S.o.t.S. Entry #4

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When I listen to music, I have two mindsets; either, “I can relate to this in regards to such-and-such,” or, “I like the music and for some odd, uncharacteristic reason I’m going to ignore the lyrics and not even try to find out why I like this song”. For the longest time, I’ve wondered about the latter mindset–what drives me to listen to certain songs? Why is it that, when I’m listening to a playlist loaded with songs I can relate to, I allow this song to remain?

Have you ever stopped to consider that maybe, just maybe… That song isn’t meant for you, but for someone close to you?

I know, it sounds preposterousif my friends or relatives have similar music tastes to me, then of course I would eventually come across a song that any one of them might find relatable. That’s a question of probabilities, I suppose…

Maybe I just hadn’t considered someone else’s feelings before. I mean, I had–just not realistically. It can be difficult to put yourself in someone else’s shoes.

One of my favorite things to do when someone mentions or sends me a link to a song they like, is to look up a lyric video for that specific song. The internet is vast, and since the dawn of YouTube we’ve been blessed with people who create lyric videos of their favorite songs. You can find a lyric video for almost any song nowadays…

I like to read the words as I hear them. I want to fully ingest every syllable being sung, because that song means something to someone. It is a thorough belief of mine that if humans as a whole paid more attention to the music their loved ones listened to, then we would better understand each other.

Oftentimes, I wish I had a nice enough singing voice so that I could express myself through song… Unfortunately, I’m tone deaf! Some people are just lucky, I guess.

Maybe they’re right. Maybe I need to be medicated…

Oh, well. Tomorrow will be better. Probably.

– Gina

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P. S. – I hope Darya is okay. 😟

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