Tuesday’s Tunes: “Titanium” covered by Jasmine Thompson

You shoot me down, but I won’t fall.

I am titanium.

This song makes me feel a lot of feels. It makes me feel strong, yet fragile. It makes me feel confident, yet vulnerable.

It’s a great song to listen to when you need reassurance that you’ll get back up after a nasty fall, or maybe when you’re feeling shorted by people around you.

Jasmine Thompson does really beautiful cover versions of many songs, but this is one of my favorites. She kind of has this hauntingly, beautiful, soft voice that gives this song something special.

 

 

Tuesday Tunes: “Sunday Candy” by Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment

I recently stumbled upon this song and listened to it on repeat for about five days straight. And to be honest, I hadn’t really listened to the lyrics until the other day. I was just jamming along because of how upbeat it sounded and because of the good vibes it sent through my speakers. So when I actually sat down and listened to the lyrics, I fell even more in love.

Chance the Rapper wrote this song about his Grandma. Not about some girl he met. About his loving Grandmother who helped raise him, put a roof over his head, fed him and brought him to church every Sunday.

He sings of his appreciation and adoration of his Grandmother. He lets her know that whenever he thinks of her, he is reminded of her graciousness and giving soul.

So if you want a song to dance and sing along to, while also feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, please click play in the video above.

Excuse me while I go clean up the mess my heart made after it melted all over the floor just now.

 

Song of the Week: “Lost in My Mind” by The Head and the Heart

This is by far one of my favorite songs. I felt a strong connection to it after hearing just the first line. However, my favorite verse in this song is one of my favorite verses from all songs:

Mama once told me
You’re already home where you feel loved
I am lost in my mind
I get lost in my mind

This song kick-started my love for The Head and the Heart and all of their other amazing songs–some of which I’m sure I will share at a later time.

I listen to this song when I’m feeling overwhelmed, sad and lost. But the beautiful thing about this song, is that I also listen to it when I’m feeling content, happy and blissful. There aren’t many songs for me that can capture my heart and mind at both ends of their emotional spectrum.

This song has created for me inspiration in many areas of my life. I more literally get lost in my mind when this song comes on.

Give it a listen. It won’t disappoint.

Song of the Week: “Pursuit of Happiness” Covered by Lissie

I’m on the pursuit of happiness and
I know everything that shines ain’t always gonna be gold
I’ll be fine, I’ll be good

Although I’m a Kid Cudi fan for the most part, I really like Lissie’s  version of this song. Her covers are always pretty awesome.

What gets me most in this song are just the vibes that it sends out. The “I’ll be ok. What will be, will be” kind of vibes.

It’s about living your life to the fullest without worries of what others think and also without worries of what may happen to you the next day, month, year, etc. Now, everything in moderation people. Not saying to go cliff jumping or to go do something illegal and dangerous. Just saying that we can’t live our lives worrying about what may happen next. What we need to do is live in the current moment. To seriously live with a live free type of mentality.

That saying “life isn’t fair” is one of the truest things I’ve ever heard. But even though things won’t always go our way and often life will throw things our way that are less than ideal, we have to get up and embrace life. When life gets rough, we shouldn’t “lay awake in our beds full of sorrow.” We should get ready to face tomorrow.

Things in this life won’t always shine with gold, but we’ll be good once we learn to stop letting those bad things put our life on hold.

Song Of The Week: “Babel” -Mumford & Sons

Challenge: try to listen to this song without feeling empowered and inspired. Spoiler alert-it’s pretty damn hard.

Mumford & Sons are such a powerful musical group, yet they also know how to gently reach into your thoughts and feelings, some of which you may not have known you even had. Their band and their songs are no where near new, but every time I listen to one of their songs, I hear something different I hadn’t heard before.

To me, this song is about overcoming all odds and standing proud in your achievements. It is filled with such uplifting yet humbling sounds and lyrics. It’s a song that can make you feel like “hell yeah, I got this. Look out for me world, I’m coming for ya.” But can also make you feel like “wow, there’s so much around me to be grateful for, and even if I can’t do it all, I can give it my all.” (some may not follow this thinking, and that’s ok because I’m purely rambling.)

