humanity

Humanity topics include pieces on the real lives of music professionals, amateurs, inspiring students, celebrities, lifestyle influencers, and general feel good human stories in the music sphere.

  • Nicholas Rivera
    Published about a month ago
    Silly Love Songs Story

    Silly Love Songs Story

    My name is Nick Rivera & This is My Silly Love Songs story started back when I was born on February 5th,1985 at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. My Mother named, Alice was taking good care of Me and sang Me a song that touched Me. It's more than just an ordinary lullaby song. She started Singing to Me the 1976 song, "Silly Love Songs", by Paul McCartney from the Beatles. That song reminded Me of how much My Mother loves Me unconditionally. Rather I was in a crib or changing My diapers, My Mother is getting to know Me and I'm the oldest son that's very special with Creativity and Talent. That part of "Silly Love Songs" lyrics gave Me goosebumps. That is, "Love doesn't come in a minute Sometimes it doesn't come at all I only know that when I'm in it. It isn't silly, love isn't silly, love isn't silly at all".I knew that when love takes time to get to know each other, There will be love coming soon, very soon. My Mother is an amazing person that gave birth to Me back on February 5th,1985.I'm so happy with My life to introduce to the World with love and compassion. When I was 4 years old, I moved to Hialeah, Florida with My Mother, My Uncle, My Grandmother, and My Grandfather. Not only I first started to talk, but I also started Singing, "Silly Love Songs" that My Mother sang to Me back when I was a baby. That song was stuck in My head and I still remembered that Silly Love Songs by Paul McCartney from The Beatles. Rather I was in school or at home, I started to like that song with Memories and Loving excitement. When I was 5 years old, My Mother and My Father named, Frank got divorced. My Mother first started dating My Stepfather named, Greg. That's when My Stepfather started raising Me back when I was 5 years old. When I first started Elementary School, I was in Kindergarten.I go to Bunche Park Elementary School in Miami, Florida. When I was in Art class at Bunche Park Elementary School, I drew pictures of buildings, Houses, Trees, and Carnivals.Also when I was in Music classes, I started singing songs and playing musical instruments, which is so much fun and I participated in Music class that made me feel happy. Music is in My blood. The worse part of Bunche Park Elementary School is Mrs. Sonja McCloud. She is the meanest Teacher ever in that Elementary School.I felt very hurtful. That's when I had to tell My Mother and My Stepfather about what Mrs. McCloud did to me in her class.Mrs. McCloud is not a nice teacher andthat's when I spoke to the Principal named Mrs. Hess of Bunche Park Elementary School about what happened to Mrs. McCloud.The Principal, Mrs. Hess moved Me to another class.The Principal had fired Mrs. McCloud. So I moved to another class and another teacher named, Ms. Donna Tompkins. She is such an amazing teacher. Then years later after I left Bunche Park Elementary School, I and My family moved to Sunrise, Florida in Broward County. When I was in 5th grade, I started attending Meadowbrook Elementary School in Plantation, Florida.I was in a classroom with Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Diane.I really enjoyed this School very much.I had not had a problem with teachers, other students, and staff members there.I graduated from Meadowbrook Elementary School and then I moved up to 6th grade in Middle School. My Mother registered Me to go to Westpine Middle School in Sunrise, Florida.I attended that school and being in Middle School is the worst experience I have ever dealt with. Other students have bullied Me and started a fight with Me.I still had that song, "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney from the Beatles stuck in My head.I had to tell other students and teachers about what love is all about and they understood that "Silly Love Songs" is the best song not only it can change My life, but also it changes other lives as well. I met lots of friends there and I had a favorite teacher in Westpine Middle School, Mrs. Goldschine.I was the best student ever in Mrs. Goldschine's Language arts class.I got an honor reward certificate and I felt really good about it. After Westpine Middle School Drama that's ups and downs for 2 school years. My Mother, My Stepfather,& I moved to another house in Sunrise, Florida back in 1998. My Mother registered Me to go to Bair Middle School in 8th grade. That Middle School is a lot better than Westpine Middle School.I had not got a problem with Bair.I met a lot of friends at Bair Middle School and the teachers are so amazing and very nice.I had a class with Mrs. Lynn and Mrs. Massey.I was in Art class with Mrs. Cogen and I love that class and that Art teacher.I entered an Art Contest and I won the most Creativity ever, I told other students and teachers about what love is and "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney from the Beatles.I sang that song and they really enjoyed it. After I graduated from Bair Middle School, I'm off to Piper High School in Sunrise, Florida.I was in 9th grade started going to that High School. It's a lot of fun and I met friends that they know me from Westpine and Bair Middle Schools and other students that I don't even know.I made lots and lots of friends and I was very popular back in High School. I was very popular I told almost everyone in Piper High School about "Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney from the Beatles and that My Mother sang that song to Me when I was a baby.I sang that song and everyone in My High School loves my performance.I even won the first-ever Reading Rap Contest back in 2002 when I was in 11th grade at Piper High School.I was in Homecoming court and I was voted the friendliest with Julie Fronczak. On June 11, 2003, I graduated High School. The years went by and I was getting older and older until today."Silly Love Songs" was still stuck in my head and I still remember this song by Paul McCartney from the Beatles."Silly Love Songs" was still stuck in My head. My Mother was so proud of Me about remembering when I was a baby a long time ago and My Mother sang to Me that song."Silly Love Songs" by Paul McCartney from the Beatles is very very important to Me and that saved My life and My future. Without My Mother Sang "Silly Love songs" then I would not be here to be the best person that I wanted to be and for My brighter future."Silly Love Song" by Paul McCartney changes My life and changes everyone's lives forever.
  • Melissa Hevenor The Psychic In Your Pocket
    Published about a month ago
    Bury A Friend By Billie A Song Of Armor Against Cancer

