I love A LOT of things, as I am sure we all do. I love God, good food, my niece and nephew, my family, good books, my friends, perfumes this list can go on and on but I am convinced that one of the greatest loves of my life is MUSIC!.. my relationship with music is something that I can definitely say I’ve always had. My earliest memories of music dates back to when I was about four or five. My dad had these records and he would play them on Saturday mornings and I would just sit there and listen for hours. The Beatles, Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Oliver De Coque, Patti Obasi and a host of others. I had no idea what these songs meant at the time but I listened and it cheered my tiny little heart up.
As I grew older, my love for music evolved and is still evolving. Honestly I cannot say I love any genre more than the other, if It sounds good to me? It’s a go. Music has always been there for me and there are some songs that I distinctly associate with certain events in my life. When I lost my Aunty Stella, I was devastated. Her death is without doubt one of the most painful things I have dealt with in my life and I turned to hymns for comfort because nothing else made sense and they somehow filled that gaping hole inside my heart. My favorite hymn from that period is “The Old Rugged Cross” I sang that hymn over and over again and every time I hear it, it tugs at my heartstrings. When I’m heartbroken or feeling really low, every song by Lemar becomes number one on my playlist, when I’m homesick, Ed Sheeran’s Supermarket Flowers is my go to song Because my brother made me fall in love with that song and when it’s time to do my makeup, cook or take a walk? frankly any upbeat Nigerian song will do.
My favorite music streaming app is Spotify and I cannot tell you how happy that app makes me, I have a playlist for all my moods and I add to them as time goes on
So every week, there’s always this one song I know I’ll play over and over again. Last week it was Remind Me To Forget by Miguel and Kygo and this week its Too Good At Goodbyes by Sam Smith. It just happens, there’s a always a song I’m stuck on.
Also for some reason I’ve been listening to my favorite Mariah Carey album; The Emancipation of Mimi. That was the soundtrack of my first year in the University. I know every word of every song on that album.
And my friends will testify to my Stylplus obsession!.. Their Expressions album will always be near and dear to my heart.
When it comes to my relationship with God, worship songs are a gift to me because they help express what mere words cannot say. Worship music has seen me through some dark places and there’s just something so soothing and deeply comforting about them and it’s like a balm to my soul, I can’t fall asleep if my worship isn’t playing..
Also, this a heartfelt shoutout to my friends that send me dope music to listen to. Every once in a while, they send me music they love and I end up loving them too. Y’all are the best!
There you have it guys. My past and present playlists and some of my all time favorites. Music is a revolving door for me, there is always something there for me, at my happiest or my lowest I can always count on music to save the day.
What’s on your playlist these days, have you ever heard music so pure it spread goosebumps on your skin and you just sit there awestruck ? Share with me.
“Where words fail, music speaks..” – Hans Christian Andersen.