Music is Therapy

I love how music can entertain, make us feel a certain way, inspire us, sadden us or often take us back to a particular moment or time in our lives. This week Sirius Radio gave me another free two-month trial, and I’m definitely not complaining. Driving everywhere has been way more fun! It’s the little things in life, right?

Here is a short list of songs, in no particular order, that stood out to me from my station-scrolling this week:

1) “Informer” by Snow (1993)
I hadn’t heard this song in sooooo long. And I still don’t understand 99% of the words, just like when it first came out my freshman year of high school. I think they labeled it as “Reggae fusion,” and it’s definitely a hot mess, but a catchy one at least. “INFORMER! You know (blub, blub, blub, blub)…LICKY BOOM BOOM DOWN.”

Yep. No idea. There you go; years of unintelligible, questionable lyrics now (slightly) deciphered for your convenience.

2) “Jungle Love” by The Time (1984)
This gem makes me want to get up and imitate Morris Day’s moves from the cult classic Purple Rain every time I hear it. “I think I want to know ya!”

Oh yeah, I see you, Morris Day, and your synchronized side dancers. “OH WE OH WE OH.”

3) “Party Up” by DMX (2001)
Oh my gosh, this is the song I have to turn down when stopped at a red light. “Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind. Up in here, up in here!” Total lyrical and musical craziness best meant for the gym…or as motivation to go beat somebody up.

4) “Rock the Casbah” by The Clash (1982)
Another song that is kind of hard to understand, but nonetheless, makes we want to jump out of my car and dance. Aaand, I can understand the words that truly matter (“ROCK THE CASBAH!”)…right after some bumpy parts like “Shareef don’t like it.” Huh? Anyway, cool song.

5) “Don’t Dream It’s Over” by Crowded House (1986)
Let’s slow things down a little bit; that’s the mood this song evokes. And it had me at “Hey now, hey now.” Very reflective lyrics; it makes me kind of sad, like I should immediately go turn on DMX so he can start screaming obscenities at me and snap me out of this melancholy state.

6) “Africa” by Toto (1982)
“It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from yooooouuuuu. There’s nothing that a hundred men or more could ever doooooo.”

I feel like I should be running miles and miles, faster and faster, through the rainforest when I hear this song. For some reason it also makes me think of another hit song from that time called “Land Down Under” by Men at Work. Now that’s a good song, but with strange lyrics. After years of not knowing, I just had to Google what a “Vegemite sandwich” was…and, now that I know, ewww.

7) “I Got You Babe” by Sonny and Cher (1965)

I was like, awwww, this is such a cute OLD song. Then I changed it 20 seconds later to listen to some real music (tee hee).

8) “Peaches” by The Presidents of the United States of America (1995)

I know most, if not all, of the lyrics for this band’s songs might be considered, um, slightly ridiculous. But I LOVE their music! Oh my gosh, take me back to high school and college, why don’t you, with this type of masterful lyric writing. It was refreshing to listen to back then (and still is) because there was absolutely no thinking involved! Sheer genius if you ask me.

“Movin’ to the country, I’m gonna eat me a lot of peaches…Peaches come from a can, they were put there by a man, in a factory downtoooown…and if I had my little way, I’d eat peaches every day. Nature’s candy in my hand or a can or a piiiie.”

There. You. Go. Absolutely no brain strain and 100% pure delight. You  know you were just singing along, and with emphasis, too.

9) “How’s It Going to Be” by Third Eye Blind (1997)

Ok, so in 20 years this is STILL going to be the kind of song you know every word to, and where you also shout at the parts the lead singer is screaming at; he’s yelling deep down from the depths of angst from dealing with break-ups. This song takes me back to freshman year of college. For a couple weeks, a friend of my boyfriend at the time kept blaring that song over and over and over while we played sand volleyball outside the dorm. He must have really been trying to heal some wounds because thanks to him, I will always know every word of this song; apparently music truly is therapy.

10) “Float On” by Modest Mouse (2004)

This is a pretty uplifting song, but executed in a non-cheesy way, so it works (for me at least). It basically talks about how doo doo happens in life, but we have to suck it up and keep moving on; that everything will be ok. It’s nice to hear that once in a while.

What is a song you recently heard that triggered a memory, made you laugh or caused you to curl up into a corner with a bottle of wine? Share in the comments!

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Author: Andee

Mommy, Indianapolis Moms Blog writer, CrossFit junkie and former English teacher

6 thoughts on “Music is Therapy”

  1. Ha! Jungle Love is a great song and one that always perks me up on the rare occasion that I hear it. Another song I rarely hear but always makes me feel amazing is “Never Enough” by LA Guns. What an American classic!

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