The Power of Music (Longest blog ever)

Music is a powerful thing. It can move you, see you through darkness and touch your soul. It communicates better than anything and can spread messages to all corners of the Earth. Music knows no boundaries. It can change lives and inspire generations. This blog post is going to be about posting lyrics that have touched my life and the lives of my friends. And as always, if you have any to add please do feel free to comment!

Having Moebius, I, like others sometimes felt isolated from others. We sometimes felt that we couldn’t express in words what we were feeling. Well, for me, music has always been an outlet. It has helped me through the darkest times with messages of perseverance, strength and most of all, hope. It helped me realize that things will always get better and that there is always light at the end of every tunnel. Here are some lyrics from songs that helped see me through some dark times in life. There are some older songs and songs from today that I can’t stop listening to.

You Are Not Alone by Michael Jackson. This song was on the 1996 Grammy Nominees CD that we had. I remember listening to this song day in and day out. I was like 6 or 7 years old so it meant something different to me than it was maybe supposed to. To me it meant that I was never alone and that there was always someone there, no matter who it was. My favourite lyrics are from the chorus of the song.

“But you are not alone
I am here with you
Though we’re far apart
You’re always in my heart
But you are not alone”

High school was definitely the hardest in terms of school years. Bullying wasn’t a factor really for me, which I am grateful for. There was some laughing and stuff that I endured but I know that others have it a lot worse sometimes. What’s just as bad as bullying though, is isolation. I really didn’t have many friends until grade 12. I am so incredibly embarrassed to type what I am about to but when I created this blog, I vowed to be transparent and honest in an effort to raise awareness of what people with Moebius and other disabilities sometimes have to go through in hopes that it will help others. Anyway, in grades 10 and 11 I regularly ate lunch in the bathroom, in the biggest stall. I basically hung out in the bathroom because you can only wander the halls so much. That 40 minute lunch period felt like an eternity. To kill time, I’d go talk to my teachers. How lame is that? Most days though I would be in the library doing homework or pretending that I was doing homework. Sometimes though, the library was closed for some kind of meeting and sometimes all the computers were in use. There was rows of computers so I never understood how they could all be in use but alas sometimes they were. There were a lot of times when I just didn’t go to class. I’d sleep in in the morning and somehow justify how it was okay to miss my morning classes. And then I’d just say screw it to the rest of the day because I already missed 2 classes.. what’s one more? Looking back now I wish that I had applied myself more in high school. I think a lot of people have that regret but getting into university is very hard when you don’t have to marks or classes that you know that you could have. It’s hard to move forward in life without them.

Anyway, back to songs. These are some songs that got me through high school.

Run to Me by Paul Brandt. When listening to this song I fantasized about having someone to run to but it also gave me hope that one day there would be someone.

“When it’s midnight on a winding road
And you don’t know where you are or where to go
Through the rain, call my name,
And I will run to you. ”  These are my favourite lyrics in that song.

Bring It All Back- S Club 7

This song is so 90s but in 2007 I went to summer camp. In the morning before breakfast we always had to do a dance to this song. I continued to listen to it throughout high school. It’s just a feel good song. “You are your own destiny”.

“Don’t you know it’s true what they say
Things are sent to try you
But your time’s coming around
So don’t you stop tryin’

Don’t stop, never give up
Hold your head high and reach the top
Let the world see what you have got
Bring it all back to you
Dream of falling in love
Anything you’ve been thinking of
When the world seems to get too tough
Bring it all back to you

Na na na na..

Don’t you know it’s true what they say
Things happen for a reason
But your time’s coming around
So don’t you stop tryin'”

I could literally list dozens and dozens of songs here because music was my outlet, and still is. I love music and definitely love all kinds.

