“Lights will guide you home, and ignite your bones, and I will try to fix you…” (Coldplay)

2012 I heard the Straight No Chaser version live. 2013 I couldn’t listen to this song without turning into a sobbing, hot mess. 2014–new perspective: when I learn I am not broken. My behaviors, attitudes and thoughts might need adjusting and I need to fix those, but I am perfectly imperfect and that’s ok. I am also blessed to have many shining lights in my life that will always be my home!

“In your eyes, the light the heat, in your eyes, I am complete, in your eyes, I see the doorway to a thousand churches, in your eyes, the resolution of all the fruitless searches, in your eyes, I see the light and the heat, in your eyes, oh, I want to be that complete, I want to touch the light the heat I see in your eyes…”  (Peter Gabriel)

In the movie, ‘Say Anything’, who doesn’t love John Cusack’s profession of love (boom box and all)? For me, this song reminds me of a few people; the ones where you look into their eyes and you can see their hearts and souls. You see their passion, desire,  faith, mischief, hurts, sadness, excitement. These are the people I want to be around. Those who embrace both their vulnerabilities and their passion for life.

“…why can’t we give love, give love, give love….because love’s such an old fashioned word and love dares you to care for the people on the edge of the night and love dares you to change our way of caring about ourselves, this is our last dance, this is our last dance, this is ourselves, under pressure…” (Freddie Mercury {Queen, David Bowie})

If this song doesn’t just smack you upside the head and say wake up, I don’t know what does. First, you have to love yourself and it’s not always easy to do. It’s only in loving ourselves that we can care for the rest of humanity. Isn’t loving our neighbor really difficult sometimes? I know it is for me because love takes work and let’s face it–it’s hard and why do I need any more difficulties in my life? Surprise–perspective shift time: if we take the dare and accept the challenge to love harder, to love often; to be love, to live love, maybe, just maybe, life will actually become a bit easier! 

“…and so we argue and we compromise, and realize that nothing’s ever changed, for all our mutual experience, our separate conclusions are the same. Now we are forced to recognize our inhumanity, our reason co-exists with our insanity. And though we choose between reality and madness, it’s either sadness or euphoria…” (Billy Joel).

This song, with its beautiful melody juxtaposed with chaotic lyrics, shows just how amazing yet crazy life can be.  We often see things at extreme ends of the spectrum, expecting either complete sadness or utter euphoria. Living in this way creates pure madness! While I am never one to condone settling for mediocrity, perhaps expecting a general sense of peace, happiness in simplicity and overall calm of which we can control is a better way to walk through our journey.

“…you wanna run away, run away and you say that it can’t be so. you wanna look away, look away but you stay ’cause it’s all so close. When you stand up and hold out your hand, in the face of what I don’t understand. My reason to be brave. (Josh Groban)

This song is simply a shoutout of gratitude to anyone who has held their hand out to me when I was fearful and weak. Their strength became my strength!

Music does our soul good! Whether it invokes memories of joy or sadness, music heals!  Some bring us joy, causing us to dance or sing no matter how bad we may be. Some cause us to break down in tears for a  good cleansing cry. Others give us strength, becoming our battle cry. Others allow us to lift our voices in prayer or to relax in solitude. No matter what–music is one of the most important parts of our lives. 

I would love to hear about a song(s) that has touched your life. Comment here or send an email to ksellers@mychaoticbrain.com

K