I have these moments in my life when nothing is happening. Nothing wonderful or special, nothing painful or depressing. It’s not the numb or apathetic kind of nothing. Just the ordinary nothing kind of nothing.
You know, when you’re lying in bed and you realize there’s nothing in your life at the moment to think or write about. Nothing interesting to you, much less to others. Or, when you’ve already refreshed your Twitter a thousand times or scrolled through your Facebook timeline til you’ve reached posts from the year 2008 and you still keep doing it over and over again because, really, there’s nothing else you feel like doing?
I have a lot of those. I don’t hate them, nor do I suddenly feel depressed or “incomplete.” I just look at those moments straight in the eye, shrug, and wait for them to pass me by.
Sometimes though, something absolutely invigorating happens – as was the case moments ago.
Music, people. Music happens.
I honestly believe that music – the lyrics, the melody, everything – is even more magical than magic itself.
That moment when you come across a new song or a song you haven’t listened to in ages that just refreshes you, that makes you fall in love with life even more, if not all over again? Precious.
So here I am, with a goofy smile on my goofy face, typing this while singing my happy heart out and hoping no one will get pissed at me for doing so… although I probably won’t care if someone does get pissed.
I’m not entirely sure if you would actually want to know the songs that inspired me to write this. But here they are anyway:
Stubborn Love by The Lumineers – What I love most about good music is beautiful lyrics. “It’s better to feel pain, than nothing at all. The opposite of love’s indifference.” And everything else about this song is just as beautiful.
Miss Me by Andy Grammer – No, this isn’t because of some personal experience. I just love the idea of telling that to someone who treated you like dirt. “As long as you live, you’re gonna miss me.” Damn right, you are.
Ships in the Night by Mat Kearney – I know, a rather sad song and a happy heart don’t go hand in hand but I can’t help it. Mat Kearney is one of my favorite artists and this song is a big reason why. “We’re just fumbling through the grey, trying to find a heart that’s not walking away.”
Offbeat by Clara C – If that last one is sad, this one is the exact opposite. Even if I’m very much single, this song and its music video make me happy happy happy.
Living in the Moment by Jason Mraz – And basically the rest of his songs on his album Love is a Four Letter Word. Mr. Jason Mraz, you are a cup of hot chocolate on a cold winter’s day. Just, thank you.
There we go. Five beautiful songs, albeit entirely different from one another, on repeat to keep my happy lonesome happy. 🙂