Danyealah the Music-junkie

Hello, my reader! In reference to an earlier post I wrote titled, “Summer-time Sadness With a Little Less Lana Del Rey,” I’d like to share a bit of how my summer is going.

As you may know, healing can be a slow process – emotional healing doubly so. In my summer “manifesto” I mentioned that this summer would be a time of emotional healing for me – a chance to mend the scars that resulted from my emotionally taxing junior year of college. I stated in my last post that I wasn’t exactly sure what my emotional healing process would look like, whether it would involve me spending time with close friends and family or going to the beach weekly to ease my mind. Proudly, I can say that I’ve discovered something as precious as gold when it comes to allowing myself to heal. And, I must admit that I was closer to defining my emotional healing process than I initially thought. Giving myself the time, the energy and the space to heal (to essentially fulfill the summer “manifesto” described in my last post), involves doing the things I love. As plain and simple as that!

“Do the things you love, Danyealah…”

A sentence that has been running through the course of my thoughts as if it were a tape recorder on loop, “Do the things you love…” One of the things I love is music and, “doing” music has helped me a lot this summer. Because music is something close to my heart, I am gifted with the ability to sing and I grew up playing the flute, I gravitated naturally to the thing I knew would help me cope with my issues. Not only does music have the ability to soothe, it’s therapeutic qualities for me are much deeper. Music gives me a sense of identity, helping me fight on in the journey to not only heal emotionally, but help me figure out who I am as a young adult.

The truth is that music creates community – for the listener and the listened to. When I troll the web, or solicit recommendations from friends, or seek out NPR’s All Songs Considered for new music, I know that I am not the only one searching for a good tune to listen to. “Doing music” involves not only endlessly searching for underground artists or new alternative bands, it involves becoming engaged with the music community. And for me, engaging the music community includes everything from singing in my shower to a Yellowcard album I loved in high-school, to finding the perfect song to match every mood I’ve ever had.

Essentially, rediscovering my love for good music has given me a snippet of my identity back. It is almost as if my inner-self walked up to me and said, “Hi, Danyealah. I am the part of you that loves music. Embrace your identity as a music-junkie.” Now here I am, half-way into the middle of summer accepting that part of myself, allowing myself to heal.

In closing, I’d like to leave you with a song that has soothed me many times this summer. The melody carries me to a place where I can sit in peace and my own thoughts are not my enemy. I hope you enjoy it just as much as I do. 🙂

Summer Heart – I Wanted You to Stay on the Other Side <- Click me

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A Little Less Talk and A Lot More Jazz

*Today, I’d like to share my love of jazz with you, my reader. Normally on Mondays I post poetry, but today I thought I’d do something a little different.

One of my favorite jazz musicians, Chet Baker, a vocalist and trumpet player, is the inspiration behind this Monday’s post. If you’ve never heard a record of his, let me spell it out for you: He is amazing. His voice is hauntingly smooth – it almost sounds like his throat is coated with honey, and that the musical notes have no choice but to roll out eloquently and soothingly. He is responsible for creating one of my favorite songs of all time – the notes are slow and rich, the theme perfectly romantic. Overall, the song evokes a sense of deep yearning, a sense of hopeless love, and a touch of mysticism. Take some time from your day, even if you’re not remotely interested in jazz/jazz musicians and listen to the song, While My Lady Sleeps. Venture into that place with me – the place where all else fades away, your worries, your regrets, and sorrows, and all you can hear are the sweet melancholy tones of Chet Baker singing his heart away. Enjoy!

While My Lady Sleeps by Chet Baker

The moon will rise
but all in vain –
For there’s no use in shining
while my lady sleeps


The breeze will sing
a sad refrain –
because her heart is pining
while my lady sleeps


Starlight and moonlight
and amorous melody wasted –
What can they mean
when i’m yearning for kisses never tasted?


The night may hold a million dreams –
but when her eyes discover
just a lonely lover
she will hurry on
with a sigh to the dawn,
while the willow tree weeps
and my lady sleeps…