7.21 SOTD

It’s a very dark, somber Friday morning here. Oh, and it’s raining. Yeah, like we need more rain right now. Great for the flora, but we’ve had so much rain lately, it’s ridiculous! At least that means the temperature will cool down—not liking the humid, 90ºF temps we’ve been having this week.

I’ll be back later to discuss a topic near and dear to my heart, one that’s very serious. For now, here’s today’s song of the day.

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I thought it’d be super cliché to pick a Linkin Park song, but Sum 41’s “Pieces” is a good enough fit for the bill. I remember when this song was released and thinking it was one of the saddest songs I’ve ever heard, and the music video does an amazing job telling the story, as Deryck is basically wandering around seeming lost and like he doesn’t belong.

I follow quite a handful of band members on Twitter and Insta—majority of what I listen to is alternative music, so definitely a number of bands—and everyone’s words just hit home. This verse from the song really triggered everything Chester’s death reminded me of:

This place is so empty
My thoughts are so tempting
I don’t know how it got so bad
Sometimes it’s so crazy that nothing could save me
But it’s the only thing that I have

Give this song a listen, reflect, have a cry. It’s okay.

7.20 SOTD

Hello everybody! It’s been quite a somber day in the world of music, as Linkin Park’s frontman, Chester Bennington, has committed suicide. I’ve read so many wonderful tweets from band members about his influence and the topic, and it hit home for me. I’m debating on writing a lil’ something tomorrow in lieu of my “Happy Things” post because it hasn’t been a very happy past week for me.

Anyways, enough somberness. Here’s today’s song of the day.

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Delta Goodrem’s cover of The Darkness’ “I Believe in a Thing Called Love” is unreal. She strips it back to just a piano and her voice to expose the beauty of the song’s lyrics, which is heavily masked by the original flamboyance of crazy vocals and guitar riffs. Delta’s voice gives the song new life by bringing out its hauntingly romantic side. It’s simply STUNNING.

A fun fact: it’s her brother’s favorite song and she sang this version at his wedding.

You should definitely give this a listen. I promise Delta’s rendition will make you believe it isn’t the same song as the original. Sometimes when I listen to it, I can’t believe it. But that’s my two cents.

WRITING WEDNESDAY: Departures

First day back, and chose a Wednesday. You guys know what that means. Welcome to another Writing Wednesday, everyone! Hope you’re all doing great. I’m so glad to be back.

Today’s excerpt is from the next Therapy for Souls chapter, and it’s something I just started writing a couple days ago. I just posted a new chapter yesterday and it kicked off the Afterlife section of the story, so Parisa is now dead.

What I’m sharing today is literally the beginning of where the story picks up. Parisa has just died and she is kinda working through her memories and trying to make sense of her thoughts and feelings to the situation. I hope you guys enjoy, and I’ll see you next time! xx

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7.19 SOTD

Long time no see, everyone. I realize I’ve been MIA for the past week or so, which means I’ve been slacking loads on here. I’ve been coping with my issues and finally sought help for it. But I’m back now for your scheduled programming. Let’s kick off with today’s song of the day.

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Lena Meyer-Druit, known synonymously as Lena, won Eurovision back in 2010 with “Satellite”. I didn’t start watching until 2012, but I’ve starting digging into her music a few weeks ago, and I think she’s absolutely amazing.

Wild & Free” is one of my favorites, which is why I chose it for today’s song. It’s a powerful anthem about not giving up against all odds and just believing in yourself. It could be like, the German national football team’s anthem because it just has that vibe to it.

Y’all should give this song a listen. It’s empowering, the lyrics are so inspirational and positive, and the drums are everything. I also really love the lyrics for the breakdown.

 We are the lionheart
And we are not afraid
We can be a burning light
And we will never fade

Writing Wednesday: Bittersweet Goodbyes

It is mid-week. You know what that means: it’s #WritingWednesday! I had trouble deciding on what to share with you guys today because my mood has been all over the place. Therapy for Souls just reached 400 reads yesterday—I still can’t believe it—and I updated it two days ago. I thought an excerpt from that chapter would be a cop-out because it’s not exactly new if I’ve already posted it.

I wrote a few paragraphs of the next chapter yesterday and thought that would do it—that’s what I’ll share. I didn’t write much, but it was something.

I ultimately decided to NOT go with the latter just because I don’t want any spoilers ruined. All I can say is you know EXACTLY what will happen in that chapter once you read that opening paragraph.

So today, I have the last portion of the latest completed chapter. Basically, Parisa is sharing a somber parting moment with Kristian before he has to leave for Moscow. This happens in her dressing room a couple hours before her Parisian show and it’s…well, that last sentence says it all. I’m not spoiling anything by saying she does die in Paris since that’s mentioned in the prologue

Happy reading! I’d love to know your thoughts. I’ll see you Friday for a Happy Things post!

xoxo – F

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7.5 SOTD

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope you’ve all had a great 4th of July yesterday if you’re American. I managed to get a little (but not much) writing done for the next Therapy for Souls chapter. I’ll be sharing an excerpt from that for today’s #WritingWednesday. For now, here’s today’s song of the day.

 

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Nathan Trent represented Austria in Eurovision this year with the song “Running on Air.” It’s a great song and his vocals. Phwoar! They’re amazing! He recorded an Italian version of the song, but today’s SOTD is the Spanish version. And let me tell you, it’s got me feeling summer-y.

Aire” is very tropical and more upbeat than the original English (and Italian) version, perfect for the summer season. Honestly, it makes you feel like you’re on a Spanish beach, and I dig it loads.

You should definitely give this song a listen if you want some Spanish flavor to your summer beach party list. Or you know, just in general. You might as well check out the original and Italian version too. Regardless of which language Nathan tackles, he kills it.

7.4 SOTD

Happy Tuesday, and happy Independence Day to everyone else in America! Today is the day when everyone’s supposed to feel patriotic and whatnot since it’s America’s birthday. It’s also the day of barbecues and loud ass fireworks because you know, that’s totally acceptable. As long as there’s a reason for shooting colorful explosives in the air, right? Anyways, hope you have a safe 4th. Here’s today’s song of the day.

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Since it IS today, I had to pick Fall Out Boy’s “Fourth of July” for today’s song. It’s not patriotic or anything, but is there really another option? Nah. I don’t think so. Patriotic songs are great and all, but this is a jam that you can listen to any day of the year. It’s quite heavy on the rhythm section and Patrick’s vocals, but it slays just as all Fall Out Boy songs do.