When I was struggling with depression, music was the escape. It was the only thing that I felt had no judgment. Whenever I played a song, I knew it wasn’t going to yell at me for feeling anxious or disconnected from everything.
It was going to make me feel better about it.
We all have a connection with music which drills into our individual taste, I’m lucky in the sense that my taste in music isn’t specific to one genre, I will listen to near enough anything if it’s done right and I can just feel what the artist is trying to say and it becomes somehow relatable to me.
In numerous blog posts, I have identified Taylor Swift’s 1989 album as my Mental Health album and the intro to this weeks post actually originates from a post following on from her concert in London last June (The Power of Music)
That tour was for Taylor Swift’s most recent album reputation, which I could take a lot from and helped me through another distinct period in my life. Seeing as in just two days time she is releasing her follow-up album, Lover, I wanted to take that post even further and present you with My Mental Health Playlist. A series of songs that immediately take me back to some of the happiest moments in my life, and for that reason they are my go-to when I’m going through a rough patch.
Shake It Off – Taylor Swift.
The song that started my journey into Taylor Swift fandom. This song was everywhere in the UK when it was first released and it helped me massively, even if for a brief moment where I let the light in.
Due to the warmth and feel-good factor that this song gave me I decided to download the full 1989 album for 2015 round the world trip and the album became a huge part of it, with some people I met on that trip saying that they think of me every time they hear a Taylor Swift song.
Business – Eminem.
Eminem has always been an artist I admired, and I think the same goes for a lot of people, regardless of what music you’re into, you tend to have an appreciation for this man. In 2011 he made his return to England for the first time in many years to perform at the local music festival and the general consensus was of disappointment.
It seemed like the rapper didn’t really seem to know where he was performing and that the show was entirely promotional and that his heart wasn’t in it.
Fast forward two years and he was announced as a headliner for Reading Festival, which I was attending, I was originally somewhat disappointed because following on from his V fest performance two years prior I assumed all of his live shows were like that. I was wrong. So very wrong.
I saw Eminem at Reading in the company of one of my oldest best friends, we weren’t particularly close to the front, it was pissing it down with rain but we had the best time. When he dropped into Business early on in his set we became different people because we lost ourselves in the music and the moment so much.
Hitchin’ A Ride – Green Day.
My favourite band to see live and one I am lucky to say I have seen six times. Every single time a Green Day concert finishes I tell myself that I’m going to start a rock band – that hasn’t happened… yet.
Green Day concerts are non-stop good vibes, whether they be playing in stadiums, arenas or headlining festivals and to choose one song that picks me up on a bad day is near on impossible, so I’m just going to go with my favourite song of theirs.
Do I Wanna Know? – Arctic Monkeys.
Throughout the Sheffield band’s career, I have dabbled in and out of being a fan, but 2013’s AM cemented me as a fan and this song plays a huge part of that.
The theme of the song is about an area of my life that I like to keep pretty close to my chest – love. The song is written by front-man Alex Turner and tells the story of how he doesn’t know whether he’d rather act on his feelings so he can move on and pursue it or just not know the answer and continue with the infatuation, thus torturing himself about it essentially. Trust me. Been there. Done that.
Reckless Abandon – blink-182.
My favourite band growing up, one I have seen four times and whose vinyl for the album this song came from I had to track down in Amoeba Records, Los Angeles to pick up.
This song is essentially about living your best life in your teen years, sure you’ll make mistakes, end up with some scars here and there but you make those precious memories to last a lifetime.
Everlong – Foo Fighters.
My favourite song from one of the most legendary bands today and is written by one of the all-time industry greats. It’s a song about searching for something that will last forever. Isn’t that why we’re all here?
That something can be anything, but the best things, I have found, don’t last forever, but it’s a pleasure to be amongst something like that.
I think a lot of people don’t find that something or they think they have only to find out that they’re wrong. That was certainly the case for Dave Grohl, who wrote it in the wake of the downfall of his first marriage.
I saw Foo Fighters live at Reading 2012 and they ended their mammoth 2 1/2 hour set to this song and it was the perfect way for their show to end, which is exactly the same way I would end a set if I were in a band and is also exactly how I am going to end this blog post.