“When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Isn’t that what they say? Well, I’ll tell you whoever said that didn’t fully appreciate or comprehend the amount of fcuks life can throw at a person. When Lucifer’s got his eye on you, you will not have the best days. It’s been a rough couple of months for some of us. I’ve been dealing with some really sh!tty lemons since the start of 2016. And then because Satan has a crappy sense of humor, he threw in a few more sh!tty lemons into the nightmare jambalaya that was now my life, making me the most buggered son in the history of all creation.
I found myself literally on the floor begging the fallen bastard to just go ahead and kill me because I was ready to be done with this thank you very much. And then without even realizing it, I found myself smiling a little more again. The reason, I-kid-you-not, was music. With over 500 songs on my phone, I got tired of moping and decided to take a listen to some of my old favorites. It’s so much cheaper and better than sitting on a shrink’s couch. I always loved guitar solos. They always bring a smile to my face, or rather a grin, and I’m the badass of air-guitar. Seriously God Bless Jimi Hendrix!
I started with Eddie Van Halen’s face-melting riffs in Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It,’ and then Eric Clapton’s ‘Wonderful,’ Prime Circle’s ‘Let It Go,’ No doubt’s ‘It’s My Life,’ Richie Valen’s ‘Labamba,’ Prince’s ‘Purple Rain,’ George Michael’s ‘Faith,’ Leletti Khumalo’s ‘Vuma Dlozi Lami’ which has this traditional Zulu lick that always brings a smile to my face, and don’t you dare laugh Bon Jovi’s ‘In These Arms.’ And then I went into Hip Hop, the commercial sing-along stuff; T.I.’s ‘Like I do,’ ‘Live Your Life,’ ‘Get Back Up,’ 50 Cent’s ‘Get Up’ and don’t you dare laugh again ‘In Da Club,’ Drake’s ‘Headlines,’ Lil Wayne’s ‘How To Love,’ Tupac’s ‘Ride or Die,’ and then back to the guitar riffs again because nothing beats that.
What I’m saying here is music is bringing me out of a cold and dark place, and I’m very grateful for it. Sometimes when life gives you lemons, you flip life the finger and put on some music. Because I’ll tell you it’s either that or jail ‘cause I definitely would have killed a bastard, or a shrink’s couch. Something I never quite got about psychology, how are you to heal a wound if you keep poking at it? Different strokes for different folks I guess. But as Bob Marley once said; “One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain!”
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