Music Heals

If you’ve been around here for a while you know how much I love music. I’ve written about it and its healing powers often. During my divorce, music was a big part of my life. I used it to relax, (Sarah MacLauchlan), to party (Dave Matthews Band), to paint (Chopin) and to reminisce (anything from the 80’s). So, music is a big deal to me—always has been, always will be.

That’s why I was delighted when Chrys Fey of Write With Fey nominated me for the music and words award. Thanks Chrys!

music healsFirst. Rules of the award.

  1. Link back to the person who nominated you-check
  2. Answer the questions with words AND music
  3. Pass the award on to 5 bloggers who inspire you with their posts about music
  4. Tag your post with #MWA, for Music & Words Award so that we can all find you down the line
  5. Quote these 5 steps and the award icon in your post. You can display the icon on your sidebar as well.

What does music mean to you?

Oh, so much. I don’t know where to begin ‘splainin’ my love for music. I’ve always been one to groove to the beat but have one ear intently on the lyrics.

I drove all my friends crazy growing up. I was the one sitting in the back seat of the _________ (fill in the blank of some ‘old jalopy’ belonging to a friend) shouting “What’s he saying? What’s he trying to tell us?” in reference to some Sting song.

But I digress.

 What is your first music-related memory?

When I was 3, my parents had a Johnny Cash record (I believe it was Live From Folsom Prison) that I would make my mom put on and I would lay on the floor and listen to every song. My favorite? A Boy Named Sue.

A little later, listening to Simon & Garfunkel. My eldest brother bought the vinyl. We listened to Bridge  Over Troubled Water so many times…if my sister won out on the record player though, it was The Bee Gees, I just gotta get a message to youI was only about 4 or 5 but remember these songs with fondness.

What was the first album you’ve purchased yourself?

I think it was a 45 RPM. Remember those? A single release with a ‘b’ side. Trooper, Two For The Show. They were a local band from Vancouver, B.C. The drummer lived in our little town, too. My first whole album was Prism, Spaceship Superstar.


 What was the latest music you purchased? (No online streaming or free downloads, I’m talking about cash here!)

I just last week purchased a few songs because I was making an anniversary playlist for my Beau. One of the songs? Hero by Family of the Year.

The last whole album I bought was Sia’s This Is Acting. This is the song I bought it for, I’m Alive:

Q5: Which song did you listen to last? (No cheating, come out with the dirty pleasures!)

 Ex’s and Oh’s by Elle King. 😀

My nominations for Music and Words Award:

Kim of My Inner Chick-she often pairs posts with a song she loves and message we all need to hear

Kimberly of Mommy Go Something Something kim just recently posted an inspiring ode to a Pink song

Tamara at Tamara Like Camera -because although Tamara is a pro photographer she uses music and lyrics to relate her always interesting stories

Lizzie of Life In Silver Linings– because she dedicates posts to her favorite music and also names her friends after songs

Balroop of Emotional Shadows– because although she doesn’t talk about music often, she should be writing lyrics for singers

I hope I didn’t forget anyone. If you’re a blogger and love music, leave me a comment because I want to come visit your site.

What does music mean to you?

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36 Replies to “Music Heals”

  1. Ohhhh this is DELIGHTFUL, Lisa, and thank you for nominating me. I really like that Exes and Ohs song, but now you’ve really got me thinking. This should be good 🙂 <3

    Music is a HUGE influence for me, I think some of my most raw/wonderful moments have had to do with music <3 Might have to get creative with some of the questions so I can share the pieces which mean most to me, and which remind me of my friends 🙂

    1. Hey Lizzi, I couldn’t help but think of you for this award, my friend! I can’t wait to see it. I loved that post you did where you named a song after each friend and explained why. It was fabulous and so creative. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. I loved the flashbacks with the songs you shared. And, of course, you know me…I love Sia. Her previous album was the last one I bought but I want her new one too. So many good songs on it! Her song “Alive” was also the one that got me hooked on her new album. The words are so powerful. I hadn’t seen the video yet. That little girl is so cute!

    1. Hey Chrys, ya I was surprised how far back my memories went with music. Sia is fantastic. Alive is a powerful song that I like to play LOUD for a little inspiration. Thanks again, for the award Chrys. this was a really fun post to put together.

  3. Aww!! Thank you Lisa, I feel honored and loved.
    Your mention that I should be writing lyrics for singers is the greatest compliment for my poetry!
    Music is my greatest love. I have written one post about it but the response has been lukewarm…so didn’t write much.
    Though music doesn’t have any language, I love classical and soft numbers like ghazals.
    Yes! the therapeutic power of music is incredible!
    Love and hugs 🙂 Stay blessed.

    1. You’re very welcome, Balroop! Your poetry is worthy of some music 🙂 Love and hugs back to ya! Do share the link to your music post here. I would love to read it!

  4. How fun!
    I will do this for my next blog, sweets!
    You. Rock!!
    I’ve just been introduced to Sia. ( yeah, I know, it’s taken me a while.) Looooooooooooooove her!!!

    1. Hey Kim, oh that’s great. Don’t feel obligated to post 🙂 I know these can be a bit time consuming. I have to say though, it was the most fun award post I’ve done. Sia is great!!

  5. Hi Lisa,

    Congrats for the award, and yes, such awards are fun as we get to know more about each other and pass on the torch to others 🙂

    I agree about Balroop, she could do wonders with her words indeed! I have my favorites too, but always a mixture that depend on the mood one is in, but music is always playing, except when I am working or writing, when I want complete silences.

