The healing power of music

It is often when we listen to the lyrics of a song, that they reveal themselves and make their impact upon your heart. The world is full of “break up” songs, and on the other end of the spectrum love songs, yet both are about the same thing.

After reading some of my blogs on death, a high school friend reached out to me via Facebook the other week and sent me a song which she listens to each night, to cope with the death of both her father and her brother.

I wish I could infuse her heart with love, to help fill the gap.

Today, whilst writing my memoir, I was listening to the soundtrack from the Titanic. I was struck by the beauty of the lyrics from Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On”.

I wondered how many other songs have been written about grief that I know, but had forgotten about, or simply had never listened to the lyrics properly, to gain the real meaning. Here’s a few I rediscovered.  I share them hoping that if you are grieving the loss of a loved one, a pet or even a marriage, that these help you in your time of need.

James Taylor: “Fire and Rain”

The song Chris Martin wrote for Gwynenth Paltrow when her father died “Fix you”

A song Pink wrote about losing friends to drugs – “Who Knew”

Angel by Sarah McLachlan written about Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player Jonathan Melvoin, who overdosed on heroin and died in 1996.

Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men “One Sweet Day”

Puff Daddy – “I’ll be missing you”.