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Songs That Say It All…

<p>Songs That Say It All…</p>
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Songs?

Does anybody have any songs that relate in particular to the lovers of people with chronic illnesses?

There's obviously Her Diamonds - Rob Thomas, but I'm looking to create a playlist and thus, need more than just one song.

#Songs #Spoonie #Music #Love #ChronicIllnessPlaylist

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Conor Bezane

My List of Top 10 Classic Rock Songs About Mental Health

My history as a rock critic goes back to 2000 when I scored a college internship with “Rolling Stone,” where I notably fetched a bottle of water for Slash, guitarist from Guns N’ Roses. I’ve been at it two decades now, having spent the better part of the 2000s working as a producer for MTV News, interviewing rock bands and pop stars and cutting mini-movies on them, a few of which can be seen on my YouTube channel. I’ve reluctantly appeared on camera in a couple of silly segments for MTV. And I also wrote a heck of a lot about politics. I have bylines in some other outlets like VICE, AOL and The Fix. When I sat down to select these anthems of mental illness, I took it very seriously. As someone who happens to have bipolar disorder, I have a keen interest in lyrics as poetry, an obsession that many who have bipolar share. Trigger warnings: mental illness, suicide, trauma Behold: the top 10 songs about mental illness. 1. Nirvana — “Lithium“ Seattle’s Nirvana ignited a movement in 1991 with their scorcher of a debut “Nevermind.” Their lyrics are about as moody as it gets, and they dovetail nicely with the band’s punk-influenced sound. “Lithium” is a thrill ride of emotions — from happiness to despondence to animal magnetism, highlighted sometimes within the same sentence. Kurt Cobain had bipolar disorder, and in this song he writes about imaginary friends or voices inside his head — a categorical demonstration of extreme mania. “Lithium” is most emblematic of the disease down to the titular drug that treats bipolar disorder. I’m so happy‘Cause today I found my friendsThey’re in my headI’m so uglyThat’s OK ‘cause so are youWe broke our mirrors…I’m so lonelyThat’s OK, I shaved my headAnd I’m not sadAnd just maybeI’m to blame for all I’ve heardAnd I’m not sure 2. R.E.M. — “Everybody Hurts“ If a song could be anthropomorphic, asking you a question personally, “Everybody Hurts” would ask: “Are you OK?” And when you listen to it, the answer would be: “Yes.” The adage “misery loves company” is true, and grieving or feeling difficult emotions is better knowing you’re not the only one. This song is that empathetic friend who has the power to lift your spirits in camaraderie. It’s an anti-suicide anthem and one of the most important songs in R.E.M.’s oeuvre. When your day is longAnd the night, the night is yours aloneWhen you’re sure you’ve had enoughOf this life, well hang on Don’t let yourself go‘Cause everybody criesEverybody hurts sometimes 3. Black Sabbath — “Paranoid“ Black Sabbath is a hard rock band who — along with Led Zeppelin — laid the foundation for the heavy metal revolution that followed. Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne has always been kind of an odd bird. Infamously, he once bit the head off a live bat onstage in Des Moines, IA in 1982. Formed in 1968, Black Sabbath scored stardom with their 1970 second album “Paranoid” and its title track. People think I’m insane becauseI am frowning all the time All day long I think of thingsBut nothing seems to satisfyThink I’ll lose my mind… I need someone to show meThe things in life that I can’t findI can’t see the things that makeTrue happiness, I must be blind… Happiness I cannot feelAnd love to me is so unreal 4. Jimi Hendrix — “Manic Depression” It’s unclear whether or not Jimi Hendrix was bipolar. He never talked about it in interviews, but he wrote a song about it. “Manic Depression” epitomizes the disease with its poetic lyrics that shine a light on the struggle. Music, sweet musicI wish I could caressManic depression’s a frustrated mess Manic depression is indeed a frustrated mess, as anyone who has it can attest. 5. Black Flag — “Depression“ The legendary LA hardcore band sums up depression in this less-than-three-minute nugget of a tune from the 1981’s classic, “ Damaged. ” With its galloping speed and guttural screaming, hardcore punk is often a means of blowing off steam, and this song is the perfect example. The lyrics are quite literal. Depression’s got a hold of meDepression, I gotta break freeDepression’s got a hold on meDepression’s gonna kill me 6. Nine Inch Nails — “Down In It“ Trent Reznor is the industrial-music mastermind of 11 albums and the Oscar-winning composer alongside Atticus Ross for “The Social Network” (2010) and Pixar’s “Soul” (2020). His tour-de-force debut — 1989’s beloved “Pretty Hate Machine” —  delivers this spine-tingling showpiece, which describes the ups and downs of bipolar. Kinda like a cloud I was up, way up in the sky And I was feeling some feelings you wouldn’t believeSometimes I don’t believe them myselfAnd I decided I was never coming downJust then a tiny little dot caught my eyeIt was just about too small to seeBut I watched it way too longIt was pulling me down I was up above itNow I’m down in it 7. Bright Eyes — “Something Vague“ Conor Oberst is one of the great songwriters of his generation and this song is total melancholia. Bright Eyes’ 2000 album, “Fevers and Mirrors, ” is a torturous dive into the depth of the hell that is major depression, contrasting Oberst’s latter-day work, much of which is jovial. It’s unclear whether or not Oberst struggles with depression or any mental health malady. But these lyrics sure are spot-on: Now and again it seems worse than it isBut mostly the view is accurate You see your breath in the airAs you climb up the stairsTo that coffin you call your apartment And you sink in the chairBrush the snow from your hairAnd dream the cold away 8. Rilo Kiley — “A Better Son / Daughter“ The LA indie rockers nail it with this song, which practically bleeds bipolar disorder. I’ll let the words speak for themselves. Sometimes in the morning I am petrified and can’t moveAwake but cannot open my eyesAnd the weight is crushing down on my lungsI know I can’t breathe And hope someone will save me this time…And sometimes when you’re onYou’re really fucking onAnd your friends they sing alongAnd they love you But the lows are so extremeThat the good seems fucking cheapAnd it teases you for weeks in its absenceBut you’ll fight and you’ll make it through You’ll fake it if you have toAnd you’ll show up for work with a smileAnd you’ll be betterYou’ll be smarterMore grown up and a better daughter or sonAnd a real good friend And you’ll be a real good listenerYou’ll be honestYou’ll be braveYou’ll be handsome and you’ll be beautifulYou’ll be happy 9. Blink-182 — “Adam’s Song” Pop punkers Blink-182 crossed the drawbridge from punk obscurity to MTV superstars instantly in the late 90s.  Bassist and singer Matt Hoppus has been in the news recently because he revealed a cancer diagnosis. The guys are notorious goofballs, but it was time to take a breather when they wrote “Adam’s Song,” a serious tune about suicide. The lyrics take the form of a suicide note, and serve as a reminder of the negative impact suicide can have on a person’s loved ones. I never thought I’d die aloneI laughed the loudest, who’d have known?I trace the cord back to the wallNo wonder it was never plugged in at allI took my time, I hurried upThe choice was mine, I didn’t think enoughI’m too depressed to go onYou’ll be sorry when I’m gone… Please tell mom this is not her fault 10. Tears for Fears — “Mad World“ This 1980s new wave jam was used strategically in the Jake Gyllenhaal cult classic about a schizophrenic teenager, “Donnie Darko.” It was covered by Gary Jules and a lot of people think it was Jules’ song, but it is indeed one of Tears for Fears finest tracks. Anyone who has been suicidal can relate to this tune. And dreams about death. And I find it kind of funnyI find it kind of sadThe dreams in which I’m dyingAre the best I’ve ever hadI find it hard to tell youI find it hard to takeWhen people run in circles it’s a very, veryMad world, mad world Honorable mentions: Garbage — “Bleed Like Me”Good Charlotte — “Hold On”Green Day — “Basketcase”Matchbox Twenty — “Unwell”Rise Against — “Make It Stop (September’s Children)“The Offspring — “The Kids Aren’t All Right”Linkin Park — “Crawling”Pennywise — “Bro Hymn”Sonic Youth — “Schizophrenia”Soul Asylum — “Runaway Train”Soundgarden — “Fell on Black Days”Suicidal Tendencies — “Institutionalized”System of a Down — “Lonely Day” The Who — “Behind Blue Eyes”