Today things are obviously very different than they were in high school. My best friends today are actually the girls that I met in my grade 12 English class. I’m so lucky to have them in my life. I am a big believer of things happening for a reason. Well on my timetable on the first day of grade 12 I had a different teacher and classroom then I ended up having. I went to that classroom, sat down and thought it was weird because I didn’t recognize anyone. It wasn’t until my grade 11 social teacher walked it that I discovered that I was in the wrong class. With a “I already took this class!” I dashed out of that room and began the mission to find out where my english class was. Well I found it with the help of one of my other teachers. That English class was awkward at first, my first group was lame and never spoke to me but then I was put in a group with my future best friends and it quickly became my favourite class. I’ll never forget, on the last day of English we were laughing so hard at something and our teacher turned to us and said “you guys are really starting to piss me off”. Highlight of English, I swear. That class changed my life. I finally had friends to hang out with at lunch, after school, had people to talk to in the hall, etc. Anyway, like I said today things are different. I have friends, dreams and goals for the future. I’m going to college in the fall and living in residence. I’m doing things that I never thought I would do. Things are finally falling into place. The songs that get me through the days now are some of the following. Again, I can’t post them all. Just my favourites.

Forever Young and Amazing Grace by The Tenors. These songs are beautiful and the Tenors are the most talented 4 guys I have ever heard, ever. I had the pleasure and honour of seeing them in concert last month and I also got to meet them which was beyond amazing. They deserve every bit of success that they are having because they are incredible.

Forever Young, I could not choose my favourite verse so I’m posting the whole song. Feel special, Tenors because I am not doing this with any other song!

“May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
Let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the sky
Climb on every rung
May you stay..
Forever young

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth and see the light surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay..
Forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay Forever..

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation when the winds of changes shift
May you heart always be joyful, may your song always be sung
And may you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay Forever Young

And may you stay
May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you stay
Forever young”

Amazing Grace

“When we’ve been here ten thousand years…
bright shining as the sun.
We’ve no less days to sing God’s praise…
then when we’ve first begun.

“Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me….
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now, I see.

and Grace will lead us home.”

Taking a big jump in genres now but I have to list a Nickelback song. They’ve been my go to band for years. Still love them. My favourite Nickelback song that has blog-appropriate lyrics is Lullaby. Beautiful song.

“Please let me take you
Out of the darkness and into the light
‘Cause I have faith in you
That you’re gonna make it through another night
Stop thinking about the easy way out
There’s no need to go and blow the candle out
Because you’re not done
You’re far too young
And the best is yet to come

So just give it one more try to a lullaby
And turn this up on the radio
If you can hear me now
I’m reaching out
To let you know that you’re not alone
And if you can’t tell, I’m scared as hell
‘Cause I can’t get you on the telephone
So just close your eyes
Oh, honey here comes a lullaby
Your very own lullaby”

Another song, it’s an older one, that I love and is so inspirational is When The Sand Runs Out by Rascal Flatts. It’s about changing your life and really living every day to the fullest.

“‘m gonna stop lookin’ back and start movin’ on
And learn how to face my fears
Love with all of my heart, make my mark
I wanna leave something here

Go out on a ledge, with out any net
That’s what I’m gonna be about
Yeah I wanna be runnin’
When the sand runs out

‘Cause people do it everyday
Promise themselves they’re gonna change
I’ve been there, but I’m changin’ from the inside out”

Another Rascal Flatts song that I love (okay, I love them all) is called Here’s To You. It’s a song dedicated to their fans.. I think. It always made me feel a connection with them and like I, along with all their fans, was special to them. It really is such a connecting song.

“They got three in the front and four in the back of a civic
Camped out all night on the sidewalk just to get tickets
With their hands on the fence in the back by the buses and the limousines
Just to get a glance at a drummer or singer yeah anything
And they come from miles around
For that moment when the lights go out
And they scream

It’s the girls in the front row singin’
It’s the boys with the wheels that bring them
Its lighters in the air and you guys up there
You’re the heart and soul and the reason we do what we do
Here’s to you”

A lot of friends sent me some songs that inspired them but I think that this blog post is too long already. Sorry guys, I promise to incorporate your song choices in a future blog post!

Thanks so much for reading this massive post if you made it to the end! Again, I reiterate, music is the strongest form of communication and has the power to change lives and lead you through darkness.

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