Happy Music

I was feeling kinda down earlier today.

Whine, whine, whine …

I’d missed two events yesterday I’d have liked to have gone to, because the latest medication I’m trying (in my effort to not have a face that randomly hurts half the time) makes me extra sleepy, so I couldn’t get up in time for the first, and I was so overwhelmingly tired I napped through the second.

Then this morning, I woke up to a glorious blue sky and sunshine – absolutely perfect for the bluebell morning a friend was putting on in her fabulous garden, which I was looking forward to a great deal – with a back in such pain I could barely move. At one point this morning, I stood up and nearly blacked out from the pain. I couldn’t really face being social while in that much pain, so I gave it a miss.

Yesterday and today both I’ve dealt with customer service workers who were ineffective at their jobs, always a thing which grates. Yesterday’s completely unexpected car repairs came out to quite a hefty amount, too, so that was certainly lingering.

But I decided around lunchtime that that was enough, and sought to turn my day around. I filed complaints about the service workers with their respective companies. I enjoyed the sunshine. I revelled in no longer being uncontrollably tired all the time (I started halving the dose last night). Chris had massaged my back, and it was doing a bit better. We swapped the mattresses to see if the guest bed mattress would do my back better.

Happy music! …

Making lunch helped me change gears, and then while eating it I browsed the latest videos from some of my favorite artists. Happily, Alex Boyé has just released a new one, and that really did the trick. The message he wrote in the Description section was really wonderful, and the song is so brilliant for that particular moment. I just have to share:

When my career seemed like it was going nowhere, a few moms and mom bloggers began sharing my videos, and my career was suddenly revitalized. YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE. DON’T STOP BLOGGING!!!!

I thought about sharing that, and then I thought, why not make a post collecting a few of my happy songs together? Peponi remains my favorite song and video of Alex Boyé’s:

Lindsey Stirling’s music also always picks me up. This is my favorite video of hers – when have you ever seen a violinist rock out? 🙂

Artie Hemphill is one of my new favorite country singers, and this is a fun song:

And last but certainly not least, no list of happy music could be complete without the song “Happy”!

Hope you enjoyed! 🙂

4 thoughts on “Happy Music

  1. Sorry to hear you are having so much pain. That can be quite debilitating. Hope you continue to feel better and determine the root cause.

    I LOVE piano music SO MUCH! Love watching their fingers dance on the keyboard. I listen to “Secret Garden” channel on Pandora. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks. Thankfully the mattress seems to have done the trick for my back – pain’s gone, now it can stay that way. The pills seem to be working for my face pain, so fingers crossed for that. Not sure we’ll ever find the root cause (already had an MRI, a CT scan, and three separate ENTs poke cameras up my nose), but so long as the answer isn’t, “We dunno, you’ll just have to suffer,” and is instead, “Let’s at least find some way to manage the pain,” I’m okay with that. Human bodies are so complex – we very rarely know why they do what they do.

      The Piano Guys put out some amazing videos – lovely to watch their fingers and hands dance on the piano and cello, but also the beautiful surroundings. See some here.

      We were blessed to go to a concert recently by the super-talented pianist Viv McLean; I can’t recommend his music highly enough. Here’s a video of him.

  2. SJ I’m so sorry you are having so much back and face pain. I truly hope the guest mattress continues to work for you!

    It was about two years ago that my back and leg pain got so bad that it was all I could do to pull myself upstairs with the hand rail at work to teach. Physical therapy, medications, etc weren’t of any help. Like you I had innumerable cat scans, MRIs, etc. before the insurance companies were convinced to let me have my surgery.

    I really enjoyed your music selections you attached. Lindsay is a very talented violinist and I liked Peponi too. BTW speaking of a rockin violinist, have you ever seen Charlie Daniels play “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”? This is a you tube video of an extended version he did when he was inducted to the Grand Ole Opry at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tnepPZChA5U
    I saw him also do this at the Horseshoe Riverdome a few years ago, as you would expect it brought down the house! Really hard to believe he’s well up into his 70s, he has so much energy!

    Like you I love watching people play the string instruments as well as pianos and organs.

    Hope you get to feeling better really soon SJ. Take care. Love Dad

    • I do love that song – thanks for that video! I’ll bet it’d be exhilarating to see him do his thing live, wow! 🙂

      Thanks, Dad. Thankfully all’s been well today. Fingers crossed!

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