Ten Songs That Saved My Life
Now that might sound drastic, how can a song save your life?
For me music is a massive part of my life. I have always struggled to say how I felt because I always felt like a bit of a burden when it came to other people. Somehow these people who I have never met before, who don’t know me and live millions of miles away on another planet manage to put exactly how I feel into the most beautiful melodies. The sombre nature of these songs say exactly how I felt at my worst, or helped me turn myself around and look more positive.
Sia – Breathe Me
The whole of this song speaks to me on so many levels. It is me completely throughout my life, depressions and highs. This song reminds me that no matter how low I am things can be better, there are people there who care about me and I am not alone. It is also a great comfort knowing that someone else feels the same as I do. I’ve loved Sia since her Zero7 Days (have a look on youtube if you’re not familiar with her early work). Her songs are beautiful and her talent is brilliant. She has written some of the most memorable songs over the past 15 years, and she still seems so humble. Well done Sia.
ps. I would like this song played at my funeral.
Alison Krauss – It Doesn’t Matter
I know these songs seem to be taking a depressing nosedive. Understandably, when I have been low, these have been the only way to let out my anguish. However I discovered this song during my long Buffy the Vampire Slayer obsession (which hasn’t even started to go away!). I think I must’ve been 13 when I first really started to listen to music on a deeper level, and take in the lyrics. This was a monumental time for defining my life (as i spoke about in an earlier post, you can read that here).
I also Love the guitar riff for this song. I have learnt it backwards, and forwards standing on my head and still cant make it sound as beautiful as it does in this song.
Sarah McLachlan – Full of Grace
I love this woman, and choosing just one of her songs was really difficult but this one sums up my sad state. Everyone knows Angel, but i think a lot of her other songs are as equally beautiful and powerful.
The Sundays – Wild Horses
Wild horses couldn’t drag me away from this awesome cover! Another song from the BTVS soundtrack. This song chills me out to the core. The reason it saved my life is that it was just there when i needed it. Not too sad, and not too deep!
Paper Aeroplanes – Winter Never Comes
This song sums up the end of a relationship for me. I’ve been with my wife for almost 11 years this year. A couple of years ago my ex (who i had a really crappy break up from) got in contact, had done some soul searching and decided she wanted to be friends. This lasted 5 minutes because I couldn’t cope with the constant distrust I felt.
It was a huge weight off of my shoulders when we decided we couldn’t manage being friends because we really just didn’t like each other. It let me release something I had held onto for a long time, and wasn’t even aware that I was holding on to! Guess I needed the closure from that breakup and this song game me it at the time!
KT Tunstall – Heal Over
KT Tunstall is one of my guilty pleasures. I love her music. When me and X (from the other post) split up, but kept in contact this was the song that kept my feet on the ground. Many hours were spent in my room, strumming away on my guitar with this on repeat!
Michelle Branch – Sweet Misery
Sweet Misery – My past is my sweet misery. The whole of it. I was so hurt and damaged when I found my light at the end of the tunnel. I Suppose I am her sweet misery. In a kind of ironic way.
Inme – Faster The Chase
This is my favourite song on this list! InMe – A band I have loved literally my whole life. Their lead singer played an acoustic set at our wedding, and spent the evening talking to us and enjoying the merriment. The words of this song which are quite sad, resonate inside me in such a positive way, me pushing forward. Whether its me on my own belting it out in the car, or humming along to my headphones I still listen to this song daily!
Counting Crows – Colourblind
I just love this song. No matter what mood, no matter if I’m having a great day or a poop day, its Just great!
Biffy Clyro – Cristophers River
This song has a lot of sentimental value for me. When i was 14 my best friend went to live in Brazil due to her dads work. It was aweful, i felt like my whole world had collapsed. This song reminds me of her, and us. Our friendship was probably one of the most treasured i have ever had. She is back here now, and was out there maybe a year in total. But it changed our friendship. We weren’t the same when she came back as we were when she went and we have inevitable drifted apart. We barely speak and I haven’t seen her in a couple of years. I do miss her, and i think about her all of the time but there isn’t really anything left of the friendship. Still none the less, the friendship more than the song saved my life.