The author shares some videos that together make a bitchin’ soundtrack for those who wrestle with mental illness and addiction. The first four cover the darkness. The next four cover the light.
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a devoted fan of hard rock and metal music [See How Metal Saved Me]. I’ve found that the music helps me to release whatever negative thoughts I may have at the time. And so I thought I’d share some with a little help from Youtube.
Just don’t play ’em all at once, as the space-time continuum that binds the universe together might rupture, killing us all.
1. Cheap Trick: Woke Up With A Monster.
I love this band, and since we are often the monster we awake to, it’s entirely appropriate:
2. Sixx A.M.: Girl With Golden Eyes
This entire album — a soundtrack to Nikki Sixx’s book “The Heroin Diaries,” is perfect for folks like us. I like this song because it’s the part of the story where the addict really starts to hit bottom. And as we all know, hitting bottom is the first step in recovery:
3. Nine Inch Nails: Gave Up
This song speaks to the hopelessness we often feel. And in an unrelated but interesting aside, this video was shot at the residence of Sharon Tate and Roman Polanski, where Tate and four others were murdered by the Manson Family in 1969 (NIN’s “Broken” and “Downward Spiral” albums were recorded in the house, which Trent Reznor converted into a studio):
4. Metallica: The Unnamed Feeling
The video is pretty self-explanatory:
5. Sixx A.M.: Life is Beautiful
As Sixx says at the end, “When you’ve lost it all, that’s when you realize that life is beautiful.”
6. The Decemberists: Sons and Daughters
I love this song because it really nails the feeling you get when the black cloud finally lifts:
7. Avett Brothers: The Battle of Love and Hate
We all struggle internally with love and hate, and this song ends with Hate realizing that maybe — just maybe — he was being an idiot. Love, meanwhile, is patient and kind throughout:
8. P.O.D.: Alive
This song was big shortly after 9-11-01. It resonated with those who were starting to come out of the shock and despair of the attacks, at least in the sense that people came to appreciate their own lives a little more than before: