Invariably, in anyone's life, there will come times of emergency or crisis. There will be moments when it feels like the world is falling apart around you and the walls are closing in. I know the feeling intimately. There's been more than one crisis in my life at 23, and I know damn well that there will be plenty more before I kick the proverbial bucket.
As I've gotten older, I've gotten marginally better at handling myself during a crisis. I'm still terrible at it, and collapse into a terrible panic pile more often than not, but in rare moments I manage to get my head together.
Sometimes it comes naturally. Most times, it doesn't. For those times I just put on some music to calm me down and to focus my mental energy to more productive places. Here's some songs I think everyone could use in a crisis.
Do You Feel It? - Chaos Chaos
I'll admit; the only reason I know about this song is because of Rick and Morty. If you know the scene I'm talking about, you can understand why I'd put it on the list here. The song accompanies one of the most powerful and poignant scenes I've ever seen on television, let alone in animation.
Are you afraid, when I look your way
It's easiest to stay at home
But then we taste it, we got to have it
We have no control
Where is the love, the kind we dream of
The kind that makes us young
The kind that makes us young
The song has that slow, drawn out feeling that can help to calm your racing thoughts down. It's not a song to cheer you up from your funk, but it's one that you can permissibly let yourself dwell on your feelings to. Dwelling is generally bad, but I'm no psychologist and sometimes I think it's okay to dwell. Cope the way you need to.
I'm Done Cryin' - Robert Cray
Good blues music is hard-found in the modern day. blues as a genre has begun to feel dated, where the most of the artists famous for their blues music have faded to time. B.B. King, Ray Charles, these are the names that jump to mind when thinking about blues. Robert Cray stands in opposition to that idea, bringing blues back to pop culture with Top 40 hits.
I am done crying
I 've got no more tears
You can't use me anymore
At least now I know where I stand
But you won't take away my dignity
Cause I am still a man
The song is full of heart-wrenching sentiment and emotional beauty. It's smoky and smooth and the guitar work is fantastic. This song will let you feel the sadness, the real blues of your crisis, but it'll also rally you, like any good blues song does.
The Green Fields of France - Dropkick Murphys
There have been many versions of this song since it was penned by Eric Bogle in 1976, under some different titles. Either it's 'The Green Fields of France' (how I've always known it), or 'No Man's Land' in the original and some of the renditions I've seen, or as 'Willie McBride' for some others. I have some mixed feelings about Dropkick Murphys, but I have to say that their version of this song is my favorite that I've heard to date. The song is an old ballad about the tragedy of WWI and the lives taken for nought.
And I can't help but wonder oh Willy McBride
Do all those who lie here know why they died
Did you really believe them when they told you the cause
Did you really believe that this war would end wars
Well the suffering, the sorrow, the glory, the shame
The killing and dying it was all done in vain
Oh Willy McBride it all happened again
And again, and again, and again, and again
This is another song that's a total bummer, but maybe one that can help provide you with perspective. As bad as things are for you, and they can get pretty bad, you still have your life. You're not 19 and fighting in a trench in France. Willie McBride may have died in vain, but you don't have to live that way.
Cubs in Five - The Mountain Goats
I can't know what your specific crisis might be. There's a million possibilities for a million people, and things can go sideways in any different number of ways. This is a song that is a great shit-kicker regardless, but it will probably fit most for crises that regard a sudden and calamitous ending to a relationship. People can hurt us as much as any injury, and this song is all about moving on past that person and knowing that you'll never be theirs to hurt again.
they're gonna find intelligent life up there on the moon
and the canterbury tales will shoot up to the top of the best seller list
and stay there for 27 weeks
and the chicago cubs will beat every team in the league
and the tampa bay bucs will make it the way to january
and i will love you again
i will love you, like i used to
It's basically taking the premise of 'when pigs fly' and applying it with different metaphors. All of these things will happen, and I will love you again. The Chicago Cubs haven't won a world series since 1908.