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January 2017

10 Songs That Never Fail To Heal Me

“Music’s the only thing that makes

sense any more, man.

Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay.”

     – Across The Universe (2007)

#10

When The Music’s Over – The Doors

This song of course, because this is the one song I listen to when life goes a bit astray. When there is nothing to look forward to and there is no hope. Though the name suggests the end, it makes me think about how many times I’ve thought about the end and still survived. How many times I’ve been stuck at a place and still tried to put one step ahead of another and move. This song is all about the coda of the song. So, when the music’s over, real life begins.

#9

Yesterday Was Hard On All Of Us – Fink

This song assures me of how I am not and will never be the only one who has had a tough past. It taught me that very person walking on this earth has had something to struggle with and we never know where this life leads us but we cannot rely on the past and stop moving ahead. It also gives me courage and grace to move forward in life with love and compassion in my heart.

#8

There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – The Smiths

This has been my go-to song for as long as I can remember. There’s something so fixating in the way Morrissey sings this song. It tells you about no matter how many people you meet or how many people you lose, no matter where life takes you, there is always going to be that one light that will never go out.

#7

Death With Dignity – Sufjan Stevens

This song came to my rescue when this world came collapsing down on me. When I was too afraid to push aside the broken pieces of my life and start afresh. Too afraid to look who the real me was, too afraid of this world and just too afraid. This song gave me something to hold on to in the darkness.

#6

Heroes – David Bowie

Who hasn’t had a go at this song when they were low? Bowie and his magic has always been with us but with this song I think he healed us all in one go. Because sometimes, at the end of a day, you just need to hear that you’ve been a Hero. 

#5

Its Only Life – The Shins

When has it ever been that you never want someone to tell you that its only life, giving you a sense of hope that you’re not the only one isolated and undone. There are many like you, surviving.

#4

Hey Jude – The Beatles

Aah! This song is forever in our hearts. Listening to this song makes me cry with happiness, thinking as if he is sitting me down and talking to me about life and love. Hey Jude was the first song I ever heard of them and I knew I would listen to it forever.

#3

Wolves Without Teeth – Of Monsters and Men

This song talks about every love that was wasted on the wrong person and gives a sense of comfort that that love was yours to give and you gave, but that doesn’t empty you, it makes you even stronger. It tells me that the wolves are always going to be ready to dig their teeth deep within you, when to stop giving in is up to you. 

#2

You Want It Darker – Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen holds a very special and a secure place in my heart for what he has done to me. He sings about the fragility of life in this song. He lit me this one bright light in the form of this song right before his fire got extinguished.

#1

Saturn – Sleeping At Last

This song has actually put me to sleep when the nights got rough on me. It has this beautiful music that makes you feel as if you’re floating way above the surface and you’re lighter somehow. As if the dark weight that you’ve been carrying around in your heart has lifted and now you’re free. This song helps me think about my place in this whole wide universe along with it, it also makes me believe that I am a whole universe on my own.

So, these were the 10 songs that never fail to help me heal my perpetually sad soul. These songs, they don’t make me happy, they give me strength to endure, they put back all the broken shards of my life together and build it better.

Though it was really hard for me to enlist only 10 songs out of the hundred that have healed me and helped me, I hope these songs reach to you guys and help you in the same way they helped me.

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Being A Reader 

The life that I have lived so far has had the ability to extract all the richness from the pages of every book and spread it all over my life. I’ve read Rilke and searched for the force that drives me to write, to explore what truly churns in my heart what truly my heart’s darkest corners hide. I’ve read Pessoa and known how poetic a life can be, how beautifully broken we all are and how delicately we put back all the fragile pieces back together. It’s Plath that taught me how to survive for she was a survivor. She survived years of debilitating mental illnesses, she survived a suicide attempt, and right up to the end she was trying her damnedest to survive and sometimes thats all you need to do, gather up every ounce of courage that you have and survive. Kafka brought me back to life by telling me not to go for mediocre books but something that is like an axe to the frozen sea inside us. Bukowski taught me that words were magic and if you let yourself feel that mgaic you could go through any pain with hope. Then there was Hemingaway, Miller, Fante, Kerouac, Gaiman, Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis and a hundred more, who somehow gave me a new life every time I read them. It was as if I was being re-born from the words that they wrote like a rising Phoenix.

As, C.S. Lewis said, “A book is a heart that only beats in the chest of another,” these books have also managed to contain and console my most overwhelming emotions by being there right next to me in the moments of despair.  So, while reading I transcend myself; and am never more myself than when I do.

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