There’s a band I discovered in college, and I’ve had their music cycling through pretty much every playlist I’ve made since then. Today, one of their songs came up.

Listening to it, I identified with the lyrics, the mood. In my darkest, most hopeless hours, I definitely feel that way. Luckily, those hours are becoming less common, but I still have them every once in a while.

Then the last phrase, the spoken one came up: “If you’re frightened of dying, you’re holding on. You see devils tearing your life away. But if you’ve made your peace, then the devils are really angels, freeing you from the earth.”

It made me wonder: Which way did Ian see it? If he saw it that way at all, I hope he saw the angels. I hope he had hope for something better. For relief, at least.

Music is so powerful; so expressive. Are there any songs that anyone out there identifies with? I’d love to hear about them.

Written 9/19/2014

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