Arthritis & Music

Music– My Drug Choice for Rheumatoid Arthritis (part 2)

Summer Arthritis Playlist (Part 2) 

12. Willy Moon – Get Up (What You Need)
13. MS MR – Time of My Life 
14. The Mighty Fall – Fall Out Boy
15. Elliphant “down on life”
16. Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling
17. Moon Trance – Lindsey Stirling
18. Get Lucky – Daft Punk
19. My Body – Young the Giant
20. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - 40 Day Dream
21. Chvrches – Gun
22. Fleetwood Foxes-white winter hymnal

11. Queens of the Stone Age – Fairweather Friends
Although this was taken off of youtube…I often wonder what life would be like without RA. Perhaps in my after life or in another life I won’t have RA. When that time comes, I am going to play hard. One day when we’re far away from everything that hurts, drink and screw is all we’ll do, every day.

12. Willy Moon – Get Up (What You Need)
No one in this life is going to live your life for you. Sometimes, it is hard to get out of bed. Put a flare up on top of that and it’s even harder. The truth is, though, that no one can do the work for you. It is you who has to get up and get movin’!

13. MS MR – Time of My Life 
There are many things that bring us temporary comfort or happiness during emotional or painful experiences. Sometimes, life, itself, is not enough to bring us happiness and we rely on other sources. Unfortunately, addiction is a huge problem for the human race, especially those with medical conditions. It could be food, sex, and/ or narcotics.

14. Fall Out Boy - The Mighty Fall
Quite honestly, this song reminds me of the good old times in San Francisco. I visited my sister, Ashley, there before my summer excursion in Portland, Oregon and found that this song was one of her favorites. There is nothing like driving down the freeway looking out the window at all of the beautiful city lights and homes perched on the hills while listening to her and her roommate belching the words to this song. It felt so surreal.

15. Elliphant – “down on life”
Sometimes you just need to get away from everything or just get the weight off your shoulders by telling someone else. I can relate to this song.

16. Lindsey Stirling - Crystallize
Basically, Lindsey is the backbone to a lot of my work, both blog related and school. She always captures the mood and I could listen to her music on repeat because it is all different and since there are no lyrics, I can interpret the music to fit my mood. Somehow, after a day of working with her music on, I accomplish a lot and am amazingly happy. She calms me down and motivates me through her talents. Please check out her other videos for the same inspiration.

17. Lindsey Stirling - Moon Trance
No matter how dead you are, you can get up and dance to this and lift your spirits.

18. Daft Punk - Get Lucky
This is pretty much our song at work (the bagel shop). It’s funky and fun and youthful. Who doesn’t want to get lucky and feel high?

19. Young the Giant - My body 
My body tells me, “no; I won’t quit cause I want more” of a drug that I make a drug… A drug is a drug is a drug. Anything can be addictive. This song makes me think of going out and partying and knowing how great it feels, but also understanding the damage that comes along with the choices I’m making in that moment. It’s almost like my liver has a conscience of its own and makes me feel guilty for treating it poorly at times.

20. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - 40 Day Dream
This song is just such a good feel song. I like the oh’s and the ah’s. I feel like the positive energy and excitement is contagious and makes me want to sing and dance.

21. Chvrches – Gun
This song reminds me of my second Rheumatologist, the one I despised for almost ten years. He was never enough and always too much at the same time. If he didn’t like what I was doing, what I was not taking, or what damage I was inflicting upon myself, he would reprimand me with the approval of my parents. When he didn’t give me the news I wanted to hear or the options I thought were best at the time, I would get so mad at him. I resented him for years.

This song embraces those feelings of my adolescence in the doctors office and the anticipation I felt knowing I would have to go against a team of three parents, one being my doctor. It reminds me that I spoke to him so nastily.  I resented him for so long until I went to visit other Rheumatologists in the south. He became another member of my family, helping parent me and letting me know I was making poor choices. I hated him for telling me that I had Arthritis and that I couldn’t make my own decisions.

22. Fleetwood Foxes - white winter hymnal
After writing about that last song, Gun by the Chvrches, I am forced to calm down. This is one of my favorite songs and I usually listen to it on repeat. It is simple and consistent and uplifting. Life with a chronic illness is everything but consistent. It’s like a roller coaster, but you can never see in front of you. Music helps me find the consistency I need.





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