The entire world is in a panic mode and here I am, a person with GAD who is in no panic at all and has retreated to her little happy place that consists of well, whatever makes me happy!
Want to know why? Because the people stuck at home and stay there, have nothing to fear, I on the other hand still go to work because I work in a hospital. It’s stressful to hear updates daily on cases and what I need to do to protect myself, but I love my job regardless. Disappearing to my happy place when I’m not at work is how I relieve stress over terrible things that happen in the world like pandemics and politics, unlike most people who seem obliged to rant about it on social media, share articles, and post memes. That’s not what works for me.
Maybe I’m the one who should be scared because I’m working in a high-risk area for COVID-19, but I just show a different way of being scared. This pandemic has caused me to retreat to picking up some hobbies I had put aside either for years or did more during the time I was between jobs.
Anyway, that’s my life right now. It’s time for this month’s songs.
AFI – Miss Murder
This type of music and the fashion that comes with it is not for me, but this song is catchy and I first heard it from my brother’s Guitar Hero III game and he played it a lot. I forgot about its existence until it was shared by someone on Facebook I met in the Ghost fandom.
When my brother got addicted to the game, he and I started searching for the songs we liked from it. This was one he chose while the one I liked was Through the Fire and the Flames. So, whether you’re into the emo image or not, this is still a pretty good song.
Sabaton – Union (Slopes of St. Benedict)
Lookee here, some more Sabaton! Why does this band always put me in a good mood? Well, this is my favourite song from the Art of War album and probably the only one at a different key. The guitar solo and chorus are so good that I started screaming hysterically when Joakim shouted that they were going to play it next during the second time I saw them.
In 1944 at the Slopes of Monte Cassino, several armies from different parts of the world united against the then Nazi Germany. Those countries included Canada (mine), USA, India, France, Poland, New Zealand, South Africa, and Italy. This was all for the monastery of St. Benedict en route to Rome. It’s just like the lyrics say: To arms, under one banner, as a unit we stand, and united we fall. As one, fighting together, bringing an end to the slaughter.
As soon as you hear it, it just makes you want to belt it out am I right?
The Police – Roxanne
This classic song came back into my life recently when the radio started to play a song with the same name, but by a different artist and genre completely. I wasn’t a fan, so I retreated to what I grew up with, what my dad would play on the stereo was this song.
There’s only one Roxanne and this is it. Catchy, fun, classic and great riff. This type of music will never die. It’s a real shame that it gets lost in history when the mainstream presents something with the same name and it surges in popularity shunning the classics. Unless of course the other song is meant to be a tribute to The Police’s song.
No matter, this one is always better. You don’t have to put on the red light.
Within Temptation – Angels
Probably one of the most beautiful and popular WT songs ever. I love the music video’s concept of the band members being angels that hunt down any sort of bad people in the world: criminals, serial killers, rapists, etc. If only we had vigilante angels to do that in real life that the criminal justice systems in this world can’t seem to do. The world would be so much more peaceful if that was the case.
My favourite part is when Sharon wakes up revealing herself to also be one of the angels. She used herself as bait to lure the target into a trap and it pulled off perfectly.
I’ve never seen this band live but my friend has when they came here once. I didn’t go because of career commitments and I hope they return someday.
Idina Menzel and Evan Rachel Wood – Show Yourself
That’s right, #1 goes to this beautiful tear-inducing song. When I watched Frozen II, I was hoping it would increase the development of Elsa as a character and this song gave me the answers I was looking for. It’s a song that gets better as it plays and by the time it gets to the bridge and final chorus, you just want to cry or burst into song as Elsa finally grasps the truth about her powers, the source of the voice, and what her purpose in life is.
Elsa was always a character who was trying to find her place in the world being different and that’s why I love this song so much because it’s a song about self-discovery where you find out more about yourself and where you feel you belong. It also shows that if you can find your true calling in life, you don’t need to have a romantic partner by your side to make yourself feel like you belong. It’s like getting a confidence boost that shows you are wonderful and unique person on your own.
The entire scene during this song put me on the edge of the seat as Elsa travelled into the cavern and throughout the song she went deeper searching until she found her answer to the call and why she was born the way she was. After I watched the film, I started searching YouTube for this song, but all I could find were the audio at that time and low-quality videos uploaded by fans, but then Disney then uploaded the official video last week just in time for me to start brainstorming songs for this month!
It’s a wonderful, tearful and goose-bump inducing song that has been stuck in my head for weeks and I’ve already started to sing it. It needs just as much love as Let It Go (my other favourite) and Into The Unkown.
And that’s it for this month. I’m going to do a 30-day song challenge on my personal Instagram account starting tomorrow and doing whatever it takes to try not to read too much into what the news is saying about this virus, no matter how bad it is. I’m doing everything I can to protect myself at home and at work so I’m not going to lose sleep worrying about it, and you should too. Don’t waste your time reading too much into it or oversharing. Know your limits of how much news information you can take within a day and then know when it’s time to say that’s enough for now and go to your little happy place. Take some breaths if you have to and focus on yourself. The more you read about it, the more stressful it will become and you don’t want it to leave a severe impact on your mental or physical.
If you’re stuck at home, keep yourself distracted. If you still have to go to work, protect yourself accordingly.