Chronic pain is a lot of things, and it obviously makes you feel a lot of things, but most of all it’s just an annoying little bitch.
I could go into the depths of my pain, but quite frankly I’m tired of talking about it and would like to just get on with things. I don’t think humans are designed to fully understand each other’s pain. It’s a unique experience; solitary.
Piggybacking on last week’s Bad Ass Book List, I thought I would dive right into another list. This time I’d like to share the music I listen to that makes me feel powerful and hopeful in times of pain. I feel like sharing what we love about music is a really positive thing to do, and I think it’s really important to spread little bits of positivity about whenever possible.
Warrior by Aurora
From my favorite album of 2016, All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, Aurora suggests a kinder approach to being a warrior; a warrior of love. Aurora exudes love not only in her recorded music but also in her live performances. The chorus of this song also makes for a really great pick me up whenever you need a boost.
Cool Slut by Chastity Belt
Chastity Belt take back the word slut by making it fun and positive. That’s powerful. “We just wanna have some fun, try to bone everyone.”
People Have The Power by Patti Smith
This song is actually both powerful and hopeful, because people have the power to redeem the work of fools (YA KNOW WHAT I MEAN)! Patti makes the world make sense.
From Nowhere by Dan Croll
It’s not so much the lyrics in this one that make me hopeful, but the music and what Dan created as a whole on his debut album Sweet Disarray (and what is to come on his upcoming second album). As an added bonus, I was introduced to him live, opening for none other than Aurora. At the time I was not feeling very hopeful about anything (probably because this was the weekend before Election Day in the USA), so you can imagine my renewed sense of hope after letting Dan into my heart.
Lucky by Aurora
Another track from the wonderful All My Demons Greeting Me as a Friend, Aurora sings about troubles past, present and future, but with an understanding that she is simply just lucky to be alive.
Serenading In The Trenches by Sondre Lerche
I just love Sondre’s new album Pleasure so much I wanted to share what might be my favorite track and video. Sondre himself sump up the video best: “I wanted to play out romantic relationships, sexual relationships, even a father and son type thing – to really have us touch on almost any kind of deep relationship that two men, or even a woman and a man might have. We [Sondre and his drummer Dave, who co-stars in the video] know each other so well, and we enjoy each other so much, I thought it would be really beautiful for us to take on all these different relations in a video.”