“… And you don’t let it trouble your brain, cause away goes trouble down the drain…..Last night a DJ saved my life. There’s not a problem that I can’t fix ‘Cause I can do it in the mix…” – Indeep, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
Studies have been done to decide whether or not music therapy is helpful to people diagnosed with bipolar disorder; and by music therapy, I mean incorporating some aspect of music into your life; whether its playing an instrument, writing music, or just listening to music. The scientific results have been mixed, however my research showed that individuals with bipolar have turned to music quite frequently to manage their moods. Some use it to cheer themselves up while some use it to relate to the mood they are currently in. Regardless of how they use the music, they are still getting in touch with their creative side and using their skills to relate their own emotions to the songs they hear.
I have always been a fan of music. My father played guitar growing up and was in a band, so he always made sure that there was music around the house. My mom had signed me up for band so I learned to read music and play a few instruments, and I was even taking dance lessons and learning to feel the music and express it with movement as well. So when I got older, and started feeling depressed, naturally I turned to music. Over and over my Jewel CD blared from my room until my parents and siblings threatened to crack it in half! (To this day, if my brother or dad hear Foolish Games on the radio the radio shuts off faster that anything I have ever seen!!! haha) The words of the songs touched me so deeply because they expressed the same things I was feeling, but in a nice melody and nice package, as opposed to the scattered thoughts in my own head. Through positive and negative events in my life, I have found songs that have related to me and those songs have made me feel less alone. There are also the songs that have such great memories attached to them that upon hearing them, I have to jump up and start dancing and regardless of my mood, those songs will make me laugh and smile in an instant.
So then I got to thinking about how awesome it has been to be part of Ask A Bipolar and with it rolling into it’s 2nd year, I tried to think of something that would add more to site. Not that the site isn’t amazeballs anyway, but something to make it even better! Thats when I thought about how much music has been a part of my life and impacted my moods and figured if I felt that way about music, surely others did too. I mean, who doesn’t love to hear a fun song when they are down and want to be cheered up, or a song about sadness when feeling sad so you don’t feel so alone? I thought of the lyrics from “Last night a DJ Saved My Life” and suddenly, the light bulb went on and I got the brilliant idea that Ask A Bipolar should have a “DJ”!!!!! That is how we could make the site EVEN better! Lets add music!!!!!!
SO, here’s how its going to work. We will post one song a day (starting first on the Facebook page, then adding to the website). There may be a brief explanation on why the song is chosen, but NOW, not only will there be a daily post, but there will be a daily song too!
I have a feeling this is going to be a great next year!!!!