    Bury A Friend By Billie A Song Of Armor Against Cancer

    Two months after reaching my fifth year fighting this monster that lives inside of me known as cancer for the second time, I was playing music to drown out the sounds of the IV pumping fluids and antibiotics into my veins, the hustle and bustle of conversations at the near by nurses station and the occasional hollar of some disgruntled patient in the distance. Feeling unmoved by the playlists I had created to help keep me motivated and upbeat when I found myself in the trenches at the hospital, trying to get a handle on the latest infection or whatever other havoc the monster within was causing my body. I decided to listen to a “New Hits”station I found. Moments later, a tribal beat began playing through my headphones that seemed to connect to my heart and bring it back to life slowly in combination with lyrics that also expressed feelings I felt yet unwilling up until that point to acknowledge. I heard the song “Bury A Friend” by Billie Eilish for the first time. The lyrics “What do you want from me? Why don’t you run from me? What do you know?” All questions I had asked myself indirectly to my cancer thinking of it as it’s own entity that had taken up an unwelcomed or wanted residency in my body. To my amusement ironically the title of the entire album and subsequently part of the hook to “ Bury A Friend” was “When we all fall asleep where do we go?” This line seemed particularly poignant because doctors had repeatedly talked about how important it was to get enough sleep because it is during sleep the body truly heals. Often making me wonder, if that’s the case, why can’t they just put me in a constant state of sleep so I don’t have to feel the pain as my body endures the treatments? If only, I could sleep through it. What was this unconscious mysterious space known as sleep? Does my physical body go there or just my spiritual body or both? Only a few phrases later “I wanna I wanna I wanna end me bury a friend I wanna end me” It was the first time that I found a way to express wanting this all to end, not wanting to end my life but wanting the suffering to end, wanting the battle to end wanting the need to fight to end, wanting to end the person I’d become. I could no longer recognized myself this post-diagnosis anxious shell of myself, worried about waking up the next day and feeling worse than the day before, worried about if I was staying hydrated enough or what my numbers looked like or what any little change in my coloring or appearance meant. Before cancer I was laid-back and always thought that life had a way of working out. I never really worried about anything just did what I needed to do trusting fate and destiny with everything else. The worried person I’d become after cancer, I wanted to end that person. I wanted to bury that friend, that timid, check list making person trying to manage the unthinkable. To find myself able go back to being my carefree self with a greater appreciation of who I was before this time of warfare. The next lyrics “staple your tongue step on the glass” would resonate because at times I thought I would like to do anything to myself that might cause greater pain than the pain caused by treatment, that which was supposed to be making me better anything to create a lasting distraction. The song goes on to talk about believing that the monster could do something for you . In truth amidst all of this personal turmoil and struggle there are friends I have made and experiences I got to have, once-in-a-lifetime kind of things occur thanks to this living monster inside of me still, the cost was too much as the song lyrics dictate “I’m too expensive, probably something that shouldn’t be said out loud I thought I’d be dead by now”. As much as I want to live there’s always the reality of astronomical medical bills that won’t be completely covered by insurance and the possibility that after all of this fight, stuggle, and emotional turmoil, death could happen for me sooner than most people my age.
  • January Sunshine
    Published about a month ago
    Beyond A Rainbow
  • Kristin Porter
    Published about a month ago
    If you only had one shot to love -

    If you only had one shot to love -

    Have you EVER ... closed your eyes? When you close your eyes, do you ever daydream??? How about closing your eyes while listening to a song that is saying, “Hey you, yes YOU! I have something to tell YOU!?!
  • Georgina Smith
    Published about a month ago
    The Thorn

    The Thorn

    The universe speaks to all of us; for some; they are our heavy ghosts and our demons, for others it’s a lot less unsettling and things go more smoothly.
  • Esme Rose
    Published about a month ago
    The song that saved me.

    The song that saved me.

    As I gather my thoughts, and begin to formulate the story of how this song saved me, I filter through every second that lead me to listening to this song, I question whether to talk backwards and explain that before I heard this song I couldn't walk or whether to fast forward and talk about the first time I remember running again. I have it playing in the background as my fingertips hit the keyboard, I'm taken back to the first time this song dripped slowly into my mind, it's still a little foggy, but here goes.
  • Jordan C. Hunter
    Published about a month ago
    Krowcain

    Krowcain

    I made this song on my phone wheen I moved back in with my parents. They let me move in after I got out of jail and my friend got evicted. I lost my computer during that process and lost a lot of my songs. This song is about remembering who you are and how to get back even in the face of apparent opposition. The first verse is about me and my life circumstances. Despite how it may look to everyone else I have to remember who I am and continue in that air in order to achieve my greatness. This song outlines what I want in my relationships when we are alone. I want protection for my loved ones, and I want to be immune from the hurt of relationships while maintaining the ones I value.
  • Francesca Blewett
    Published about a month ago
    Fake Happy

    Fake Happy

    For a long time, I saw myself as fundamentally broken, or damaged in some way. I was this thing, that could play at being a whole person. When in reality I was half a human (maybe less). For most of that time I wore it on my sleeve, like a badge. A sign that I was different.
  • noodle dad
    Published about a month ago
    Finding the Beauty in a Spectacular Nothingness

    Finding the Beauty in a Spectacular Nothingness

    Riptide by Vance Joy had been my favorite song for almost two years straight. I’ve moved onto other music now, but I will always be in love with how none of the lyrics make any sense. It's like someone reached into a soul, scooped out a squirming handful of living images and scenes, and plopped them carefree onto an intimately simple three chord progression. I poured over that song for months, scouring every corner of the internet, searching desperately for a meaning inside that beautifully wild tangle of words and sounds, frantic and in awe of how a human brain could create something so simple, and yet so confusing - something that made absolutely no sense, but communicated with my confused youthful heart more intimately than any spoken word from mortal lips before. Living that song was a grand quest, you see, one that I know I was predestined to live, but one that has never had a clear destination. But, there was a magnificence in its flustered haze, and that magnificence is what I’d later fall in love with. Like searching for the moon in a night swollen with fog, trying desperately to find the beauty in the swell and swoon of a spectacular nothingness. I remember not so much the specifics of the scenes I lived, like what I was wearing, or what the date was. I just remember that feeling.
  • idrial
    Published about a month ago
    are you satisfied with an average life?

    are you satisfied with an average life?

    It was 2010. Placebo had just released some "new" album (likely Covers) and I noticed it was available on iTunes just when I needed it. I knew it was just a bunch of re-released bonus tracks, but its timeliness was satisfying. I was not doing well.
  • Amal Lad
    Published about a month ago
    Trust me... I'm a Doctor.

    Trust me... I'm a Doctor.

    Being a doctor has given me the opportunity to carry people through some of the hardest times in their lives. For a long time, I believed that for me to be good at my job I must portray a confident, superhuman exterior and handle any challenge thrown at me, after all, nobody wants to see a weak doctor. I always thought that showing my vulnerability can be a weakness so I suppressed my true emotion to the point where I made myself numb to anything real, losing that conversation I once had with my true inner self.
  • Cara Simone Sparks
    Published about a month ago
    Symphony of the Soul

    Symphony of the Soul

    It had been the worst day of my life. It seemed no one wanted to hire me. I sent my resume to every business on the block and did my daily rounds of the show my face to the hiring managers. It became a job to find a job and I was exhausted. I sent in over fifty applications and it was the same response every time.