It’s no secret that I love music. Ask anyone. I listen to it all the time, talk about it even more, and am always on the look out for a new concert. I have always loved music. Growing up, my sister helped start this obsession by always listening to loud music in her room, forever exposing me to new bands. However, the tables have turned since I am always the one introducing her to new music now.
My first real music obsession was The Jonas Brothers when I was in the fifth grade. I vividly remember sitting on the floor by the lockers with my friend, Kenzy, who showed me a Tiger Beat magazine with The Jonas Brothers in it. I picked Nick as my favorite (still true) and the obsession soon commenced. Then, I began listening to other bands. I starting letting music consume my life. I couldn’t go to a lot of concerts at that age because my parents weren’t too keen on buying my tickets and coming with me. Now, because I am older and have a job, as soon as I get a paycheck I look for another concert to attend.
Since fifth grade my music taste has evolved. I have a lot of favorite bands and songs, but they aren’t the thing that keeps me coming back to music — rather, it is the way that it makes me feel.
Music has a way of calming me down when people can’t: a way of understanding me when people can’t. It is amazing what music can bring people through.
It has played a major role in my walk with anxiety and depression, and more recently the death of my mother.
When my mom died, there were a million people at my house, so I would sneak away to my room so I could listen to music. The noise of people was agonizing but the noise of music was calming.
Music has a way of making me feel less alone—more understood.
Sometimes I listen to songs and feel like the lyrics were written for me. Music also has a way of making you feel close to people. When I look around at concerts and see a group of people all shouting the lyrics to a song it’s almost as if we are family.
Somehow, when I listen to my mother’s favorite band I feel closer to her. It’s almost like she is hugging me and telling me she never left.
To some, I am just the obsessed girl that goes to concerts and tweets too much about the bands I like. Some people are never going to understand my love for music and that’s okay. I just know what it has done for me and I have seen what it has done for others. If I have it my way I will spend the rest of my life surrounded by music.
If you are grieving the loss of someone close, check out some of these songs. They helped me. I want them to help you, too.
There are so many more I could include.
The best thing about music is that it means something different to everyone.
I connect to these songs differently then you will and you will connect to them differently then somebody else. Make it your song. Allow these songs to bring you peace when you need it most.
FULL LIST (follow the playlist on Spotify here)
The Cave –Mumford and Sons
Reason to Sing –All Sons & Daughters (Christian Artist)
Therapy –All Time Low
Blackbird –The Beatles
I’m Lost Without You –Blink-182
Blood Bank –Bon Iver
Disarm –The Civil Wars (Originally by The Smashing Pumpkins)
Fix You –Coldplay
Won’t Give Up –Colony House
Never Let Go –Crowder (Christian Artist) (insert youtube link)
We’re Not Alone –Echosmith
Autumn Leaves –Ed Sheeran
If I Go, I’m Goin –Gregory Alan Isakov
Wake Me Up –Pvris (insert youtube)
New American Classic –Taking Back Sunday (youtube)
Doubt –twenty one pilots
Truce –twenty one pilots