“Chandelier”

I was just musing to myself about how I feel so uninspired by a lot of popular music today, including the same ol’ carbon copy music videos that go along with them.

And then I came across this song by Sia.

I’m totally floored.

I’m even more floored by 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler.  If your jaw isn’t touching the ground after watching this, you must tell me why not!!!

Music Therapy

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To me, it’s a no-brainer that music has always had the power to help people heal.

There’s so many pent up thoughts and emotions in people’s heads these days.  So many things we don’t feel comfortable saying or expressing because we’re afraid of how others might see us.

Music — whether we’re taking it in or the ones letting it out — takes the place of having to say the words we often feel can’t justify our experiences anyway.

Taking it to another level, music has even been used to treat certain diseases or disorders with its therapeutic benefits for people with Alzheimer’s, addiction, and depression.

For example, music therapy is said to “increase motivation for treatment in patients with substance-abuse disorders, improve decision-making skills and help prevent relapse.”

This might be done through certain music exercises that strengthen the part of the brain involved in decision-making, or by participating in a drumming circle as an alternative to verbal therapy.

Songwriting is also a way to help people process certain feelings — as is probably a lot of other art forms.  Of course, I can really relate to this.  Even if the song isn’t about my life, getting to channel certain emotions through my songwriting and singing can really be cathartic.

Life often seems to be a journey to freeing ourselves from our own minds.  If music can help you to get there, why not lean on it?!

So, has music helped YOU to heal?  And how?

~ Cafe

I Will Rise Out of the Fire

In the dark corner of my life
I hide in my shell
Escaping the stabs of your blade
But they still penetrate
Keep cutting me down.

Try to run, you won’t let me run
Pull me back into hell
Drowning fast into emptiness
I can’t see myself
You’re cutting me down.

But hold on, it’s not over yet
I will rescue what’s left
This crumpled heap of dreams
Will be rebuilt, redeemed
The fearful whisper that was my voice
Will echo loudly through the noise.

I will rise out of the fire
You can burn down alone
I am free
I’m finally free.

Your Daily Dose of Music

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Hey cafe goers,

Almost a year ago, I blogged that I’d be closing up shop.  I was feeling a bit uninspired, a little low on the creative juices.

One of my dear readers, Mayra Mejia, responded: “I feel that what you need to do is shift focus to music rather than give it up.  We can all use a daily dose of music.”

Well, those words never seemed to escape my mind.  It took a while, but I finally decided now’s the time to start fresh, renovate, and get the sign back up on the door.

I know not all of you signed up for this … a music blog.  To be honest, I don’t even know what I’ll be posting about.  But how about joining me on another adventure in the cafe?  We can figure it out together ;)

~ Cafe

My (Sort of) Last Blog Post on Your Daily Dose

Janice gravatarDear blogging friends,

I guess this may come as a surprise to many of you. But I’ve given it a lot of thought. And I have decided to make this my last blog post here on Your Daily Dose.

It has been an amazing journey since I opened up shop here about a year and a half ago. I can still remember when I used to only get two comments on a post. Now, there’s almost 600 bloggers subscribed (minus you blogging robots ;), plus anyone following through Facebook and Twitter. Over 35,000 page views. 5,500 comments (including my own, of course). It seems crazy to walk away from such amazing readership, but I really do believe that it is the right time for me.

You’re probably wondering: Why? Well, I think there are a few reasons. But the most important one is that I no longer feel that I can maintain this blog with the same consistency and drive that I’ve had in the past year and a half. And those are two things that are important to me, as a blogger. I would rather walk away on a high note than drag it out, sporadically popping in and out and not necessarily having the same level of inspiration and love for writing behind each and every post that I’ve always strived for. I am really sad at the thought of this being the end, but I want to just reflect on all of the great things that have come out of blogging here at Your Daily Dose.

It’s very apparent to me now that through this blogging experience, I’ve been blessed with the motivation to pursue my creative passions — especially music — and to be more fearless in going after the dreams I always thought were unreachable. I have all of you to thank for your constant encouragement, support, and words of motivation. Without your help, I wouldn’t have gained the confidence to keep going full speed ahead :)

I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for every time you dropped by the cafe to chat with me. Thank you to anyone who has read, liked, re-blogged, and/or commented on a post. Thank you to everyone who has been so thoughtful to pass on a blogging award this way. I feel truly honoured that you have shared your own personal stories, experiences, thoughts and advice here with me and others. I have been inspired and moved, and have learned so much from you all. It really has been all about creating a blogging community here for me, and you guys have helped make that happen.

I believe that this blog page will be up for another year (because that is when the domain name expires), but this post, my previous New Month Reflection post (that I hope will continue to motivate you guys!), and A Page Dedicated to My Readers will be the only things I leave up. I will be exporting everything else to another, private site, just to have as an archive. I will be closing my Facebook and Twitter pages in a day or two. I may still have my YouTube page, but I for sure will still be on SoundCloud where you can feel free to follow me and check out what’s going on in my songwriting journey. If I happen to create another site within the next year, I’ll be sure to update you guys here with a new post so that we might reconnect elsewhere in the world wide web (so don’t unsubscribe yet! :). Guess when I decide to close up shop, I really mean close it up!

But that doesn’t mean we won’t ever meet again! I hope to find time in the future to drop by many of your blogs, to say hi and see how you’re all doing. But in the meantime, I find comfort in knowing that you have an amazing blogging family around you that will continue to inspire you, cry and laugh with you, and cheer you on in this crazy thing called life :)

Again, it’s been an incredible experience and joy spending the time that I have with you all. I wish everyone the absolute best. Don’t ever stop dreaming big and going after your life goals. Always keep searching for ways to be inspired. And always remember what and who are truly the most important things in your life. Time is too precious and life is to short to waste on doing anything other than that.

Your friend,
Cafe <3

Update: I’ve been really touched reading all of your heart-felt comments so far and although I still plan to close the blog after the domain name expires, I will try to post an update on any new songs I write during the year for anyone who would rather follow here than through SoundCloud. Thank you to everyone who has made me and this blog feel truly special! xoxo