They Said It Better Than I Ever Could...

These words that I write, they keep me from total insanity. -Charles Bukowski

Who is the happier man, he who has braved the storm of life and lived, or he who has stayed securely on shore and merely existed? -Dr. Hunter S. Thompson

Jul 25, 2012

The Healing Power of Death Metal....

Have you ever had one of those days? One of those days where you just couldn't get out of first gear. One of those days where you were stuck in slow motion. One of those days where it was like you were walking through molasses.

Of course you have, we've all had them.

I found the cure.

Killswitch Engage

Now for those of you with no clue what the hell I'm talking about, here's a song by Killswitch:

Now we could argue about labels, I suppose there are some out there who wouldn't classify this as death metal, but you know what? This is my blog, so fuck you only my definitions matter and I say this is death metal.

Regardless of what you think of the music, that's irrelevant. What matters is that you recognize the energy. If you can listen to this music and not have your pulse quicken, then I'm going to venture a guess and say that you don't have a pulse.

So maybe it was fate, maybe karma was looking out for me, maybe some little green leprechaun who lives in my iPod decided that it was time to snap me out of the funk I had been in. And he played Killswitch Engage and I came to life.

I swear I could feel my blood pumping through my veins, I felt my plaque start flowing again. The haze of weariness lifted off of me and I got to work. Not like I solved the mystery of cold fusion or anything. I just went home, cleaned the house, cooked, cleaned my guns, did some grocery shopping,moved some furniture around, wrote a post about "Accidents of Birth", read my book, washed my ass, did some homework and went to sleep. After playing the tackling dummy for goon squad practice at work. I got more done in one afternoon/evening than I had all week up to that point.

I'm not saying all this to brag, I'm saying it because one song, one song got the engine running again. One song, took me from (forgive me for dis) zero to hero, one song brought me back to life.

It amazed me. How could it not? 4 minutes of pure musical energy pumped enough motivation into me to propel me through an entire evening. Don't get me wrong, I hit repeat a few times to give me a little shot here and there, but it worked.

So the question is this, does anybody know how music can have that kind of power over us, and what music moves you? And which way does it move you? I wanna know.

Plus, check THIS out. They are using music to heal disabled veterans. Now I freaked out mildly because I thought up the title to this post prior to finding that article, and I see they beat me to it...word for word.

I'm curious, what's on your playlist when you get in that funk? What music motivates you? What gets your plaque flowing?

Later, I love you Mom...


  1. Killswitch Engage is lot better than my stuff,
    Nike Boots-Wales, Nike 10K Mix, Barroom Hero-Dropkick Murphys, We Are The Champions-Queen, The Best-Tina Turner, Blaze of Glory-Jon Bon Jovi, Don't Stop Believen-Journey, Movie Rocky,

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  3. I can't clean my house without music and haven't since HS, music moves me. I may be 48 years old but I still listen to Disturbed, Godsmack, Pantera and the like. I do however have to switch to mellow music to chill out after a cleaning frenzy.BTW I removed the first comment because I wanted to let you know I've read your blog since you were training to go to Afghanistan. You are an awesome writer. Thank you for sharing your words with us.