I do realize how powerful music is and although I always knew it, today I felt it.
A variety of songs have spoken to me, worth more than a thousand word essays of pent-up expression because there’s something magical about how musicians tell you how you feel when listening to their music and some songs feel as if they were written for you…
Ed Sheeran- Afire Love
Of all the songs based on grief of losing a loved one, this song hits me the hardest. Yesterday was Fathers Day and it was a bit difficult to be happy when my dad wasn’t alive to celebrate with. Although Sheeran wrote this about his grandfather passing away after battling Alzheimer’s, I connect to it on two levels. The mention of medication and weariness reminds me of what my father went through, tired after suffering a heart attack. I used to be angry as a child that God took him away from me but I’ve come to realize it’s for the best. The other level I relate to is when someone you love doesn’t recognize you. You cannot blame them but it hurts nonetheless and that is where the plight begins because you do not know what to feel and if you feel something, you may be guilty about it.
Sam Smith- Money on my Mind
I’ve come across too many materialistic people who ask me “Why do work for something when you’re not getting paid?” The sad truth is that no matter your explanation, they will not understand. I do not write for others, I write for myself. Even if it does not amount to fiscal rewards, I will always write. Just like how Ed Sheeran described it, I am a selfish writer. I do it for myself. I do it for the love.
Imagine Dragons- My Fault
Involved in a group conflict, I’ve begun to wonder about the human tendency to assign blame. I wonder if it really is my fault as others claim and then I think it is unfair that I am the only person who contemplates this. Perhaps if we all look deeper, analyse our contribution to strife, we could remedy it. Sadly, the people I know at the moment refuse to do this and the point is moot. Just like our friendships. And that’s a terrible way to describe a friendship, it really is.
And thank you to a good friend who recommended listening to this 🙂