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Can you help me make a body-positive music video?

<p>Can you help me make a body-positive music video?</p>
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music by my favourite band

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What is your theme song? #Music #Songs

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Songs

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#Representation in the media

Whether it's because we're trying to open up a dialogue with someone about the #LGBTQIA community or because we just deserve some representation damnit! We all want and need LGBT characters in shows movies and other forms of media
So
I am asking you to comment below #films and #Programs #Songs #Podcasts anything with LGBT representation
AND WNERE WE CAN FIND IT!!

I'll start
One day at a time
Has a #Lesbian character and a #nonbinary character
It's also a show about a Colombian family living in America
And it's available on Netflix!!

Be proud to be you
♥️🧡💛💚💙💜

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Ive got this song stuck in my head:

This night is cold in the kingdom
I can feel you fade away
From the kitchen to the bathroom sink and
Your steps keep me awakeDon't cut me down, throw me out, leave me here to waste
I once was a man with dignity and grace
Now I'm slipping through the cracks of your cold embrace
So please, pleaseCould you find a way to let me down slowly?
A little sympathy, I hope you can show me
If you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby let me down slowlyLet me down, down
Let me down, down
Let me down, let me down
Down, let me down, down
Let me down
If you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby let me down slowlyCold skin, drag my feet on the tile
As I'm walking down the corridor
And I know we haven't talked in a while
So I'm looking for an open doorDon't cut me down, throw me out, leave me here to waste
I once was a man with dignity and grace
Now I'm slipping through the cracks of your cold embrace
So please, pleaseCould you find a way to let me down slowly?
A little sympathy, I hope you can show me
If you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby let me down slowlyLet me down, down
Let me down, down
Let me down, let me down
Down, let me down, down
Let me down
If you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby let me down slowlyAnd I can't stop myself from falling down
And I can't stop myself from falling down
And I can't stop myself from falling down
And I can't stop myself from falling downCould you find a way to let me down slowly?
A little sympathy, I hope you can show me
If you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby let me down slowlyLet me down, down
Let me down, down
Let me down, let me down
Down, let me down, down
Let me down
If you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby let me down slowlyIf you wanna go then I'll be so lonely
If you're leaving baby, let me down slowly

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