Music as Therapy

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I have been tagged by Mummy Mummy Mum to complete Mammywoo's Music as Therapy meme. I was really pleased to be tagged as I've seen lots of other posts in response to this.

Music has always been a therapy for me but I lost touch with it while I was pregnant with Bud and then in his first year. In 2011 I have been determined to get back listening to music and enjoying it live and I am so pleased that I've managed to fit in five gigs so far this year, with two more booked for November and December.

I was around 13 when I really started to take an interest in non-bubblegum pop and I feel that, musically, my teen years were amazing and hard to beat. I turned 13 in 1990 so had the wonderful indie music of the 90s as the soundtrack to my formative years and I still love this music now. It was the music that got me through my angst-ridden teens into university and out the other side. 

1. My first song is actually not one from the 90s, or even an indie track but it reminds me of being pregnant with Bud. I know Bublé  is talking about a woman in these lyrics but they spoke to me when I was waiting to meet my baby


But somehow I know that it'll all turn out.
And you'll make me work so we can work to work it out.
And I promise you, kid, I'll give so much more than I get.
I just haven't met you yet.

They say all's fair.
In love and war.
But I won't need to fight it.
We'll get it right and, 
We'll be united.

And I know that we can be so amazing.
And being in your life is gonna change me.
And now I can see every single possibility, mmmm.

And someday I know it'll all turn out.
And I'll work to work it out.
Promise you, kid, I'll give more than I get, 
Than I get, than I get, than I get.



2. Back to the 90s for this one. I've spoken before about my love for the Irish band Ash. I went to see them live a few weeks ago in Manchester and it was one of the best gigs I have ever been to. It was amazing. This song is one that always makes me feel better and, no matter how bad I feel, it takes me to a time and a place where I was really, really happy. 


And these are days you often say
There’s nothing that we can’t do
Beneath a canopy of stars
I’d shed blood for you
The north star in the firmament
You shine the most bright
I’ve seen you draped in an electric veil
Shrouded in celestial light

We made our connection
A full on chemical reaction
Brought by dark divine intervention
Yeah, you are a shining light
A constellation once seen
Over Royal David’s city
An epiphany you burn so pretty
Yeah, you are a shining light
Yeah, you light up my life
Yeah, you are a shining light
Yeah, you light up my life



3. I love Ben Folds and his music, so many of his tracks have the power to reduce me to tears where others are really uplifting. This song spoke to me when I was at university and meeting so many people who were trying to reinvent themselves, be 'cool' and impress everyone they were meeting. It still reminds me to keep it real now and picks me up if I ever feel a bit out of it - especially when I have to go into a group of strangers for any reason and reminds me that everyone else is usually feeling just the same way.
I feel like a quote out of context
with holding the rest
so I can be for you what you want to see

I got the gestures and sounds
got the timing down
it's uncanny, yeah, you'd think it was me

do you think I should take a class
to lose my southern accent
did i make me up
or make the face till it stuck
I do the best imitation of myself

the problem with you speech
you gave me was fine
I liked the theories about my little stage
and I swore I was listenin'
but I started drifting around the part about me acting my age

now if its all the same
I've people to entertain
I juggle one-handed
do some magic tricks and
the best imitation of myself

maybe i'm thinking myself in a hole,
wondering
who I am when I ought to know
straighten up
now time to go
fool somebody else
fool somebody else



I've absolutely loved this meme. Just thinking about those songs that always make me feel better made me feel happier after a sniffly, tired, achey day. Music definitely is my therapy and thanks to Mammywoo for creating this meme and Mummy Mummy Mum for tagging me. 


I'm tagging:-
@Milkpetal
@Coombemill