First of all, I’m terribly sorry I’ve not updated recently. Secondly, (just as a heads up), I’m going to be on vacation for all of June (I leave tomorrow! Weird). I may get a chance to post something while I’m gone, but it’s very doubtful. I’ll have plenty to say when I get home, though. Okay on to the real post!
This will be fairly quick, because there is SO MUCH I could say on this subject and not enough words to adequately convey my feelings. During exam week, I’d been listening to quite a lot of Pandora, which is nice because I don’t have to worry about picking each song. But every once in a while, a song will catch me off guard, gently pull at my heart, buffet me until I listen to it again, and grow on me every time I hear it. I would listen to a hundred songs just to find one like this that touches something internal and refuses to budge.
I think it has to be a combination of lyrics and melody for it to stick. The actual music is clearly more important, because there are hundreds of gorgeous, gorgeous pieces without any words at all that move me in a way that I really don’t understand (hello, Beethoven). But I love it when the chords surprise you and the lyrics inspire or incite or raise up some emotion or make you think about something in a new way, and think deeply… And the two things, working together, intertwine to create something absolutely wonderful and amazing.
A few weeks ago I found myself literally tearing up at a song because of… just everything about it. Music is relatable, and touching, and somehow creeps into your very heartbeat, taking something from creationand repurposing it. It’s made up of sound, of vibrations – it literally moves you. I think, of all of our senses, we tend to take hearing for granted. Listen, right now. There’s a lot happening around you that you’re barely aware of.
Anyway. It’s a beautiful connection when their intensity and emotions somehow move me into emotion. A bond is formed there, and you’re torn between wanting to share the song with everyone you meet and wanting to hold it close to your soul to play it on repeat as your personal anthem. It’s intensely personal and wonderfully communal all at the same time. Music both unites and speaks to you as an individual. I don’t understand it, but it’s a beautiful thing.
So, yeah. Heh. If you couldn’t tell, I sort of love music, and the way it gets inside of you, and the power behind a good song. Even the amount I sing in the shower is a pretty good indicator of my happiness and/or need for catharsis. I’ve got so much to say about music in general, but I’ll leave it at that.
Australia, The Shins. I love this. I just… I just love it.
Hallelujah, Jeff Buckley. I was actually crying at this. Also I couldn’t decide between the above version and this one.
Little Talks, Of Monsters and Men. I can’t take how beautiful this song/ the described relationship is.
Down in the Valley, The Head and the Heart. I actually love Lost in my Mind just as much as the above (if not more?), but the music video is pretty and you can watch it at that link.
Breathe, Anna Nalick. I just… really like this. Alright.
Old favorites that never get old:
Awakening, Switchfoot. I think that hearing this in middle school was one of the first times I realized how cool music is. It still makes me happy.
Death and All His Friends, Coldplay. There’s… there’s something special about this one. It always, very gently, touches something inside of me, calms me town, or makes me tear up.
ANY MUMFORD AND SONS EVER. I can’t even tell you how good they are. Sigh No More is one of the only physical CDs I own. Here’s Awake My Soul.