Hootie & The Blowfish, Group Therapy Tour

For my fifteenth birthday, I asked my parents for concert tickets to see Hootie & The Blowfish. They were playing at the 9:30 Club in D.C., and I wanted to so badly to see them perform. At the time, I had no clue the club was a 21+ only venue, so my parents had actually gotten the tickets, but I wasn’t able to attend. They ended up selling them and buying tickets to another concert for my birthday.

The other concert was for Green Day, the American Idiot Tour. The concert was great, one that I will always remember, but there was a very specific reason I wanted to see Hootie & The Blowfish.

As a teen, we all go through emotional times as our hormones run rampant. We are finding out who we are during that age, and sometimes, life just felt hard. Whenever I would go through a drama filled, high school day, I would go home and blast my music. It would help me release the mixed up emotions in my mind and heart, and find peace to sleep soundly at night. So long as I had my music, I was able to release the stressors of the day and just feel better.

One song in particular always felt cathartic.

Let Her Cry by Hootie & The Blowfish

I’d play this four minute, twelve second song on repeat for the really tough days I felt twisted within myself. Darius Rucker would sing those beautiful lyrics over and over again until I was able to digest the events of the day and erase their negative impact on me. This one song helped me through my toughest teenage years, reminding me that it’s ok not to be ok before it was a common saying.

Now, fifteen years later, I finally got to go to the concert of my teenage dreams!

Barenaked Ladies opened the show. They were entertaining with all their greatest hits, clever quips, and party atmosphere. They were a great preshow! I don’t think I have ever laughed that hard at a concert before! Nice and “lubed up”, as they band said they wanted the crowd to be for the headliners.

Finally, Hootie & The Blowfish came out! They started with their hottest hits, even threw in a few of Darius’s country hits, but when they got to Let Her Cry, I was brought back to being 15 again. I swayed and sang at the top of my lungs the lyrics I know so well. It was an emotional moment as Darius sang the words directly to my soul!

As the final notes were played on that beautiful song, I felt renewed. The power of great music, and specifically that song for me, smoothed out my emotions and allowed me to feel free! It was an amazing experience!

Fifteen years in the making, and I finally made it to see and hear Hootie & The Blowfish sing Let Her Cry. What a night! What a memory!

When all else fails, sing-a-long!

My husband will probably laugh at me when he reads this, but when music just isn’t hitting me right, I resort to musicals. But not just any musicals.

I want the songs that you can sing at the top of you lungs, know every word by heart, and feel deep inside the power behind each word. I want the classics like Sound of Music and Singing in the Rain. I want the new popular wave like Greatest Showman and Rent. I’ll even take animated movie soundtracks like Frozen and Moana.

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It may sound silly, but sometimes the familiarity and ties back to the movie, play, or original signer/actor just gives me more feels than the latest popular musician ever could. Sometimes the emotions these songs produce are more genuine than the music playing from the radio by a musician I would have to Google in order to know what they look like.

Between my daughter and I, I think we have sang every word of every song to the Greatest Showman soundtrack a hundred times. It isn’t unheard of in our house to belt out “Never Enough!” randomly as we walk around the house. Something I know my husband loves to hear! If only life were a musical.

What is your go to Playlist?

Help! I am in need of a playlist that fits all moods. I use Spotify, and haven’t found one that really speaks to me yet. What is yours? Share you station, and tell me what makes you feel good. I’m running out of ideas, which is silly since there are millions, if not trillions of songs.

Hit me with your best shot! (Please don’t include that song in your playlist. It’s just not a good vibe for me.)spotify-logo-primary-horizontal-dark-background-rgb-0

Without Him by Christina Grimmie

I am in love with this song right now. I know I said that like a week ago about I won’t give up by Jason Mraz, but this song is really just hitting my feels this week. Call me fickle, but it’s just fitting my mood, I guess.

I have talked for years about a Muse bringing me inspiration in many different forms. From fellow authors, poets, movies, and music, my Muse tickles me through various avenues. My current project I am working on is about a college age student who is experiencing a life she only dreamed of, but ends up unfolding into something she could have never imagined. Vague enough for you?

Well, as a romance writer, you know there is a love interest. He wants the girl, but believes she deserves more. This is where this song is coming into play I think. Our heroine can’t imagine life without him and wants only him, but there are so many outside forces and antagonists playing against them, they have to fight for their love. Christina Grimmie is really speaking to my Muse, and for that, I thank her wherever she peacefully is now.tragedia-halara-lottek-a-fiatal-enekesnot-christina-grimmie-t-06110145

This young woman was so talented. Her voice was beautiful, and her music actually holds more meaning than basic materialistic mindsets. She was close to her family and sweet to her fans. Christina Grimmie is sorely missed, but her music is still inspiring me today. For that, again I say, thank you.

Without Him by Christinia Grimmie

I Won’t Give Up by Jason Mraz

16153993This song has been stuck in my head all day! I’m not sure why, maybe I heard it on the radio or in a store during Valentine’s day, but for whatever reason, I can’t stop singing it.

When I look into your eyes
It’s like watching the night sky
Or a beautiful sunrise
Well, there’s so much they hold
And just like them old stars
I see that you’ve come so far
To be right where you are
How old is your soul?

I’ve read where some look to make a deeper meaning of the song, and if that’s what you need to connect whatever dots in your mind need connecting then have at it. I, on the other hand, take it on the very literal sense. My logical brain at work again.

Well, I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

Just those few lines designated as chorus hit me deep in my soul. I think I have said it before in a previous post (Find The One Who Will Lift You Up), life and love isn’t always pretty. It’s a messy, fumbling state of being chosen by two people. It’s harsh and demanding and at times completely overwhelming.

And when you’re needing your space
To do some navigating
I’ll be here patiently waiting
To see what you find

But it’s in those moments of hardship the choice these two individuals made to give their everything to try and be together tests their commitment. It’s in those moments of trial and tribulation that the very decision they made is second guessed and every flaw is exposed in the very foundation of the relationship.

‘Cause even the stars they burn
Some even fall to the earth
We’ve got a lot to learn
God knows we’re worth it
No, I won’t give up

It is also in these moments that another choice is brought to light, another fork in the road must be examined. Do these people continue to hold on to their original commitment and fight to remain together, or do they give in to the pressure closing in on them? Do the choose each other or choose to go on without the other?

I don’t wanna be someone who walks away so easily
I’m here to stay and make the difference that I can make
Our differences they do a lot to teach us how to use
The tools and gifts we got, yeah, we got a lot at stake
And in the end, you’re still my friend at least we did intend
For us to work we didn’t break, we didn’t burn
We had to learn how to bend without the world caving in
I had to learn what I’ve got, and what I’m not, and who I am

It is only after the choice is made again to see the relationship through, to continue to fight for the love you promised to give, to not give up on just the other person involved in this promise, but to not give up on the collective you, the encompassing us, does that love continue to grow.

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up, I’m still looking up.

It is the next step after renewing the promise that counts the most.prove that you are giving all of your love, all of yourself to your significant other. Prove to not only just the other person, but to yourself as well that you are and always will be even if the skies get rough.

Well, I won’t give up on us (no I’m not giving up)
God knows I’m tough enough (I am tough, I am loved)
We’ve got a lot to learn (we’re alive, we are loved)
God knows we’re worth it (and we’re worth it)

Because God knows we’re worth it. God knows that our love is worth it.

I won’t give up on us
Even if the skies get rough
I’m giving you all my love
I’m still looking up

And continue to move forward together through every storm. Continue to choose each other and never hang your head in defeat. Give all of yourself to your commitment of love, and, God knows, it’s worth it.

I won’t give up by Jason Mraz