Exploring Depression and Anxiety Through Music

For the past week I have been so excited, so happy and so into Chastity Belt’s new album I Used To Spend So Much Time Alone. It’s not officially released until this Friday, June 2nd, but NPR so graciously put it up to stream.

This album is no doubt about depression, anxiety and those occasional moments when it all goes away and you’re “feeling like a real champ” (but for how long). And for once I feel like I am listening to an album that has no gender identity based around the identity of the band members. It is instead stripping these issues that can sometimes seem “female” or “male”, down to the core of just human. This album wraps the experience of being human into one.

I appreciate all of this so much from musicians, and it’s something I hope I achieve through my own songwriting. Music gives us the ability to communicate through a collective consciousness and help each other figure shit out, even if we don’t know each other!

I could cite half the lyrics on this album and talk about how they resonate so hard with me, but I recommend just going right into it (and the band’s previous works). If for nothing else, it’s because you’re intrigued by their name.

Thank you Chastity Belt.

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I AM A WARRIOR

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.

POWERFUL:

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.

 

HOPEFUL:

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.”