Juan (jesuisjuan) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

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ONTD Original - Ten Songs to Lift You Up


I, too, have dealt with depression these past, three weeks, and I just want to offer some kind of support. I thought I would post some songs with meaning and provide some quotes, so you get the idea! Some songs may be spiritual/religious, while some are not. I just want to make it as inclusive for everyone to enjoy! I just want to acknowledge that these are definitely difficult times. For others and their circumstances, it may be even worse times. It is okay to not be okay. Hang in there. It is okay to grieve. For some, we may be grieving our loss of freedom, our loss of plans that were initially made, our loss to see loved ones (dead or alive), etc. You are all doing the best you can, whether you see it as big or small. This is not a competition. You're not alone. This really is universal.

I thought I would share and create a post of songs that have been lifting me up! I'm intentional with the music I am sharing because listening to sad music makes you sadder. Listening to happier music when feeling sad really does help you from feeling any worse (distress tolerance). Hope you all enjoy!

1. Mariah Carey - "Through the Rain"

I can make it through the rain
I can stand up once again on my own
And I know that I'm strong enough to mend
And every time I feel afraid I hold tighter to my faith
And I live one more day and I make it through the rain

2. Nelly Furtado - "Phoenix"

Like a phoenix
Rising from the ashes
Like a phoenix
Rising from the flame
You're gonna be alright
You're gonna be alright
You're gonna be alright again

3. Tori Kelly - "Before the Dawn"

What's a rose without a thorn?
What is calm without a storm?
I can't say I know what you're going through
I know you won't find peace without a war
The finest silk can still be torn
And it's always darkest right before the dawn
So keep your head up
Keep your head up
My love

4. Jennifer Lopez - "Feelin' So Good"

I'm feeling so good
I knew that I would
Been taking care of myself like I should
'Cause not one thing
Can bring me down
Nothing in this world's gonna turn me around

5. Mary J. Blige - "Just Fine (Treat 'Em Right Remix)"

Feels so good, when you're doing all the things that you want to do
Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
Keep your head up high
In yourself, believe in you, believe in me
Having a really good time, I'm not complaining
And I'm a still wear a smile if it raining
I got to enjoy myself regardless
I appreciate life, I'm so glad I got mine


6. Marc Anthony - "Vivir Mi Vida"

A veces llega la lluvia (Sometimes, the rain comes)
Para limpiar las heridas (To clean the wounds)
A veces solo una gota (Sometimes, just one raindrop)
Puede vencer la sequía (Can overcome a drought)
Y para qué llorar, pa' qué (Why cry? For what?)
Voy a vivir el momento (I will live in the moment)
Para entender el destino (To understand destiny)
Voy a escuchar en silencio (I will listen in silence)
Para encontrar el camino (To find the path)

7. Celia Cruz - "Ríe y Llora"

Ríe, llora (Laugh, cry)
Que a cada cual le llega su hora (Your time will come)
Ríe, llora (Laugh, cry)
Vive tu vida y gózala toda (Live your life and enjoy everything)

8. Madonna - "Ciao Bella"

Have you ever been to the land where you can find yourself?
Have you ever been to a place where you can rest yourself?
All the noise just disappears, rain will wash away the sadness
All our lives we work in vain, for a little touch of grace

9. Björk - "All Is Full of Love"

You'll be given love
You'll be taken care of
You'll be given love
You have to trust it

10. Andra Day - "Rise Up"

When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
We'll take it to its feet
And move mountains

Note: Please feel free to send love, hope, positivity, any form of support in this post! Share what's been making you feel good!

Another Note: Here are additional resources: 1, 2, 3, 4.
Tags: björk, black celebrities, covid-19, jennifer lopez, latino celebrities, madonna, mariah carey, nelly furtado, ontd original
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