder to celebrate the little things in life, then let Electric Light Orchestra lift your spirit with Mr. Blue Sky. This song not only has a fun, motivating sound, but even the lyrics validate that life should be a regular celebration. Through tough times as well as good.

 

Hey you with the pretty face
Welcome to the human race
A celebration
Mister Blue Sky’s up there waitin’ and today
Is the day we’ve waited for, ah”
Mister Blue, you did it right
But soon comes Mister Night
Creepin’ over
Now his hand is on your shoulder
Never mind I’ll remember you this
I’ll remember you this way

What better way to be motivated to celebrate life!

 

What A Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

 

There’s a reason that Louis Armstrong’s classic has become such a popular wedding song. It’s because the song is an advocate for celebrating life and it’s many miracles. And weddings are of course the ultimate miraculous event, but this song is great for just everyday listening and celebrating.

The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying,
“I love you”.
“I hear babies cry,

I watch them grow,

They’ll learn much more,

Than I’ll ever know.

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

I saved this song for last because I felt like it was the ultimate song in seeing the beauty and joy in everyday life. This is one of my all time favorites and probably the best inspirational song for celebrating life!

Things Are Gonna Get Easier: Inspiration through Music Lyrics

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Two years ago I was faced with one of the biggest challenges of my life. I had just lost my dad to Pancreatic Cancer and the grieving process was very fresh. I worked really hard to keep myself composed on a daily basis, but I was really lacking the inspiration to move forward. One of the hardest things that I had to do was set up a bank account for the money Dad had left behind for us. Mom pretty much reminded me about it every time I talked to her. I had been putting it off. I’m not sure why but I really struggled to bring myself to do this. Since Mom had been so insistent and emphasized it’s importance, I finally pushed myself to set up that account.

I remember it had been pouring rain that day and I had been really emotional. I’m pretty sure that I cried the entire way to the bank. I managed to compose myself before I walked into Chase. I managed to keep it together through the process of setting up my account, but it was a struggle. I remember  music playing in the background but I didn’t really hear it until a seemingly inspirational song began playing, “Ooh Child” by The Five Stairsteps. When it began playing I literally heard EVERY word of the song. Especially the part that says “Ooh child things are gonna get easier, ooh child things’ll get brighter.” I felt really tuned into this song and tears just started streaming down my face. I got out as soon as I could. I felt like Dad was trying to comfort me with this song but at the time I remember thinking “How could things possibly get easier? How far down the road would this be?” I couldn’t fathom how it would be possible for things to get easier.

Well fast forward to about a little over a year later, the same song came on while I was helping my aunt with a house that she was staging and it had a whole new meaning to me. A lot of time has passed and everyday has brought new blessings. At that point in time I was finally able to see how much easier things had gotten. That’s not to say that I don’t still miss him everyday and that I don’t still have my moments. The grieving process is never really over but it does get easier as you become stronger. While listening to this song again I recognized how much stronger I had gotten throughout the process.

Fast forward to another year later (which was just yesterday), my cousin randomly started singing the same song and it spoke to me once again. Talk about inspiration! There will always be difficult times, but they will also get easier and you will become stronger.

Not only have I gotten stronger but a lot of amazing things have happened since then. Through a lot of prayer and tears and comfort of friends and family I managed to get to where I am  now. I’m optimistic and ready to take on the world. I finally understand what Dad was trying to tell me through this song. Things HAVE gotten easier and they HAVE gotten brighter. I have never felt closer to my family. Both of my younger siblings are back from their missions and so much is happening in my life right now. I can feel Dad’s spirit with me with every challenge and adventure that I am faced with.

I just want to end with this thought; when you are faced with what seems like the biggest challenge in the world,  when everything seems dark, when even attempting to smile feels impossible, and when you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders, just trust me when I say that “things are gonna get easier.” If you allow yourself to be open to the light, then believe me when I say that you will find that inspiration to keep going.