I remember back in the 90’s when I would hit the club with my friends and dance the night away. We would stay on the dance floor all night until we had sweated our clothes out. Nothing else mattered to us; it felt like the beats were running straight through our veins. We would stay on the dance floor for 3-4 hours, sometimes not even breaking to get a drink of water. Those were the good ol’ days!
I am truly a big fan of house music. Back in those days, club music was what most of the clubs played. Some of my favorite songs were: Perculator (http://youtu.be/_UlhLd76IzQ), Fired Up (http://youtu.be/rog4Xp-EK-U), You Got Me Up (http://youtu.be/bUbSa0XoIhk), and A Deeper Love (http://youtu.be/_r7BAYLvfuM), to name a few. Just thinking about it makes me want to get up and dance. Back then the best therapy for all my problems was to hit the club and dance the night- and all my problems- away!
In 2013, things are a bit different- music is still therapy but I don’t have to go to the club to get it. And music plays this role in life not just for me, of course; music is therapeutic for many folks. Whether it be a celebration, a rough work day, a family issue, the end of a relationship, or a money issue, there is always a song that can speak to your soul and give you comfort.
I have a few artists/songs that really do it for me. I have great admiration and respect for Ledisi. When I listen to her songs or see her perform, she puts it all out there for you. One of my favorite Ledisi songs is, The Answer To Why (http://youtu.be/ptkTa4eTpgQ). Here are some of the lyrics:
How did I get here, what now, where do I go? I’m so scared, life ever changing. And the pain, will it ever go? Please let me breathe, I just want to know the answer to why. Everyday I breathe; I just want to know the answer to why.
In time I will know the answer. Right now, I need to find the way to let go of all my secrets and embrace the sun on my face. Today am I going to breathe, one day I will know the answer to why?
I truly believe that music brings us all together. If you have ever been to a concert, look around and see people of different ethnicities, backgrounds, or sexual orientation; they are just singing, dancing and enjoying the music. It is a great representation of the way the world should be everyday.
My musical tastes vary these days. I love Shirley Caesar, Cece Winans, India Arie, Kirk Franklin, Seal, Patti LaBelle, Mysa Leake, Phyllis Hyman, Anita Baker, BeBe Winans, Kelly Clarkson, Luther Vandross, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Chante Moore, Faith Evans, PDiddy, Jay Z, Oleta Adams, Jennifer Hudson and Janet Jackson to name a few. They have all been my musical therapy and I want to say thank you for the great music. Sometimes I cry, wave my hands, shake my leg or just laugh, but I know by the end of the song, it’s going to be alright!
Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.
~ Martin Luther King Jr.
What is the song/songs that get you through a rough moment or make you smile? Trust me, we have all been there! 🙂