Most, if not all, vinas feel as though they are under a spotlight in which they are expected to look, act, and truly be happy all the time. And, let’s be real, it’s not their fault that they feel this way. Society has pressured women to fit in with this unattainable reality and honestly, we are all doing the best we can.
NEWSFLASH. WE HAVE LOW MOMENTS. OFTEN.
The days I’ve sighed over the unescapable feed of negative social media posts are countless. To try and cope with this, I’ve found sanity-restoring music to fill to my ears with. I love music. To me, it calls “shotgun!” and hops in the front seat of the car to either provide an epic soundtrack to my emotional highs and lows or to help guide me through them.
There’s nothing more comforting than a powerful, timeless connection to a song. No matter the genre, era or artist, there is a certain kind of bliss in knowing that the masterpiece was created to document an emotion that people can all relate to at one point or another. It can also revamp the strength inside of us when we need a little nudge in the right direction. So, the next time you’re feeling down, hit pause on the world and turn up a few of these musical recommendations.
Life can be chaotic and when I’m feeling frustrated and need some time for myself, I turn to song with instrumentals. This means no vocals and no lyrics. Just the movement and rhythm of the beat. There are plenty of YouTube channels that offer a range of lo-fi, chill hip-hop instrumentals, but Majestic Casual has specifically curated playlists that provide the perfect songs to make you feel relaxed and refreshed.
Have you ever heard a certain song that triggers your memory back to the first time you heard it? Our surroundings, who we were with, and how we felt at that time are all relevant to how we respond to hearing music. Music can help you relive a moment and take you back to a time when you were dancing the night away with friends and family, living in the pure happiness of the music around you. You’d be surprised how instantly your mood lifts just by reflecting on those moments and listening to songs that have a special sentimental value to you.
THE ’40S AND ’50S
Female singers from the 1940s and 1950s paved the way for new artists and inspired generations of beautifully gifted singers for decades that followed them. Icons like Patsy Cline, Billie Holiday, Doris Day and Sarah Vaughan sang with class and poise. They were accompanied by a down-tempo swing which was played graciously by their band. You can’t help but appreciate the charm and sweetness of their sound. To me, listening to the song Que Sera, Sera, a song that echoed profusely in my household growing up, is like the equivalent to receiving a giant hug from my mother.
Just like listening to the songs of the ’40s and ’50s, listening to mellow jazz pieces from great musicians will also create a peaceful atmosphere and ambience for when you’re feeling down. A serene arrangement of trumpets, keys and vocals help to create a balance when paired with heavy emotions. Jazz legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis have an overwhelming amount of songs that can drown out the negative energy around you.
Okay, I’m fairly positive that’s not the official name of this so-called genre, but let’s call it that for the sake of my explanation. Bands like Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes and Lord Huron are the primary leaders of “forest” music. This means that their songs omit a feel of escapism and a pleasant, outdoor-like aura. Step away from sky-high towers and concrete jungles and re-imagine an array of foliage and glistening twilight. This music will take your mind out of your current setting and replace it with a peaceful oasis.
EXPLORE WHAT WORKS FOR YOU
Feeling “low” is not a straightforward emotion and there are no definitive rules on how you should approach this weighted feeling. For me, I have a go-to playlist for when I want to shut the world out and starfish on my bed. If I want to cry about something, I throw on a classic by Angel Olson. If I want a more joyous, upbeat listening session, I feed my soul with Motown hits. Or maybe I just want to turn it up and channel my inner #bossbabe, you best believe I have songs for that too! Whichever way you choose to tune out, you don’t have to do it alone. Let music be right there with you.
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