“When you’re happy, you enjoy the Music
But when you’re sad, you
Understand the lyrics”
– Frank Ocean
Music has always been a big part of my life. Both my mother and father have different tastes in music and through them I have acquired a varied appreciation and eclectic taste.
Sometimes I really do live through the music.
This blog is inspired by BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. The concept first washed up on the airwaves in 1942. Guests branded Castaways get to pick 8 songs that they can take to the BBC’s Desert Island. Check out the website to listen to your favourite celebrities and other Castaways via this link: BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs
I have people in my life that I’ve exchanged songs with as a way of representing and expressing myself or conveying how I’m feeling in a way that sometimes my own words cannot do.
From night’s in swapping songs to sombre conversations about funeral songs to sitting at 5am in Trafalgar Square huddled together sharing earphones – creating audio accompanied memories.
If you cut my heart out – I’m pretty sure it would have grooves pressed in it like a vinyl record does.
I’ve created a playlist which, no matter where I am in life, will always be ingrained in my heart.
Music has mattered to my Mental health. It has soothed my aching soul. It has connected my feelings with logic through resonating lyrics. I’ve been able to escape and fantasise through melody. It can both lift my spirits and blanket me in safely in lower times.
I imagine myself sometimes as that artist, singing – and I imagine people watching me listening to the lyrics and beginning to understand me.
These are my Depression Island Discs:
Paint it black – The Rolling Stones
Shake it out – Florence and The Machine
Numb – Pet Shop Boys
What Now – Rihanna
Second Chance – Shinedown
One last Chance – James Morrison
Chandelier – SIA
Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell
Don’t let me be misunderstood – Nina Simone
Hedonism – Skunkanansie
Wonderful Life – Hurts
Somebody To Love Me – Mark Ronson ft Boy George
Nightcall – London Grammar
Nobody’s Perfect – Jessie J
Behind Blue Eyes – The Who
Overrated – Siobhan Donaghy
Worried Man – Paulo Nutini
Old Souls – Phoenix
Crying For No Reason – Katy B
Heaven – Emilie Sande
Change – Tracy Chapman
I wonder what yours are? Feel free to send me songs that mean something to you…