I like music. I like listening to it, having it on within the background, seeing it dwell, popping on a document. I like the way in which music could make me really feel any and each emotion there’s, typically with out even making an attempt. Most significantly, I like music due to the way in which it impacts my psychological well being.
That’s why, every month on My Mind’s Not Damaged, I’m going to share a tune with you. It is perhaps a tune I can’t cease listening to in the intervening time, or a tune I’ve a historical past with. It may very well be a tune I don’t know a lot about, or I’ve listened to a thousand occasions. Whatever the cause, these songs have impressed me and my psychological well being, and I wish to share them with you. Whether or not you’ve heard of them or not, I hope these songs provide you with extra perception into my world and my method to psychological well being.
I deliberated loads about which tune I’d select for this primary publish. There are SO many songs that imply an awesome deal to me and have impacted my psychological well being however on this case, I want to begin from the start. For this primary tune of the month, I’m writing concerning the first tune I ever heard that was about psychological well being: “Don’t Matter Now” by George Ezra.
Earlier than I’m going ahead, I also needs to point out that George Ezra is well my favourite singer of all-time. I like his music and it’s made a huge effect on my life. “Don’t Matter Now” was the lead single for George’s second album after a really profitable debut album. Whereas I like the tune itself, there was additionally an interview concerning the tune (launched in 2017) that had a huge effect on me.
I keep in mind desirous to learn the article after seeing the headline: “George Ezra addresses battles with anxiousness on new single ‘Don’t Matter Now’”. I used to be floored. In June of 2017, my life was going each which method. My first yr of post-college life had been rocky, and I used to be beginning a brand new job on the time. I didn’t assume I had a great deal with on my anxiousness or despair. I felt confused, directionless and alone. However seeing my favourite artist be open about his personal anxiousness meant a lot to me. And making this tune the featured tune of a brand new album put quite a lot of weight behind that message. Right here’s a snippet from the interview:
“In time I realised that it wasn’t simply me that was affected by anxiousness, it wasn’t simply me that was confused, and that there’s no hurt in not at all times understanding what’s occurring on this planet round you.”
The tune of the tune is mild, boppy and care-free. It’s an ideal tune to play while you wish to roll down the home windows in your automobile on a sunny day. And for a tune like that to have a reminder about anxiousness and fear – I didn’t assume music might do one thing like that. This tune was one of many first that considerably shifted the way in which I view my anxiousness and despair. It taught me find out how to take heed to music and acquire which means from it, not solely from what the artist is saying however for myself as effectively.
It’s been six years since that tune got here out, and loads has modified since then. However that message, that it’s okay to not at all times perceive what’s occurring, stays in my head. It stays with me after I’m anxious. It stays with me after I’m afraid. It stays with me when the world is just too overwhelming. This tune looks like closing my eyes and taking a deep, lengthy breath. It’s a reminder that there’s nothing improper with being trustworthy about how you’re feeling. Generally we don’t – or can’t – perceive what’s occurring. That’s okay, and we’ll be okay. I’m grateful for the message this tune ship, in addition to the artist who shared it. It modified the way in which I considered my very own anxiousness, and I do know I’m not alone in saying that. Thanks, George Ezra!