That’s the amazing thing about music: there’s a song for every emotion. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would suck.” – Harry Styles
Yes, Harry. Yes it would.
Music + Depression
When inklings of depression started to show up for me in middle school (circa 1993) I took to writing; poetry mostly. I had always been musical so the transition to writing music and lyrics was natural.
As with many others, making music was a way for me to survive the lonely and maddening experience of teenhood + depression.
Music facilitated a connection with others who understood my experience, even though we’d never met. Music also allowed me to unleash emotions that words are unable to capture or explain.
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou
Sharing Stories + Interconnection
Fast-forward to 2011, I came out of the “depression closet” on this blog with my post, The weapons are words and it turned out to be one of the most powerful choices I made in my lifelong fight against depression.
Friends, family, and strangers have reached out to thank me for sharing my story because it helped them to understand their experience –whether theirs was living with depression or supporting a loved one living with depression– and to feel not so alone.
It may sound dramatic, but I have to agree with Friedrich Nietzsche that, “Without music, life would be a mistake.” Music is in our blood and our bones. It can get under our skin and make our hair stand on end. Our bodies are vessels powered by a percussive organ that beats and breathes. Music is healing.
I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” – Billy Joel
I’d love to know your experiences and thoughts about depression, teenhood, music, story-telling and interconnection.
How has music helped you through your teens? Through your depression? How has music helped you connect with others?
Comment* below. Let’s support one another by sharing our stories.
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