We listen to music to experience feelings, to listen to words put together in interesting ways, to let the beat go through us. It is poetry and dynamic sound. How does music help us to live our lives though? It lets us know that someone out there has felt the same. It allows us to experience unity with a simple recording. In this way, it is integral to the way we cope with adversity, loss, love, and fear.
Coming to terms with a transgender identity is hard to cope with, and there are no songs dealing directly with that topic, that I know of anyway, but other songs can encompass that trial as well, if somewhat more indirectly. Some songs just alleviate the confusion and the stress, at least for a while. So it is important to realize music can help to keep the loneliness and isolation of circumstances at bay.
Here is a list of some songs that have helped me through: Swim by Jack’s Mannequin, Born This Way by Lady Gaga, What Do You Want From Me by Rehab, Don’t Do Sadness/Blue Wind from the Spring Awakening Soundtrack, A Place in This World by Taylor Swift, Reasons Why by Nickel Creek, All I Have by The Rocket Summer, and Straw Dog and Watch the Sky by Something Corporate.
That’s just a list of songs I have listened to that always make me feel better and not quite so alone sometimes. What songs help you through on a day-to-day basis?
Keep in mind that music is just something that can help you get through. Talking to friends or finding other kinds of support is important when confronting your identity, especially if it is something with which you are truly struggling. Also keep in mind that if you have any questions you would like me to address, you can post them on the article or you can message me.