Music as Medicine

Hello again!👋🏽

Nice to "see" you.

How has your week been going?...

Hopefully, you've had some moments to rest from it all. 

As for how I've been doing, I'd love to say things have been as peaceful and blissful as it was a couple of weeks ago. This week was not. I've been procrastinating on some things and haven't been as productive as I'd like to be. A part of this stems from fear and multiple journeys coming to an end this month. Or, as some might say, some journeys are about to begin. Either way, this week my family, friends, and peers showed me how to have compassion and grace for myself. As usual, I continue to learn life lessons, some more challenging than others.

Well, I wanted to share a song that picks me up when I'm feeling down. There's a couple of lines that always stand out to me. They are the following:

When the day that lies ahead of me
Seems impossible to face
When someone else instead of me
Always seems to know the way

Then I look at you
And the world's alright with me
Just one look at you
And I know it's gonna be...

A lovely day

 

Ah, you've probably guessed the song. It's Lovely Day by Bill Withers. 🙏🏽😌

Bill Withers on Soul Train

The lyrics above stand out to me because I tend to feel that way. I often feel like "Is it just me that doesn't know "the way?" Whatever that might mean. "Am I the only one that feels like I make a couple of steps forward, to then seem like I'm falling back down a staircase?" Of course, I know growth and healing are not linear nor are they supposed to look a certain way. 

Yet, this song comforts me and makes me feel like I'm not alone. I realize for centuries, if not longer, humans have struggled with some of the same questions I'm struggling with now. The struggles are captured in our songs, our films, our poetry, our writing, and more. So, anytime I do feel like I'm back here again, I try to look at my own progress. I might be in a deep place, but I know this state quite well. Sometimes I need to sit here and sometimes I realize I've handled this much better than I would've in the past.

All this to say, I hope you celebrate your progress too no matter what that looks like. As many have said, you're probably doing way better than you think. I know in Lovely Day, Bill Withers may be speaking about another human being, but I wonder what you need to look at to know that even amid some pretty challenging moments it might still be a pretty nice day. For me, I saw a couple of butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees the other day during my walk. I actually saw a lot of hummingbirds, which never really happens for me! And I whispered "thank you" to them. Why? To be honest, I'm not sure. But, it was the act of looking up and seeing something so beautiful that gave me a bit of hope.

Of course, I don't know you. I don't know what you might be struggling with and with my sharing I hope you don't feel the pressure to be or see the world like I do. Or who knows! Things might actually be going pretty well for you right now! It's quite an interesting experience to be human, isn't it?...

Well, this upcoming week is probably going to be one of my most stressful weeks of the summer or even year haha. I hope to have good news the next time I see you. Wish me luck! And I seriously hope you can look at how far you've come. 

 

Bill Withers- Lovely Day

When I wake up in the morning, love

And the sunlight hurts my eyes

And something without warning, love

Bears heavy on my mind

Then I look at you

And the world's alright with me

Just one look at you

And I know it's gonna be

A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)

(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)

A lovely day (lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)

(Lovely day, lovely day, lovely day, lovely day)

When the day that lies ahead of me

Seems impossible to face

When someone else instead of me

Always seems to know the way

Then I look at you

And the world's alright with me

Just one look at you

And I know it's gonna be

A lovely day...

 

P.S. Since we're here and it doesn't feel right to have an image of Roberta Flack and not include Killing me Softly, here you are. And hopefully you have time to listen to Fugees rendition of the song! 🤗

 

 

Alrighty, that's my cue to go. If not, I'll be adding another hundred links, haha.

Well, may you celebrate your progress. May you be your biggest cheerleader.

And I hope you have a lovely day.

-Sandy from The Underground Galaxy

🦦🌻🌈🌞

 

Me, myself, and I trying to celebrate the progress and journey while cheering myself on. Hope you can do the same!😌❤️

 *image by Mike Von*

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