Beautiful Trauma

Everyone has a music artist that they love and have followed their discography. Somehow that artist spoke to your soul. All those feelings and thoughts put into a melody that made you shiver.

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Anthems

I spend a lot of time listening to music. Whether I’m at work, driving, working out, writing, cleaning or whatever task is on my agenda, there’s music playing.

My favorite part about music is finding that one song, or group of songs that capture my mood. When a huge change has occurred, so does the anthem I picked for that time of my life.

Anthems are that song you could listen to for a 24 hours straight and never get bored. It feeds your soul.

When I first moved to New Hampshire at the end of August 2013, I had been listening to New Politics, Walk the Moon, Watsky, and MS MR for the entire summer while at work. They all captured different moods during my 10 hour work day that carried me through.

By the end of my first year, I had stuck pretty solidly to MS MR, and their song “Hurricane” as my personal anthem. By the time summer rolled around, I spent 8-12 hours at work, answering phones and various other projects. And of course, all of my music.

My anthem changed after talking to a friend over the summer. We were sharing fanfiction and songs, when she sent me a music video of The Killers’ “Just Another Girl” starring the wonderful, Diana Agron. As I processed the lyrics, I realized how much of this song had a stronger meaning to me.

At the beginning of my second semester at school, I came out of a relationship entirely heartbroken. And while I had the naive hope that we’d get back together, this song reminded me that I shouldn’t have my heart set on a single person. I needed to let this one go.

I’ve since found other songs. “Geronimo” from Sheppard became my new anthem, because I’ve said yes to the opportunities that have crossed my path. And of course, Walk the Moon’s album has taken up a permanent residence on my phone. Along with Taylor Swift’s, “Bad Blood,” but that song is an entire blog post on its own.

Do you have any current or past anthems?

Some Music

Some bands have music that just makes you smile and laugh and dance. Others have songs that speak to your soul.

I’ve had the opportunity to see several artists live that have created music that has inspired me, made me smile, helped me through a rough patch, or has just been a song I’ve belted in the car.

My favorite band in the last few years has been Walk the Moon. They’re a college band from Ohio, and have since had quite the tour with their most recent album, “Talking is Hard.” You’ll probably recognize them for songs such as their first hit, Anna Sun:

They’re a band that has some great high energy music, which makes them excellent to see live. If you haven’t checked out their new album, “Talking is Hard,” you should. Their hit song, Shut Up and Dance, is perfect for the summer:

New Politics is a little band from Denmark. Two of their three members hail from Europe, and their drummer is from New York. They have positive things throughout their music, and liven up the stage with acrobatics and speeches about how everyone maters and can make a difference.

They’re biggest hit has been Harlem:

And the rest of their albums have a lot of great songs too. Actually, there are too many favorites for me to post.

A final band/artist that has meant a lot to me is MS MR. I’m not sure how to describe this group except that they have a lot of synth and eletronica. Their lyrics are my favorite part of their music. Here’s their hit, Hurricane:

Overall, their sound has an almost ethereal quality to it, and reminds me of Florence + The Machine. Here’s their recently released hit, Painted:

These bands and their songs have all been an impact one way or another. I don’t know what I’d do without music, and how it has a way to speak to the dark corners of my soul. There’s a lot of other songs I could list, but here’s three bands that I think everyone should give a listen to.