    Thanks for sharing. Happy weekend, and we meet once I’m back from my little Spring Break now 🙂

    1. Hi Harleena, welcome back. Hope you and Vinay have a lovely holiday and blog break. Once you’re away from it you realize how much time you’re putting in, am I right? Nice to see your smiling face again!

  6. No, but really. What IS Sting trying to tell us? I wonder that a lot.
    I just may have to take you up on this! I love the nomination.
    As a writer/photographer, I’m obsessed with visuals and melodies and lyrics. And yet, I can’t retain song lyrics to save my life!

    1. Hey Tamara, Right? Than I heard “Da Da Da Doo…” on the radio today. Well, I guess he wasn’t saying too much, at least in that song—LOL.I still like “Wrapped Around Your Finger”

      I hope you do post this, Tamara. You always have such great musical taste. Plus, you photos accompany the music so wonderfully. No pressure!

  7. It is so nice to hear that music has gotten you through the happiest and hardest of times. I think all of us have our own personal anthem and tune that we listen to during a particular mood, or when we feel like going back in time to relive a certain moment. I still remember those days where you can get B-sides and you could still physically purchase singles (as opposed to full albums) back in the 90s. How times have changed.

    Music means a lot to me. I listen to music when I’m happy, sad, angry and when I’m blogging and writing. I’ve always liked dancing electronic and classical violinist Lindsey Stirling and Irish band The Corrs. These days I’m listening to a lot of Florence and the Machine – and I absolutely love how so much symbolism and imagery the band conjures within their songs. Music, in a sense, the lyrics of a song and the kinds of instruments used in a piece, inspires me to be creative and look at the bigger picture 🙂

    1. Hi Mabel, music has really helped me through some things and still does. An old tune can take us back, wayyyy back. Now we buy singles off i-tunes for $1. Which is about the same or more money than buying a whole album back in 1980 LOL.

      You have quite a variety of music taste. I will have to check out Lindsay Stirling. I’m not super familiar with violin music other than some classical. I have some CD’s that are classical piano. I LOVE Florence and The Machine and definitely need to add them to my playlist!That’s awesome that music inspires your creativity. I love music up loud when I’m painting. Sometimes it’s classic rock and other times classical, depends what kind of painting I’m doing. Thanks for sharing here, Mabel. It’s always nice to hear from you!

  8. It’s great to know about your musical likings and how music has helped you to heal in low times and soothed you in the highs. 🙂

    Music means a lot to me. After nature, it’s the thing that helps me to cope up with every emotions and provides me the strength to keep strong.

    1. Thanks, Stephanie. Johnny Cash was the first man I fell in love with (I was only 3 or 4). It was his voice. I wonder about that, too if musicians think that deeply about it when they’re writing. I don’t think they do. They just write and play not knowing what will be a hit and what will be a miss.

      1. We live about five miles from where his house was. I drive by the funeral home where his grave is every day. You can visit it if you’re ever in Nashville (it’s in Hendersonville). There’s also a Johnny Cash Museum downtown. When I worked at the movie theater as a teenager, he and June would come in sometimes…they always waited ’til the movie started and came in when the lobby was empty to avoid being seen…and they’d try to wait until the lobby had emptied to leave. It was always cool to see him sneaking in, though!

        1. Wow! He and June would come into your movie theater? That’s so awesome! Oh, now I’m really sorry we didn’t make it to Nashville on our trip down South. I would love to see Nashville one day. Great story, Stephanie!

  9. How Nice Lisa!
    I love music too. It makes so much difference in a day.
    I remember the first time I listened to Simon and Garfunkel, I knew I had found my style!
    Love from sunny Paris.

    1. Hey Marie, I loved S & G as well. Their music has stood the test of time because the lyrics are so beautiful. xo

  10. Oh, I love this list so much! Music is everything… and always the soundtrack of my life. I have so many great memories and it seems music always helped to play a role in that. Love this post, Lisa! And your family had some great taste–love me some Cash and Simon & Garfunkel 🙂


    1. Hey Charlotte, the soundtrack of your life…I would love to listen. 60’s classics those guys (Cash and S & G). I didn’t even get into the 70’s lol. Supertramp, Elton John, Led Zep, Jethro Tull…I could keep going. xoxo

  11. Hi Lisa,

    “I just gotta get a message to you” lol. Wow…memories of a Summer day when I was a child is running through my mind. It was the time of my first real kiss when this song was playing in my friend’s dad’s car. I was 10. Yes, music does have an effect and to this day I can vividly feel that first kiss with the little boy I have no idea of his name lol.

    I am also moved by Johnny Cash because that song was playing all the time by my dad who is now gone. Yes..I swelled up with tears.

    Music is an international language and it does affect us in so many ways.

    Thank you for this post and I love what you picked out.


    1. What a sweet memory, Donna and a great song to go along with it. I agree, music does have such an impact on our emotions and memories.Thanks for popping over, Donna!

  12. “Anything from the 80s”–can so relate!!!!
    And yes, I remember casting a net for “music that made you feel brave” when I was going through the worst part of my divorce…it really did help. 🙂
    Love your suggestions!!! Happy Friday!!

    1. Hey Jane, 80’s is the best. Sometimes my kids like to listen to our old songs even though they won’t admit how cool it is. Music that makes me feel brave is still a must. That’s my Sia pick.Thanks, Jane. Happy Saturday! 🙂

  13. Music was a crutch in my divorce. I used to in the car, turn on my favorites, and drive to the beach. Soothes the soul.

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