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I’ve always been interested in music that sets me apart from everybody else. I do like the mainstream stuff but like Sara mentioned on my previous post, shadow music (the less popular stuff) can also be really good.
I’m not sure if a lot of people are familiar with James Blunt but I have been listening to his music since ninth grade and to this day, whenever I am feeling down or I begin to feed into negative thoughts I usually find his music to be therapeutic and uplifting.
Whenever I tell people that I listen to his music they would typically draw back and express some sort of astonishment… like ‘who listens to James Blunt’.
I remember one encounter where a guy looked at me and said, “You mean James Blunt, the ‘You are Beautiful’ guy, from so many years ago?”
I had a good laugh. I think his music is great but it also surprises me that people would think that I am a little weird because I listen to his music.
Nonetheless, I really don’t understand some of the lyrics of his songs but there is something about his voice and music that is just heavenly, with a sense of revelation and truth. He is always reminiscing about his past, asking for peace, expressing regret and exuding hope in his songs.
I also find his music very poetic and creative… I share some of the lyrics from his songs:
‘You’re getting older
Your journey’s been etched
On your skin’
Here We Go Again
‘You can judge me
If you know me so well
I can’t change my spots…
They will commit me
To a lifetime in Hell’
“Beautiful dawn, light up the shore
There is nothing else in the
World I’d rather wake up and see’
He is obviously a genius… would like to learn about any music or musician whose music has a lifelong meaning to you. Feel free to share.
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4 Replies to “Music That Heals”
Thank you for sharing! I love James Blunt and I think he is definitely more than his “You are Beautiful” song.
Personally, I enjoy listening to Ray Lamontagne. His music is romantic, melancholy, nostalgic, and inspirational all at the same time.
One of my favorite songs by this man is “Be Here Now.” I actually want this phrase tattooed on my body because it symbolizes being in the present moment.
“Be Here Now”
Don’t let your soul get lonely child
It’s only time, it will go by
Don’t look for love in faces, places
It’s in you, that’s where you’ll find kindness
Be here now, here now
Be Here Now
I could use this music in my ‘lone’ time as I do some reflection. Interestingly I’ve heard some of his music before, but I was never able to match the name… thanks for that.
His music is very close to soft rock, much like James Blunt’s. I like these kind of music because they allow me to attach my own meaning.
Ray Lamontagne also did a cover of one my all time favorite songs: ‘Crazy‘
I totally agree about Ray Lamontagne. Your mind can’t help but calm down when listening to him. I have a playlist that is my go to when i need to calm down and just slow down my brain and breathe. It’s a mix of different artists, but all the songs that can make me feel better and soothing and at the same time I know I can sing to and forget about whatever I was worried about a few minutes before.
It’s cool how there are times for certain types of music and how your mood really dictates when you what you want to listen to!
Indeed Sara, lol… music fills our emotions when nothing else can. What would the world be without music?