Working On Us Week #9

It’s time for Beckie’s (from Beckie’s Mental Mess) writing prompt for Working On Us! It’s to spread more awareness on mental illness. You should definitely check it out & join in!

Unfortunately, I missed last week’s prompt because I was super busy. But I’m ready to get back at it.

Prompt #1

Have you ever received music therapy as part of your treatment?

No, I haven’t received official therapy. However, music is my second passion (the first being writing) & I’ve always turned to music. I like a little bit from every genre except I dislike most dubstep/dance music and country.

Do you listen to music (if/when) you meditate? If so, what music do you listen to?

I don’t meditate. I’ve tried and I’ve tried but I’m just not there yet.

If you have ever tried music therapy as a treatment, what types of music calm and/or mellow you?

If I’m listening to music to calm myself down, I listen to some indie music. Or I listen to my music idol, Bob Dylan. His voice (strange as it seems) calms me. Punk rock (my favorite) gets me pumped though & helps me with creativity.

Do you believe that music helps everyone and there is really no use for therapy in this regard?

I definitely think music is a great tool for everyone and anyone! You just have to find your type of music, your genre, the musician that gets you. I think it’s scary when people say they don’t like music.

Prompt #2

Music Selection: Select 2 music video’s that help you and your mental stability when you listen to it. Also, describe how those songs make you feel.

This one is tough because there are sooo many songs that I love & relate to, particularly in old school punk, post punk, indie, emo, & screamo. The emo is from my high school days & I still love it. No shame.

Each few years of my life has its’ own soundtrack, songs that I would listen to on repeat. So many of them have memories attached to them.

These 2 songs are ones that I’ve been listening to a lot lately.

Less Than Jake, The Science of Selling Yourself Out

“I’ve come to my senses
That I’ve become senseless
I could give you lessons on how to ruin your friendships
Every last conviction, I smoked them all away
I drank my frustrations down the drain, out of the way
So I sit and wait and wonder
“Does anyone else feel like me?”
Someone so tired of their routines and disappearing self-esteems

I’ll sing along
Yeah with every emergency
Just sing along
I’m the king of catastrophies
I’m so far gone
That deep down inside I think it’s fine by me
I’m my own worst enemy”

This song reminds me of when I’m in a mixed episode or triggered by PTSD. The lyrics say something different than the upbeat tune. When I hear it, I realize I’m not the only person struggling.

Our Lady Peace, 4am

“If I don’t make it known that I’ve loved you all along
Just like sunny days that we ignore
Because we’re all dumb and jaded
And I hope to God I figure out what’s wrong

And if I don’t make it known that I’ve loved you all along
Just like sunny days that we ignore
Because we’re all dumb and jaded
And, and I hope to God I figure out”

This song reminds me so many things. A great friend introduced me to it and the band in my early 20s. This song had been around awhile before I heard it. It makes me melancholy, but in a good way. It’s a sensation hard to explain. A good sad because it’s my past, not my future.

16 thoughts on “Working On Us Week #9”

  1. Excellent post, Casey! “Each, few years of my life has its’ own soundtrack, songs that I would listen to on repeat. So many of them have memories attached to them.” I love that statement because it’s true (At least in my opinion).
    Every song seems like a theme song to each passing year. Like the main song of a movie. Our lives are like clips to a move, different seasons if you will.
    I never had music therapy either, but I do feel that music really does suit our moods and/or memories, and I find that a comfort.
    Excellent song choice, I can certainly relate to “The Science of Selling Yourself Short” Damn good song!

    Thank you so very much again, for participating in Week #9, Prompts #1 & #2 of “Working on Us”
    Take Care & God Bless
    💚🎶

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