And the Story Goes…

Happy hump day readers! As I begin to write this post, I just want all of you to know that I appreciate you all taking the time(or not) to read these posts. I enjoy writing these, as they help me realize some lessons, just as I hope these posts help you realize some things in your own life. Now that all of the sappy stuff is out of the way, let’s get started.

I’ve been thinking about living in the present moment a lot lately. It is very tough to do, and the majority of people cannot seem to fully do it. However, when one does do it, whether it is for a brief moment or for longer, one starts to fully realize the beauty of life. The important thing I want too talk about here is that it does not matter the week, the day, the hour etc., you should always be living in the moment and making the most out of every minute because you truly do not know what it is going to be like the next day. The song “Do or Die” by Thirty Seconds to Mars is a fantastic description of what I am talking about. The lyrics are in this title and in the photo. Jared Leto also writes a great description underneath the music video of what the song means. The song describes a feeling that we all take for granted almost everyday and that is to live life no matter what. I chose to write this on a Wednesday because I know it is the middle of the week, people are tired from work, home/personal life and other blessings that make life go by so fast. People tend to start dragging midweek because they want the weekend but it’s still a couple days away and blah blah blah. All I’m trying to say is take a step back and truly appreciate the moment you are in. It’s probably not as bad as you’re making it out to be. Enjoy it, enjoy the little things and have this lyric play in your head ” oh the time to be alive.” Here is the link to the song “Do or Die” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GC63HGcsfEg. I highly recommend you listen to this one and gain some perspective. Please like and subscribe if you like what you’re reading! Much appreciated.

 

Spark

For those who read my last post ( here’s the link to it here:https://musicalconnectionblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/07/a-season-of-change/) you understand the struggle I’ve been going through and that struggle and the grind is all part of life. Sometimes one needs to go through these struggles in order to really feel a since of motivation and change. After writing that “Season of Change” post 11 days ago and going through the struggle and the sad emotions, I find myself in a much better state of mind and feel more motivated than ever to put in the hard work in order to get myself an entry level job and get out of my hometown. It’s not only a new motivation for finding a job and starting my life, It’s motivation to step up my efforts in the gym and start taking everything I do more seriously and putting in a better work ethic. Time to start living. I chose to title this post “Spark”, which is the name of the debut album of the very talented artist Drake White, because it instills a certain drive within in me to continue to strive and work hard to get what I want out of life. In life all it takes is some sort of spark to get something going. I know Drake White’s backstory and what he had to go through just to get his first full album released. He has been on the circuit for years grinding it out, playing shows and opening up for big time acts such as Zac Brown Band and Eric Church. Back in 2011 or 2012 when his first album was supposed to be released, he got dropped by his record label weeks before the release was supposed to happen. And did he give up? Absolutely not. I have huge respect for musicians who have put in the hard work and have gone about it the hard way, just being a road warrior and playing show after show with no real record label leads. I look up to these kind of artists because they inspire me to never give up. Now, I think this whole album is quite good. One of the full length albums that I have bought in about a year. There’s one particular song on this album that really motivates me. It’s called “Heartbeat”and the lyric that gets me is when he sings” here’s my plan brother man, yeah I’ll be just fine, cause I got my back don’t got no slack in this good old spirit of mine.”It’s a song like this that makes me realize that life is too short to do anything but work as hard as you can and enjoy it along the way. It’s another beautiful power of music. It’s why people listen to music while they workout, so they can feel motivated. Sometimes music is what it takes to allow oneself to kick it into gear and get busy living. What kind songs and lyrics strike you guys to feel more motivated and push yourself even more? I look forward to your answers. Thanks for reading! Please like and subscribe and share this with your friends. Be sure to check out that artist Drake White. You won’t be disappointed.

 

A Season of Change

I want to start this blog post by saying how sorry I am for being so absent for so long. During the last post I discussed what I was doing and how busy I had been. Well, not much has changed. But I am more dedicated too being more consistent with these blog posts because who doesn’t love talking about music? So let’s talk about the new direction I mentioned in the last post.

For those who have read my posts, you all know how much I love music and how much it means to me. But let me document my past couple months briefly. I graduated from the University of Arizona back in May and am now in that early 20s crisis mode. I have been applying for jobs without knowing what I truly want to do other than to start working already. I am not going to lie it has been tough. We’ve all been there. It’s all part of the stages of life. Now, I am all about a positive attitude and having a positive outlook on life. However, very recently I have learned that sometimes you need to feel sad and down in order too feel happy and see how beautiful life is. This is the part where music comes in. I went to Washington D.C. over Labor day weekend to visit my sister who is only 2 years older than me. It was a lot of fun and it was really nice and refreshing to be around young people, or people similar in age, again. It made me fully realize that I am no longer comfortable sitting at home looking for jobs without the fullest effort possible. I want to be out there working, grinding and having a social life again, just like how everyone in their 20s are doing. When coming home from this trip this wave of emotion came over me. It had been a long time coming.It was a wave of a sad and somewhat depressing emotion. I was coming home to an empty household because my parents were on vacation for the next two weeks and I felt this lonely and empty feeling. But, my idea of escape and therapy is to either listen too or play music. So that’s exactly what I did. The photo in this post is a song that hit me so deeply that it finally allowed me to realize that I have been “running” from these emotions for awhile now and it was time to let them come over me. That’s the beauty of music. It connects you to yourself in ways that otherwise might not be describable. The lyrics in the above song just hit home for me and I finally understood that it was completely normal and completely okay to be feeling that way. Once again music made me feel at that exact moment in time that I was not alone. Music helped me fully realize AND understand it. I had myself a tougher night than usual but now I am feeling a lot better and feel more motivated than ever to get out in the world and start living my life. What I am trying to get across in this post is that if you’re feeling sad or down, then feel sad and down. Listen to sad songs, songs that hit home for you and you’ll realize and fully understand how important it is to feel this way. Music teaches YOU how to feel. It connects you too yourself in ways that nothing else can. And in today’s world where we are all hiding behind the mask of the digital world and social media where everything seems so perfect, it is important that we do not lie to ourselves and realize that it is okay to go ahead and feel sad and down. We don’t always have too or need too put on a happy face.I would recommend you check out the artist Jake London. He has some good songs and it might just be what you need right now. Please like and subscribe! Feel free to comment your thoughts and what songs help you get through tougher times. Next post will be more positive and upbeat!