This is going to be my soapbox song, because so many people don’t seem to realize that LGBT+ people have the same relationship issues as non-LGBT+. They argue over who will cook, who will clean, whose job it is to walk the dog this time. They live, they laugh, they love, and sometimes…sometimes they cheat.
I finally sat down and listened to this song and watched the video. At one point, she writes “I think you’re super cute” in a note for the person bussing the tables, but really? The entire video is super cute. It captures that feeling of peeking around corners at the person you think is good looking, the shy smiles and ducked head, and just…everything about it. Oh, and the end? With the hands? MY HEART.
Frankly speaking, I’m NOT a fan of this song. His voice, the style of the song itself, etc., however…this song was also recorded and released in 1970, just one year after the Stonewall Riots, and was the subject of controversy due to its subject matter. Even now, it’s a tricky matter with arguers going back and forth whether it’s transphobic or a love story. I’m not sure where I see the transphobic side, but as a cisgender person, it’s not up to me to decide which one this is.
In 2016, 49 people were gunned down at The Pulse, a nightclub and gay bar in Orlando, Florida. Sia later released the video for her song, “The Greatest,” paying tribute to those who had their lives stolen from them. Starting with the hashtag, #WeAreYourChildren, and ending with a room full of dancers collapsed on the ground in front of a wall riddled with holes, the video is a stark reminder of the cost of hatred, ignorance, and intolerance. June 12th, 2020 will mark the 4 year anniversary of the tragedy.
This is the last week of Mental Health Awareness month, but unfortunately, the suffering for those with mental illnesses continues, as does the stigma, which arguably, does the most harm. Did you know 1 in 5 Americans will suffer from a mental illness in any given year? I know, thanks to Nikki’s efforts last year in opening up about her own struggles. The truly heartbreaking thing about this, is the knowledge that those “1 in 5” aren’t getting the help they need, and it’s only partly because the help isn’t there. The other part is the stigma. It stands to reason that, if we reduce the stigma, we might be able to increase the odds of a person getting help, and making that person’s life so much easier. I don’t know about you all, but it’s worth it to me.
Now, onto the main event. The final song for this month is by an Irish singer, Rosie Carney. I had never heard of her before this year, but apparently she is very open with her own struggles. Her calls for reducing the stigma surrounding mental illnesses is also echoed in her song, “Awake Me.”
Week three of Mental Health Awareness month and this is a song that always makes me cry. There are many celebrities who struggle with mental health issues. Some of them keep it to themselves, and some, like musicians Chester Bennington and Justin Furstenfeld, turned their struggles into art. You’ll see plenty of Chester and Linkin Park around here eventually, but for today, here’s “Hate Me” by Blue October.
For week two of Mental Health Awareness month, I’m bringing you more rock. Two very important people in my life suffer from anxiety, among other things, and the daily battle is real. This song by The Veer Union is all about fighting the “enemy” in your head “until the bitter end.”
May is Mental Health Awareness month and for the first song, I’d like to introduce you all to Gemini Syndrome. “Metal” music gets such a bad rap sometimes, but you’d be surprised how much meaning some of the songs pack in. “Remember We Die” packs in a plea for anyone struggling to keep holding on, as well as the reminder that there will be “plenty of time to see the other side,” so until then, “just let the light shine from your soul.”
For the last week of April, we’re going back to Child Abuse Awareness. Once again, I dipped into songs from way back in my country music phase. I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I listened to “Storm in the Heartland” (no judging!). “Enough is Enough” is less of a story, and more of a rallying cry in the fight against child abuse.