music saves lives

— April 14, 2017

Just for the record, I’m not too old. I love to crank my music up really loud.

Ya know the saying, “If its too loud, you’re too old!”???

Okay, maybe the fact that I know that saying means that I am too old.

Let’s just stick with the saying, so, I am not old.

I have been home with the third person in my family to be sick and a 4-year old on top of it. Caretaking is not always one of my strengths because I have done for it about, oh, 100 years now, and I have currently run out of compassion for the sick who become grouchy, cranky and a tad rude. Namely, my wee ones. It’s also almost spring but not quite yet. Coffee is not state-changing me anymore. Nor are sunbeams, cooking shows, magazines, reading, fresh air or any of the coping tricks I have learned through my years.

It was getting dire.

If we were to remain in one piece I had to break out the big guns.

Loud music.

I have always gone to music when I am irritable or stressed beyond normal limits. And I like it loud. It soothes my soul and saves lives.

It’s the one thing that HAD to be with me when I was birthing my wee ones and I went to great lengths to put the right music on my iPod. My first child came a month early and we did not think we would be staying at the hospital when we went in to check on something. But they kept us and my iPod was still in the car with my suitcase. It wasn’t worth risking my husband’s absence during the birth of our first child (looking back I may have come to that decision too quickly…okay no) but man I really wanted that music. I never went to the hospital again when I was pregnant without my iPod tucked into my purse.


So, to save my sanity and my family, I cleaned (physical release) and cranked up the tunes the other day (mental release and also offers the inability to hear any bickering, complaining, whining or demands on me, myself and I).

I thought I would share my life saving suggestions with you. Here are some songs to help you through your annoying, stressful, irritable, bite your lip, can’t say anything nice moments:

Mind the words – these are selected for their tune, not their choice of language or sentiment. I usually have no idea what the real words are.

Drum roll….

Lenny Kravitz – “American Woman” (it’s just a classic)

Bruno Mars – “Locked Out Of Heaven”

Mike Posner – “Cooler Than Me”

The Roots (From Yo Gabba Gabba) – “Lovely, Love My Family”

One Republic – “Counting Stars”

Pharell Williams  – “Happy” from Despicable Me movie

Robert DeLong – “Don’t Wait Up”

Ok, that should get you through the rough spots!

I’m happy to say that I am back to normal now…as normal as I get!