Give it a listen when you’re feeling a bit discouraged. It’ll help you feel like despite all your current circumstances, you’ll be able to shed yourself of any expectations or premeditated judgment that may have been cast upon you. It makes me feel like no matter what people may say or suggest about myself, that I am capable of proving them wrong–or right.

 

 

Song Of The Week: Tell The World by Eric Hutchinson

Tell The World

I got a song and a smile so bright, I’ll make you wish you were here tonight

🎶🌎 Haven’t posted a song in a while, but it seemed only fitting since I’m going to see Eric in concert tonight!!
This song is just so upbeat, as a lot of his songs are. It’s kind of hard to put on this song and not want to dance around a little bit. It also sends out some pretty rockin positive vibes 🤘🏻

Song Of The Week: “Lost Stars” by Adam Levine

This is one of those songs that gave me very real chills the first time I heard it. I stumbled upon it while listening to Spotify one day. Since then, it still gives me chills each and every time I listen to it. Those songs are rare for me. Songs that allows your mind to find something new from them every time you hear them.

Every time I listen to this song, I feel like I’ve escaped to this new and different land or place. Is anyone else able to relate to that feeling?

  
Adam’s always angelic voice is the first thing that had me hitting repeat on this song, but it’s the following line that truly captured my heart.

Are we all lost stars trying to light up the dark?

This song reminds me that no matter where our journeys may take us, we must always shine our light on this world. That’s why we’re here: to use our light to light up the dark.

That’s why I write about my journey. I never really talked about it with anyone except friends and family until I started this blog. But I wanted to be able to share my experiences and shine my light in the hopes that I may help light up the dark for someone else. Maybe my words can help light the way for someone else who is having a hard time seeing which way to go.

You all are capable of lighting up the dark in your own unique ways. It’s how we use our light that really matters.

Song Of The Week: “The Rain” by Benjy Davis Project

Some days go on forever

Sometimes the weatherman says rain

We’ve all had days staring blankly out the window

Watching all the plans we made go down the drain

This isn’t a happy song, it doesn’t make you want to dance. This is a song that makes you truly understand the lyrics, because you can relate to the sadness and frustration. However, after listening to the whole thing, it reminds you that sometimes we all just have bad days. There are better days ahead, though.

This song describes so many days that I’ve faced during my journey with chronic daily headaches. There are days where all I want to do is lay in bed, stare blankly out the window, and watch all the plans I made go down the drain. And some days, that’s exactly what I do. I let frustration win and I hide from real life. People with chronic pain, or any health issue or daily struggle know that these days are inevitable and sometimes come into our lives too often.

I love this song because it’s another song that sounds like it was written specifically for me. It helped me realize that worrying doesn’t do any good for me. I can’t turn off the rain, but I can hold out hope for better weather.

Song Of The Week: “i” by Kendrick Lamar

Dreams of realities peace
Blow steam in the face of the beast
The sky can fall down, the wind can cry now
The strong in me, I still smile

This song can be interpreted many different ways, I think. However, I hear it as an anthem to loving oneself as well as standing up and smiling in the face of adversity and hard times.

The song is about someone who feels so small and defeated, yet has faith in God and stills smiles through it all. It kind of asks in a way, when it comes down to it, are you going to give into the fear, frustration and anxiety? Or are you going to stand up against all of that, lift up your head and keep on moving?

I’ve faced times when I wanted to give into my pain, allowing it to take over not only my body but my mind as well. After a while though, I know the right and healthy thing to do for myself is to pick up head and keep moving. To keep trying to find answers and to keep fighting.

This life is too beautiful and miraculous to let the bad stuff suck you in. Lift up your head and keep moving through whatever hard time you are facing right now. You all have so much to love about yourselves. Your beauty, creativity, kindness, intelligence, compassion, empathy and so much more. Love yourselves so entirely that it makes you want to stand up and scream just like Kendrick does in this song, yelling “I LOVE MYSELF!”