Wednesday, April 20, 2016

I Love It Loud

A friend of mine experienced a very unfortunate loss this week. We were discussing such things, comparing notes on coping strategies and the like, when another friend suggested, “Have him give you a list of some metal songs to take your mind off things.” We both laughed, but it was an idea. One of the things we do talk about fairly often is music and, while my tastes tend to go a bit louder than those of my friend, we’re both all over the place, and we both do understand the power of music. Sometimes you need to face your demons, but sometimes you just need to drive them away for a little while. Personally, when I need the demons to shut up for a bit (or when I just don’t want to hear them right now, which amounts to almost the same thing, effectively), I prefer to crank it up to 11, rip off the dial, and drown them in a tsunami of sound. The trick is to remember to surf that wave and come out stronger from the adrenaline rush on the other side.

It’s also important to remember, as with all such things, that one tool is not the tool box. Each of us must find our own ways of confronting and continuing through such situations, and the more tools you know how to use, the more likely it is that you will have the right tool when you need it. Don’t be afraid to borrow either. I’m opening my tool box here so that you can use what you need, or just get an idea of what to add to your own tools, if that works better for you. In the end, “We’re all just walking each other home,” (Ram Dass) and it’s a better walk with company than without. As long as we are living together in this great mass called society, we are usually either helping each other up or dragging each other down. I choose to put my emphasis on the former, and so, here we are. We help each other out because none of us can carry the burden alone.

I actually did put together a starter list for my friend, and I thought you might appreciate it as well. This is just a small sample, but you get the idea. These options will definitely not be for everyone, but perhaps they’ll inspire you to make your own list. If they do, I would live to hear about it.

5FDP - Under and Over It
"Did you hear the one about me trying to die?
Fist in the air and a finger to the sky."

5FDP - Jekyll and Hyde
"Supposed to be happy, but I'm only getting colder
Wear a smile on my face, but there's a demon inside"

Slipknot - The Devil In I
"You'll realize I'm not your Devil
I'm not your Devil anymore"

Slipknot - Psychosocial
"Sinking in, getting smaller again
I'm done! It has begun! I'm not the only one!"

Disturbed - Voices
"Wake up, are you alive
Will you listen to me"

Disturbed - The Vengeful One
"As I survey the chaos, taking in the lack of raw humanity
It's as if the entire world's fallen in love with their insanity"

Shinedown - Sound of Madness
"I created the sound of madness, wrote the book on pain
Somehow I'm still here to explain"

Shinedown - Cut the Cord
"Cause agony brings no reward
For one more hit and one last score
Don't be a casualty, cut the cord"

Queensryche - Speak
"Speak to me the pain you feel
Speak the word
The word is all of us"

Queensryche - Screaming In Digital
"I'll teach you to laugh and to cry
They're really the same you'll see"

Savatage - Hall of the Mountain King
"Madness reigns
In the Hall of the Mountain King"

Savatage - Jesus Saves
"So the dice were cast
Today became the past"

Not exactly a part of this list, but I did use the song title for the headline, and I am a fan, so definitely warrants honorable mention:

KISS - I Love It Loud
"Turn it up, this is my attitude, take it or leave it yeah"

As always, all music and art belongs to the artists, so make sure you check out their pages for more great examples. Enjoy!

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