Wow! I am overwhelmed by the comments on the last post. Just wow. What a community of people willing to put themselves out there in order to help someone else. Thank you so much. I have struggled with how to follow it up- but thought what would Phil and Holly do (WWPHD)? Well they'd definitely throw in a less intense article to help the transition.....
People of a certain age will remember the beauty of a mix tape! Taping your favourite records/cassettes/CD's on to one Memorex dbs 90 and then giving it to people in the hopes of either cheering them up, marking a special occasion or just wanting to snog them.
I love how songs can make you feel. I remember travelling to work as a 16 year old and listening to Jagged Little Pill by Alanis Morrisette and going from extreme highs to lows all in the space of a bus journey. I sat on my bed passionately singing Stay by Lisa Loeb to some imaginary boyfriend. I have burst into tears up Merry Hill (its a shopping centre if you're not from this neck of the woods) listening to You Could be Happy by Snow Patrol. I have felt like I can't get any happier being in the middle of mosh pit while The Wonder Stuff play Mission Drive. I have felt a million dollars as I appeared in my own music videos via an ipod and the reflection of myself in the window of the train. (Hoping I'm not the only one who does this!) In hospital with the twins I would sing (poor kids, as if they weren't poorly enough!) or play them 'ooo child' by Five Stairsteps and instantly I would feel things really would be ok.
Music can change our moods in the matter of a few bars. So today I challenge us to make our own blog mixtape. Tell us a song that lifts you up, that inspires you, if there's a story behind it- even better! I'll see if I can get down 'wit da yoof' and create a Spotify playlist. And then when times are just shit, or you're just feeling a bit hopeless or lost- maybe this playlist will be the thing that lifts you.
I hope you'll all join in- or else the playlist will be filled with The Wonder Stuff and the Levellers!