Sorry for the quietness last week. It’s been a bit of a busy time and there have been a few down days in the middle of it all where I was barely functioning walking around never mind typing coherently. But, I’m back to share an idea I’ve been toying with for a while.
The thought occurred to me when I tried to think of different ways to get across what it feels like to have depression (at least for me) that was different to just writing about it. I have a thing for music inspiring my mood, especially when writing, as it’s one of the best ways to get me in a particular mindset. With that in mind, I thought I’d make a playlist for you all. At first I was going to just put a list of songs that say how it feels, but that seemed too easy. So, I’ve tried to put together a list of not only my favourite songs, but used them to emulate what it’s like to have the cyclical mood dips that we all have to deal with. At some point later, I’ll put together something specifically for calming and relaxing, as I have a few good songs for that as well. But, for now, here’s a playlist that starts with the first realisation that a Down Day is on its way, the depression that comes after it, and the eventual uplift/verging on mania. I’ve kept it short, because it was either that or it be hours long. Some of the songs are golden oldies, some are a bit random, but I hope it gets the idea across.
Best played while laying on the floor with your earphones in, for preference:
The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore – The Walker Brothers (That downward feeling)
How Soon Is Now? – The Smiths (Why is this happening again?)
Dead Souls – Joy Division (Draining, knawing downness)
Waiting For My Real Life To Begin – Colin Haye (Just ride it out)
Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – The Animals (Can everyone tell what’s wrong?)
Alive And Kicking – Simple Minds (Back on the upswing)
The Staunton Lick – Lemon Jelly (Yahoo!)
You can listen to the whole thing on Youtube HERE, if you’re that way inclined.
Well, that was fun. If you guys like this kind of thing, I’ll attempt more in the future.
Thanks for reading.