So I haven’t posted a Tunesday since … June 17. My bad, y’all. I’m a mess.
As you could probably tell from my last post, life has been a tad rough lately. I don’t exactly know why. I’m trying to roll with it and take things a day at a time. I’m okay, I promise — just a little overwhelmed.
Music has been getting me through more than ever recently, so I thought I’d share some jams for those who may be struggling with university/school/life as well. Feel free to drop me a line through my contact page if you want to talk about anything. I encourage anyone who feel like you’re drowning to seek out resources on campus or in your area; it is the bravest and best thing you can do for your own happiness.
Until then, here are some songs for people coming up for air.
1. Listener performing “You Were a House on Fire” for Cardinal Sessions
You’re burning alive with stress and life
Both hands in flames trying to hold the fire inside
Drop and roll, repeat line for emphasis
I’ll repeat it and repeat it until you believe it
You’re gonna be ok, say it to me
Listener is a lot like spoken word. It is screaming and shaking and powerful and hits you in the heart. I would recommend checking out their entire Wooden Heart record if you like this sort of thing, plus spoken word poet Buddy Wakefield (note to self: blog about spoken word).
2. Gungor performing “Beautiful Things” for Relevant Studios
I am not a religious person, but this song moved me to near tears the first time I heard it. I can’t really explain it. It is comforting in a way that feels like a good, long, heartfelt hug right when you need it most.
Could all that is lost ever be found/
Could a garden come up from this ground at all
3. Vance Joy performing Mess Is Mine on KROQ
You’re the reason that I feel so strong
The reason that I’m hanging on
You know you gave me all the time
Oh, did I give enough of mine?
I love love love Vance Joy (Riptide, Snaggletooth, From Afar), so when his newest record came out, I was ecstatic. This song is the perfect pick-me-up: it reminds you that life is okay and people care about you and you’re okay the way you are without being aggressively in-your-face sunshine-y (which is the opposite of what I want when I’m in a funk.
Bonus round (because you need more hyperlinks):
- On Your Porch by The Format (“Out of the desert and into the sun”)
- Stay Alive by José González (“Dawn is coming/Open your eyes”)
- After the Storm by Mumford & Sons (“Not this mind and not this heart/I won’t rot”)
(Also: I started a playlist called The Rut for when you feel down. Check it out on Spotify and let me know your recommendations for songs to add.)
(Also also: I’ve been getting better at updating JamsLikeJelly, so check that out if you’re wanting some random jams.)