How I Got Out of My Music Funk

How I Got Out of My Music Funk

There is only one thing that seems to Alvvays work.

my photos

I've been in a music stand still for the last few weeks. I stopped listening to Christmas music because Christmas came and went as fast as any other day, but not listening to Christmas music left me wanting and needing more. It had taken up my days and brought me nothing but joy. However, it's silly to keep on listening to Christmas music after Christmas, right?

Music is not something anyone should be without. Music connects people in unmeasurable and indescribable ways to others that they have never met and may have nothing in common with, except the music. I don't know if this is even making any sense, but the point is that music is everything. It's an outlet to inner emotions and a way to relate to others. Music brings everything good and simple and true in the world together. I would be nothing without it. So, you can imagine how lost I felt the days following the holidays, I felt deprived of the one thing that keeps my life together, even though it was still at my finger tips. I kept on clicking on Spotify, desperately searching for music that inspired me. But my trusty favorites came up lacking and I had no idea why. Had I lost that sense of place within them? Did I simply not relate to them anymore? Did I change? Did the music change? No. That was the same. Of course. It felt different. I no longer felt that undeniable connection with people I've never met. And for that, I felt alone.

I tried everything. I listened to BØRNS, Marina and The Diamonds, Zella Day, Lorde, Taylor Swift, HAIM, Mazzy Star, and many more, but none of them seemed to feel the void. It perplexed me because those artists have never disappointed me before. I know that one day they will be there for me again. They have to be. I refuse to believe those artists are merely a phase. They are more than that to me. I know it, but why didn't they fully cleanse my soul?

I still don't know the answer to that.

Then just a week ago, I realized there was something I hadn't tried yet. There were people I had left out of my attempt to bring back my love for music. Those people are the members of Alvvays.

Alvvays has gotten me out of my soul destroying music slump in the best way possible. There is something that Alvvays has that was missing in the other artists, and I don't know what that is. What I do know is that it is powerful. Ever since I started listening to them again, I have felt practically ready for anything (well, as much as someone can be in this day and age).

I know I've gone on and on about them before, but please, if you take one thing away from this article, let it be that this band is so much more than five people. Their lyrics and original, whimsical sound are like short stories running through my head. All I want to do is just jump into them.

Alvvays has this strange way of putting the smallest, most mundane scenes in life into words that make them intricate and full of meaning. There is a quote from the greatest movie of all time, Begin Again, that encapsulates the music that Alvvays creates. One of my favorite quotes reads "That's what I love about music...One of the most banal scenes is suddenly infested with so much meaning. All these banalities. They're suddenly turned into these beautiful, effervescent pearls." To be honest, I may have used this quote to describe music before, but I need to use it again. And again. And again. Anything to get that point across. Because that quotation is music, actually no all art forms, in a nut shell. And we would be no where without it.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

For a long time, Goya has been a staple in some Latino households. People carry around jars of Adobo when they eat at friend's houses and packets of Sazón Goya can be found in almost everyone's pantry. Many BuzzFeed lists, videos, and memes aimed at Latinos reference Goya somewhere.

But in a year that just keeps hitting us with bad news, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue said that Trump was an "incredible builder" and that the US was "blessed" to have him as president at a White House event on Thursday.

Keep Reading... Show less

Raven Baxter Was Our Favorite Teen Fashion Icon And We're Still Recreating Her Best Looks, Here

We take a look at Disney's most fashion-forward show to recreate some iconic looks.

Disney Plus

I grew up in the early 2000s. And, like any child at the time, I was hooked on Disney Channel shows. My favorite was and is "That's So Raven."

Raven is a teenage psychic navigating life in hopes of not revealing her powers. Only her family and close friends know she has them. Her powers oftentimes get her in trouble, which is where the comedy comes in. But, they also teach her and her friends sentimental life lessons.

Keep Reading... Show less

Sobriety is so underrated, even when it comes to healthcare. The instant gratification of a substance or drink isn't exactly as gratifying as some people may think. For those of you who've never been hungover, consider yourself lucky — a hangover is biologically horrifying. A hangover is not instant gratification, so who are we kidding when people say "it just feels good." Being healthy actually feels good and won't hurt you or your bank account in the morning. The best way to be healthy is to choose sobriety.

Keep Reading... Show less

Ah, yes. The juice cleanse. Yet another popular diet trend that promises to magically solve all of your health, nutrition, and weight issues.

When you take a close look, juice cleanses aren't as magical as they are made out to be, and in fact, they might do more harm than good.

Keep Reading... Show less

Unauthorized Plastic Surgery Is Totally Unethical, And Happening WAY More Often Than We Know ‬

Plastic surgery for cosmetic enhancements has you looking more botched than beautiful and it’s painful to see.

Coming from someone who could afford numerous cosmetic enhancing procedures I would never in a million years cut up my face or my body. I'm pretty emphatic and when I watch these brainwashed victims with bandages and chronic inflammation (swollen lips) I literally feel their pain.

Keep Reading... Show less

I've never been big on casual wear or athleisure. Most people who know me have never seen me in sweats. But, I do have those two or three pairs of sweats I can't resist climbing into the second I get home, the newest addition of which is the extra cozy Odyssey crewneck sweatshirt I got in an XL size to feel as close to being wrapped in a blanket at all times as possible.

In the past several months, I've started to expand my horizons, considering the ways in which I can bring my small wardrobe of comfortable bedroom clothing into the public. I've experimented with topping leggings and a sports bra with a denim jacket to the park, and an oversized sweatshirt worn as a dress, cinched at the waist with a belt when I'm out wearing leggings.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Dress Like Your Favorite 'Insecure' Characters — Without Spending $2,000

We take a look at the fashion of Insecure season 4, and how you can create these looks yourself.


Insecure is one of my favorite shows ever. It really encapsulates what it's like being a Black 20-something, trying to navigate the many ups and downs of life. Issa, Molly, Kelli, and Tiffany are living their best lives in California while dealing with the twists and turns that come with that.

From life to relationships to careers, this show truly captures everything that runs through my mind on a daily basis. The show has a sense of realness and a strong frankness that makes you gravitate toward the characters and root for their success.

Keep Reading... Show less

Making A Food Instagram Was The Greatest Silver Lining To Come Out Of My COVID-19 Experience

With the crazy and scary times that 2020 has brought, find comfort in the one thing everyone loves: food.

The waiter briskly moves towards us and stops just a foot away table, balancing the black serving tray stacked high with the ceramic plates that make-up our dinner. From memorization, he beings gently, but purposely, sliding everyone's orders in front of them and within seconds I'm am starring my meal.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments