6th August 2019 at 11:00 pm #85191EggshellsParticipant
Hi all, I’d like to put together a playlist of songs that will inspire and lift spirits. I’d like songs that are about a new and better life, empowerment etc. Songs such as Nina Simone’s New Life or Shania Twain’s Black eyes, blue tears. Songs that will really mean something to survivors. Any suggestions gratefully received. I’ve got a few ideas I can add and I’ll post as I remember them.
Looking forward to hearing your suggestions. xx
7th August 2019 at 1:00 am #85198White RoseParticipant
I’m still standing – Elton John. Just read these lyrics. Great to sing aloud (the louder the better I find 😀) , preferably while dancing round the kitchen when you’re meant to be washing up but feel rebellious! I have many empowering songs on my playlists but this one always gets me grounded when I find myself pondering the past and feeling self doubt and self loathing for what I let happen to me. Unlike sone of the other songs this NEVER makes me cry and ALWAYS makes me smile!!
You could never know what it’s like
Your blood like winter freezes just like ice
And there’s a cold lonely light that shines from you
You’ll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use
And did you think this fool could never win
Well look at me, I’m coming back again
I got a taste of love in a simple way
And if you need to know while I’m still standing you just fade away
Don’t you know I’m still standing better than I ever did
Looking like a true survivor, feeling like a little kid
I’m still standing after all this time
Picking up the pieces of my life without you on my mind
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
I’m still standing yeah yeah yeah
Once I never could hope to win
You starting down the road leaving me again
The threats you made were meant to cut me down
And if our love was just a circus you’d be a clown by now…
7th August 2019 at 11:05 am #85204
I love music, it is the nourishment for my soul, I have it on all the time when I’m inside.
I love podcasts too. I love sound really 😃
Anyhow, here are few empowering songs which I find lift the spirit and are inspirational 🎶🎵
‘I will survive’ from Gloria Gaynor this song choice was posted by a strong someone here and since then find it embodies most perfectly our stories and is the most empowering survivor song of all.
‘You don’t own me’ by Lesley Gore. I love this song! It says it all. You don’t own me! And I am free, yes absolutely.
‘Read all about it, Part III’ by Emily Sandé. Song about oppression in general and emphasizes on encouraging voicing out your story and showing you don’t need to do it alone, someone is always there to help you regain your voice and validating your experience.
‘Jar of Hearts’ by Christina Perri, describes her abusive ex’s hoover attempts but she is no fool and sees his game for what it is.
‘Like a drug’ by Hard-FI, song about trauma bonding, recognising the damaging effect of his relationship with her but unable to leave and comparing their bond to a drug addiction, her sucking the life out of him.
‘Just be’ by Tiësto, song to empower yourself about being just the way you are right here, right now, even after having being hurt and lost.
‘Felling good’ by Nina Simone or Muse, I enjoy either version, an uplifting song to begin a new life and feeling good about it.
7th August 2019 at 12:06 pm #85212AlwaysSorryParticipant
My music taste is all over the place, for me it’s all about the lyrics, and some of the lyrics in Halsey’s “Nightmare” really struck me; ‘I don’t owe you a godd**n thing’ and ‘I’m tired and angry but somebody should be’.
Mona “Shooting the Moon” – ‘All that you tried to deny, all of your velvet tongued lies, will get you back, so watch your back it’s coming soon’
PVRIS “My House” – Just the entire lyrics, be too much to type out here.
Janet Jackson “What About” – Entire lyrics.
Pendulum “The Tempest”, “Witchcraft” and “Crush”. The video for “Crush” is very triggering for me still.
Fall Out Boy “Champion” – ‘If I can live through this, I can do anything”.
The Offspring “You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid” – ‘Slowly out of line and drifting closer in your sights, so play it out I’m wide awake, it’s a scene about me. There’s something in your way and now someone is gonna pay and if you can’t get what you want, well, it’s all because of me’
Halestorm “I Am The Fire” – ‘I promise to myself, me an no one else. I am more than this. I am the fire’
One song that cheers me up is Electric Six “Danger! High Voltage” just because it’s utterly silly.
7th August 2019 at 12:15 pm #85215[email protected]Participant
dont laugh but when my daughter was upset during custody (she had to go we played) dont worry be happy for her it really helped!! xx
7th August 2019 at 12:50 pm #85232TiffanyParticipant
Sorry – Karine Polwart
Fighter – Christina Aguilera
Roar – Katy Perry
Cowboy Casanova – Carrie Underwood
Writing Stories – Miss Montreal
Alive – Sia
Praying – Kesha
Set Fire to the Rain – Adele
Unstoppable – Sia
7th August 2019 at 1:28 pm #85240FudgecakeParticipant
Strong – Mark Kingswood
Heard this one for first time yesterday.
It’s my new anthem 🏆
8th August 2019 at 3:43 pm #85311EggshellsParticipant
Fantastic. Thank you all for your suggestions. xx
8th August 2019 at 5:25 pm #85313KIP.Participant
Tomorrow by The Communards
RESPECT by Aretha Franklin x
10th August 2019 at 7:06 pm #85454
i want to thank you KIP for posting Respect from Aretha Franklin, it opened up a whole new kind of music I am listening to now, from her to Stevie Wonder, The Contours all the rock’n’roll blues soul, all wonderful uplifting songs 🎶🎵👍
One more from Aretha Franklin “Think “
A feminist anthem, telling the story of Franklin standing up to her abusive husband 💪💃
10th August 2019 at 7:21 pm #85455KIP.Participant
No probs. My niece said she saw me in my high heels and rain coat carrying my costa coffee looking like a totally different woman. She said that song was playing in her car as I walked along and it made her smile. I like to play that song and that image comes to mind. I never wore heels and always looked towards the ground, not making eye contact. Music has helped me very much. He even dictated what we would listen to. Good riddance to bead rubbish. Turn that volume up and dance your legs off lol x
10th August 2019 at 7:55 pm #85458HunkyDoryParticipant
Always Sorry – I love pendulum, reminds me of my festival days. I watched the Crush video – wow that’s powerful. Some great suggestions here, I’m currently immersing myself in the music of my best years (and more to com) northern soul and jazz funk. Loud, very loud! Music is my sanctuary. What a great idea eggshells, maybe you could publish the playlist on Spotify or YouTube! XX
10th August 2019 at 10:11 pm #85471
That’s a wonderful visual, symbolising feminine confidence, how very beautiful and strong, I don’t dare yet to walk with such confidence, your niece is lucky to have such great role model in her life – as are we all on here too, so blessed 😌
Absolutely, volume is always up and shaking the hips and bits to the beats 😆🎵
If you search for Respect (from Aretha Franklin) on Spotify then just let it roll to the next song, it plays radio Respect filled with a whole bunch of powerful soul songs.
25th August 2019 at 11:42 pm #86474AlwaysSorryParticipant
Tool – “Fear Inoculum”
26th August 2019 at 12:05 am #86479EbonyRavenParticipant
Carry On by Fun
26th August 2019 at 1:22 pm #86500
“Without Him” by Lucy May Walker
a singer who is raising awareness about Domestic Abuse for Women’s Aid, specifically emotional abuse in her song.
Her video is brilliant too, shedding light on the controlling but including the pleasant sides of the relationship as well.
26th August 2019 at 2:00 pm #86501
Amazing percussion play on Fear Inoculum, it was pure joy to listen to this artfully composed piece of music! Loved the lyrics too. thx for sharing AlwaysSorry.
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