For those of you who may not know me well, I love music. I will listen to just about any genre, with exceptions, and lately, I have been using Spotify on my computer while working.
Readers, I present to you, Lauren Daigle.
Some of you may know Lauren’s music, others of you, maybe like me, stumbled upon her amazing voice. If you think Adele when you hear her sing, you may be correct.
What you may not know about Lauren is that she is a contemporary Christian artist. I happen to also think she’s pretty amazing because her birthday is September 9, same as Caden. When I say stumbled upon her music, I mean I wasn’t looking to add to a playlist, I wasn’t searching her out, but I heard a song and it stuck with me.
The link for “You Say” is above. Give it a listen.
I love these lines:
You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing,
You say I am strong when I think I am weak,
You say I am held when I am falling short…
For me, moments in my life can be remembered or defined by music. I listen to music in the car, I play music while I am working, once upon a time, I attempted to play the piano. I grew up with music in our home, and I confess: I give private concerts while driving. Typically when I am alone in the car.
Music can be therapeutic. If you do a little reading and research, you will find that music therapy is a creative arts therapy, one that may seem “non-traditional,” and one that might seem odd or different.
I think music therapy is a beautiful concept.
Recently, there has been a video on the Internet (and believe me, there’s a lot out there on the Internet these days) about a musician whose mother suffers from Alzheimer’s…Jay Allen performs a song on stage and his mother is there with him. The song, “Blank Stares,” brings tears to one’s eye, especially if you have a loved one who suffers from Alzheimer’s or dementia.
You can view the video here: (sidenote: you may need some tissues while watching)
Music therapy has been conducted in the United States since 1944. I would think that we could try to work through some of our problems and some of our worries with music. How would Veterans feel if they could work in music therapy rather than the talk therapy or other types of therapy offered to them?
When I think of music, I think of a different time when I am not stressed out, trying to meet a deadline, I feel like I can move mountains…
All because of music.
While alternative therapies might seem a little “different” to some, it is amazing what these therapies can do. There’s also art, writing (big fan of that one), and many others.
Lauren Daigle has hit me in all the feels. I can’t quite put my finger on what it is, maybe her voice, maybe the lyrics, but most days I give Lauren a listen. At times, I even close my eyes (although this does not happen while driving and listening to music, let me clarify that), when I close my eyes, I feel peace.
I love it.
Maybe it is the powerful women behind the lyrics or voices, but, if you are like me and love finding new music, check out these artists:
Music. This photo has been featured on the blog before, but I love it so much. This photo shows how music can bring joy, laughter, and even love (when you least expect it). This is a photo from a concert (Jake Owen). I love this man (in the photo, not Jake). <3