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Sweet for Sia

Photo captured from Sia Official Fan Bridge web site

Photo captured from Sia Official Fan Bridge web site

I’m a huge music fan. In fact I just don’t understand when people (very few I  will admit), tell me: “I don’t really like music”.

To me, music is the key to happiness, productivity and inspiration.

Studies show that music can:

  • uplift mood
  • inspire creativity
  • cause relaxation, and
  • lower stress levels

These days, my favourite is  Australian singer/songwriter Sia. Modern, creative, artsy, animal-loving Sia doesn’t show her face on camera or while singing live but has climbed the charts as one of today’s most popular artists.

Her latest single is Elastic Heart. Although I had heard the song on the radio, it was my son who alerted me to the insanely watchable and incredibly weird music video. If you love eccentricity, wild innovation and catchy lyrics, I encourage you to check it out.

Virtual Sunshine

Blue Skies, Nothin' But Blue Skies...

Blue Skies, Nothin’ But Blue Skies…

After a fun and fruitful winter break with kids, friends and family, the January blahs are setting in. Sure, it’s sunny and relatively mild in my city today but, still, it is January.

With school back in session, extracurricular activities beginning, and work deadlines looming, feelings of warm sun and spring air are still well beyond my grasp.

So, I figure, if we can’t enjoy the real thing, please allow me bring you a  little bit of virtual sunshine:

Kind Over Matter — A beautifully-designed blog about kindness, gentleness and love.

An Invisible Thread — An absolutely heartwarming true story about a woman’s “chance” meeting with a hungry, poor child and the relationship that followed.

Call Me Hannah — A relatively new (but very popular) blog created by a 9-year-old girl who wants to inspire others to be generous and open-hearted.

The Dancing Egg — Written by journalist Caren Chesler, this engaging blog (also featured on Huffington Post), features the musings of a woman who had a baby at the age of 47.

Character Community — A volunteer-driven foundation dedicated to “nurturing positive character attributes and enhancing York Region as a desirable place to live, learn, work, and play.”

Please let me know if you have other stories, blogs or sites that might balance out January’s mental malaise – and Happy New Year!

Everybody Hurts: Music and Mental Health

It’s getting more challenging to post every day as part of the WordCount 2011 Blogathon (where we must blog every day in May) but I’m still committed to doing it even if it means including short posts every few days.

Today features one of those short posts…

One of millions

There are substantial references to mental health issues (depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, bullying, etc.) within popular music. A facet of this may be the connection between creativity + emotional highs and lows.

“Everybody Hurts” by R.E.M. is told from the point of view of someone comforting a friend who is suicidal. Here are the lyrics:

(Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)

When the day is long and the night, the night is yours alone,
When you’re sure you’ve had enough of this life, well hang on
Don’t let yourself go, ’cause everybody cries and everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong. Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone, (hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go, (hold on)
When you think you’ve had too much of this life, well hang on

‘Cause everybody hurts. Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand. Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life, the days and nights are long,
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes,
Everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes. So, hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts. You are not alone.

This is one of my favourite songs; R.E.M is able to capture all that is mystical and soulful. What do these lyrics mean to you? What songs can you think of that touch on aspects of mental health?