Head Above Water

Well, hey there folks! Yet another week has gone by and we are just one week away from a new month, which is crazy to think! I know I ask this every year, but where is the time going?!

Like…seriously, though. I feel each day, week, month, and year just drifts by faster and faster. And there is no sign of slowing down in sight.

Does anyone know the address for Father Time because I would really like to write him a nice letter…well..more like a 5 paragraph essay…actually…a Thesis trying to make valid points of why the time needs to not be going by so fast.

Also, before we get into this week’s post, I have just a fun little Mr. Sunshine fact from the weekend. I had coffee with NO sugar.

Why yes, you did read that right.

NO sugar.

I know. I know. Go circle the day on the calendar because this is a monumental moment that you will never want to forget.

But, I digress.

Let’s get on to this week’s topic.

So, grab your coffee with no sugar (or however you enjoy it best) and read on!

The past couple of weeks have been quite trying, especially this last week. Between some moments in my personal and professional life—I have felt weak, out of place, and defeated.

There isn’t one specific incident or moment to pinpoint why these feelings have been present in my life; however, I do know when they come up, I always look to music for solace, comfort, and courage.

So, this week, I share with you three songs that I have found to be extremely helpful to me in these moments that I mentioned just a few sentences earlier.

My hope is that you will find a few free moments to listen to them and find ways to relate them to your life in some way, shape, or form.

Song #1: “Can We Pretend” by Pink

I won’t be the first one to hide this true feeling, but the world scares me. Everything that is happening outside the doors of our community, towns, cities, states, and countries absolutely terrifies me. The one thing that I haven’t missed about being on social media are the posts of negativity and hatred that infuse and permeate our lives. Listening to this song gives me just a few moments of distraction to pretend that the world of hate doesn’t exist and allows me to drift off into a dream of love and kindness for all. It can’t be that hard, right? Well, each time I bring up the headlines on CNN.com, I just become more and more discouraged.

But, mark my words..,Mr. Sunshine will come back with vengeance this year with the latest tactic to try and change the world to show those that love and kindness will always be more powerful than hate.

Song #2: “Head Above Water” by Avril Lavigne

I have Spotify to thank for this song recommendation because it came up on my playlist randomly. I clearly have been living under a rock because I did not know this piece of musical beauty existed. This one kind of speaks for itself in the lyrics and even claims the title of this week’s post. Each time I hear the lyrics in the power house of Avril’s voice, I remind myself that no matter how bad things might get, it is up to me and me only to change the tides of the water to keep my head afloat. It’s one song that has even found me getting so emotional that tears have been shed.

Song #3: “Courage” by Celine Dion

This is another song that pretty much speaks for itself. Knowing that Celine Dion released this song (and the entire album) after the death of her husband make the lyrics even more real and raw each time I listen. And what powerful lyrics they are. Having courage in my life is so tough at times, especially with the way the world is right now, so this song is such a good reminder. And, with a voice as grand as Celine Dion, there is just no denying that this one will give you ALL THE FEELS and maybe even get you to shed a few tears when you think about a moment in your life where you need to remember to have courage. Also, total side note…saw Celine perform this LIVE this past weekend in Atlantic City and it was life changing.

And, because I forgot, there is one last song that I must add to this list, so BONUS track!

Song #4: “By The Grace of God” by Katy Perry

I happened to post a short teaser video of myself playing this song on the piano last week on Snapchat, so any of you who follow me might have gotten to see that. It is one song that just helps me get out all of the emotions inside me just by tickling the ivories for a few moments. And, this is another power house song (and I will always be a loyal Katy Perry fan), that just gets me right in the heart.

Well, that’s all I have for you this week! I sincerely hope you take a few moments to listen to these songs, add them to your playlists, or even share them with those around you.

Until next time folks…keep your head above water!

Sprinkle sunshine always,

JP