Listening to Music

Comment your favourite song so I can listen to it.Music Comments

A couple of weeks ago, I shared this picture on my Facebook page, asking people to comment with their favourite song or piece of music.  If you haven’t already done so, please leave a comment below with your favourite song, as I’d love to hear some of the songs that get you through the darkest days.  Those songs might encourage others as well.

Music and Me

Music is a big part of my life.  I’m always listening to music or making music of my own with my guitar and voice.  A lot of the time I’m singing along to the songs that are playing. Even when there is no music on, I’m singing or humming something or my feet are tapping to a song that’s playing in my head.  As I said: music is a big part of my life.

In my post Before the Morning, I cited music as my inspiration for starting blogging.  Josh Wilson, a Christian singer and songwriter, wrote the song Before the Morning as a manifestation of someone else’s story to bring his followers encouragement and that song resonated with me, really bringing me the encouragement.  The chorus says this:

Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing
Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling
It can’t compare to the joy that’s coming
So hold on you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
Cause the pain that you’ve been feeling
It’s just the dark before the morning

Needless to say, I love the song.  It brings me encouragement when I’m down and there are others in Josh Wilson’s playlist that speak to me, bringing me further encouragement.  I’d encourage you to check out his stuff, even if you’re not a Christian.  He has some great songs!

"You only hear the music when your heart begins to break."Why Music?

As I said, I get a lot out of songs.  There is something about it that really stirs my mood.  Certain songs can speak to how I’m feeling at that point, whether that’s happy and joyful or down and depressed.  At other times it can bring me out of the darkness, giving me encouragement or a boost that I needed to lift me.  It doesn’t always work, granted, but most of the time it has that effect.

I believe music connects on such a deep level because it’s so personal.  People can connect through writing, pictures and other things like that,  but songs…songs go that much deeper because it’s a direct outpouring of someone’s soul.  In my opinion, words in blog posts or books go so far because they come from the brain but music, that comes from the heart. From my own experiences as a singer/songwriter, I’ve found using music to convey what I want to say transcends the normal connections, making a deeper connection almost instantly.  I suppose that’s why I have spent a lot of time writing songs and performing them for people, because they map out my journey clearly.

Another beautiful part of music is that it connects straight to your soul but, depending on how you’re feeling, you get different things out of it.  For me, when I’m feeling particularly joyful, I tend to focus on the melody and tune of a song.  When I’m in my darker moments, I hear the lyrics.  It’s only when my heart begins to break that I focus on the lyrics more.  Is that the same for you?

Drop Me A Comment

Does music connect with you on a similar level?  Do you have a favourite song that you’d turn to during your darker moments?  Leave a comment with your favourite song so I can have a listen and find some encouragement from it.  Who knows, other people may like the same song or they might find a new favourite based on what you share!  To start us off, I love Before the Morning and Pushing Back the Dark by Josh Wilson.  How about you?

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Author: Alex Davies

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8 thoughts on “Listening to Music”

  1. I like an array of music and depending on my mood depends on the genre I listen to. The majority of the time it is either 2 unlimited no limits for nostalgic purposes or the eagle hotel California not for the words but for the music behind it

    1. Hotel California rings a bell but can’t say I’ve heard 2 Unlimited No Limits. Might have to give that one a listen to 🙂

  2. I’m thinking of becoming a blogger, can I ask what your advice is to make money on a blog? Do you have a job on the side or is this your full time work? If you don’t mind me asking?

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment 🙂 So this is my full-time job as I wanted to devote all my time to it. As for making money, best thing to do is check out ProBlogger.com as that’s who I’ve followed to look at the monetary side of things. Hope that helps 🙂

  3. P!nk – Raise your glass (watch the language)
    Green Day- Still Breathing – this is a make or break song for me.
    Less Than Jake- Is This Thing On?

    Have to admit i cant listen to much these days and i do miss it.

  4. Well, I can’t pick just one, so here’s three 🙂
    Green Day – Still Breathing is also one that helps me when I’m feeling that I can’t face the day ahead and am starting to feel panicky. It reminds me that I’ve made it through all the bad days and I’m still here.
    Emily Autumn – One Foot in Front of the Other: kind of explains itself, but helps to remember to focus on the present steps I’m taking, rather than getting overwhelmed by everything all at once.
    And Ralph Vaughan Williams ‘The Lark Ascending’: never fails to transport me somewhere else for a few minutes, where there is nothing but the music; it’s magical and spellbinding.

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