5 Music Videos to Help You Feel Just A Little Bit Better
A YouTube Playlist of Music Videos to Uplift Your Mood and Make You Smile
Some mornings, I wake up to the faucet in my eyes running on overflow.
Who even turned that on?
Now, personally, my "faucet" mornings exist on a spectrum. Some days, the tears are merely a nuisance, an anomaly; other days they demand to be felt right down to the very place they came from.
On those mornings that my tears are more annoying than devastating, I often find that the best solution is simply a distraction.
Even when I tell myself that my "Happy Playlist" won't work, I begrudgingly click on it anyways.
I keep this playlist filled with upbeat music videos that I can't help but dance or sing along to. This is my way of "tricking" my brain and body into a moment of happiness that eventually snowballs into the real thing.
Fake it 'til you make it, right?
This method won't work for everyone, and it may not work every time - but I find comfort in knowing that I have this playlist for when I need a ready-made distraction.
There is just something about a good music video that brings magic to my dark mood.
Music videos give listeners a taste of how the musician interprets their own song; where music is the blank canvas, music videos are vibrant strokes of paint.
"Get it Right" by Diplo (feat. MØ)
Sometimes the message is simple: sing these words and feel them in your bones. You can do this.
When I watch MØ break out in dance, I remember that my body is meant to do more than be still. I am allowed to break out in dance, be silly, and most importantly: I am allowed to believe in myself.
At the end of the day, we are all human beings with flaws and fumbling emotions; we are singing these songs together.
Music videos are conversations between the musician and their audience.
"Uma Thurman" by Fall Out Boy
The music video for Uma Thurman is, in a way, an homage from Fall Out Boy to their fans. The video is filled with tons of inside jokes, references, and goofy moments that remind their audience of just how long we've all been rocking out together.
Music has the ability to make a community out of complete strangers, no matter how far they are from each other in the world.
When I'm sitting alone in my bedroom or at my desk, I belt the lyrics and think of just how many people are singing along, too.
"EAT" by Tobe Nwigwe
When you watch the music video for Tobe Nwigwe's, EAT you can't help but feel the hard work, genius, and absolute celebration of a truly dedicated artist.
The energy that Tobe, his wife, Fat, and producer, Nell, emit throughout the music video is a celebration of community, perseverance, and success.
Tobe mentions in many interviews that he could not have created his art alone - he emphasizes that this success is also the success of Fat, Nell, and the rest of his team and family.
"Vampire" by Dominic Fike
Music is a vehicle for storytelling - our own lived stories, the stories that we might live one day, as well as, the stories that we may not embody ourselves.
When you take the time to watch an artist's music video, you are taking the time to witness one more piece of the story.
The chances are, the more you watch an artist's music videos, the more pieces of that artist's story - or even your own - you end up discovering.
Art is an immersive experience - it requires you to strip down and dive below the surface in order to find the hidden gems.
"Think About Things" by Daði Freyr (Daði & Gagnamagnið)
Think About Things is a music video that never fails to bring a smile to my face. A good friend from a high school drama class sent me this music video, recently.
When I watch Daði Freyr, I can't help but think of that high school drama classroom. I think of all the quirky, creative, silly, and talented kids that grew up to be awesome adults - as in, they continue to bring awe into this world.
I watch the music video for Think About Things and I am reminded of all the wonderful people in my life who are willing to break out into dance alongside me.
Photographed: my beautiful friend from a University Drama class as she breaks out in dance. 💗
When I watch these music videos, I know that I am surrounded by a community; a feeling; an existence that is larger than myself or the moment I feel trapped in.
Every person's "Happy Playlist" will look different. Music has a unique impact on each individual, as will music videos. Different images, scenes, and details will connect with each person in unique ways. Music has the ability to move us to or from tears, and that in itself is a kind of powerful connection.
What music videos would you add to your own "Happy Playlist?"
To watch both of the full "Stop Crying, Em" and "Start Crying, Em" playlists, click here or on the link above. I hope that these personal and ever-growing playlists can bring you a little moment of joy.
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