I would leave the Light on by Tom Walker. Why does this song affect me so much? Or other music in general?

Warning this won’t be book related but I just had a rough day with the kids growing up and becoming adults… lots of fight lots of frustration lots of feelings.

I was driving in my car to go to the fitness club when I began to get chills and then just cry listening to this song “I would Leave the Light on” by Tom Walker.

What made me cry all alone in my car really? The sun was shining and I had a workout session planned ahead. Nothing to cry for right?

It made me think in all the ways music is affecting my life in general. Making some deeply buried emotions rise to the surface. Either sad ones, either angry ones or also good ones.

As far as this precise song is concerned I think it’s a combination of the music and the lyrics.

It hit close to home when people are adrift and you want to help them find their way back to you, back to the world.

It happened several times in the past when I had to be the “guiding light” of loved ones and it’s just spot on what I’me xperiencing with the kids right now.

Maybe it’s also because he tells he does not want to lose another friend to drugs? This too hiy close to home as when I was thirteen one of my friends became addicted and it was really difficult witnessing as fall into this hell. Since that moment drugs are a big trigger for me in books.

 

Now why does music affects us so much?

Other songs that give me chills, not tearing up but just feeling all emotional are Birdy “Strange Birds


and Sam Smith “Writing’s on the Wall”. In this case this is only Sam Smith’s voice and the violins giving me goose bump.

Another one that touched me deeply when I came back from the US after seeing homeless in the streets (and yes unfortunately there are homeless people in my country too. I’m not judging anyone here) was “Wrong Side of Heaven” by Five Finger Death Punch.

As I don’t want to be all depressing in this post (we are Sunday and Sundays should be used for other things than mopping and ranting really) I will also add songs that I use to either kick butts in my workout (yes yes aquaboxing has boxing in its name, remember my favorite sport?) or give me confidence when I’m feeling low or before some important meeting at work where I have to seem Über confident.

Favorites for my workout: “The Catalyst” by Linkin Park and “Burn It To the Ground” by Nickelback

Favorites to give me a confidence boost and feel like I can take the world:
P!nk “So What?”

Gloria Gaynor “I will Survive” and I’ll give you the “Glee” version because I adore that TV Show

Skillet “Lions” (it’s kind of “Go big or go home” and be proud of who you are)

And one of my favorite songs just because I love his deep deep voice…
“House of the Rising Sun” by The White Buffalo

 

Sorry I got carried away by music and not books today…

Tell me I am not the only one being deeply touched by some random song! Does music affect you in your every day life? What are your favorite songs and what for?

Thanks for reading!

Sophie

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7 Replies to “I would leave the Light on by Tom Walker. Why does this song affect me so much? Or other music in general?”

  1. Sophie, I totally understand how they affect you! I’ve always had a strong love of music as well, and it’s played a very important role for me and my past. Songs have actually come to hit me harder and harder these days, as my kids are getting older and facing more mature situations. Lovely post, and I guarantee you are not alone! Chin up & have a great day! xoxo

  2. I LOVE his Sophie…songs are just mini stories and like books, they help me say things or feel things that I otherwise have a hard time expressing! I love your choices and I hope that your week gets better! xoxo

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Thank you TRisy! I’m so happy you enjoyed this post. And things will get better eventually 😉

  3. Awww you have such great taste in music Sophie! Pink, Nickleback! GAH!!! And so many to try! Isn’t it amazing how music brings so much emotion to the surface and connects us to the experiences in our life?! I can’t live without it! ❤️

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      OOOOh a fellow music fan! I’m so happy to learn this Dani! And yes I think music plays on our memories and generate strong feelings!

  4. I hope you’re doing better! Some new songs for me to listen to this afternoon. 🙂 hugs xoxo

    1. BewareOfTheReader says: Reply

      Oh I’m resilient so I will get better! Specially that’s out of my chest now 😉 Thank you jay!

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