I asked what my friends(on Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat) would like me to blog about, and the majority of the responses were about music. Some people asked me what music I like, others asked why I love music so much, and a few people asked specifically why I love Twenty One Pilots. I’m going to try to cover all three of the requested in this one blog, so BARE(haha) with me!
Alright, let’s start with the easiest one! I like almost every genre of music, but I love pop, contemporary, worship, and just so many more! I would say some of my favorite bands/artists are Twenty One Pilots, Johnny Cash, Vesperteen, Linkin Park, AJR, Rend Collective, Jon Bellion, Skillet, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, Paramore, Sia, and Ed Sheeran. That’s only a few of my favorites and I’m sure I forgot some. Since I am an individual person I obviously don’t agree with every topic these artists or bands talk about. In my opinion, you can like someone’s music without agreeing with all of the lyrics or beliefs of them. There are songs I don’t like by these musicians, and songs I love, but it’s all based on my own beliefs and morals.
The next most popular topic people asked me about is why I love music so much. I believe music is a beautiful thing. Music can reflect our thoughts, feelings, and culture. Music has helped me realize I’m not alone in struggles or really anything. Music can create communities and help people get to know each other. I believe God gave us music to enjoy, but also to worship Him through. He’s definitely used more “worldly” or “non-Christian” bands and artists to help me through tough times. God doesn’t have limitations of what He can use to help us(within reason and healthiness of course!). Music is such a powerful and helpful thing that I am so thankful for.
As anyone can tell from my clothing, jewelry, posters, or even way of speaking(ahem, many song lyrics used in conversations), I love Twenty One Pilots. Many people think it’s just me being a weird, nerdy fangirl, but it is so much more than that. A lot of my friends, family, and followers know that I’ve struggled with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, self harm, and other hardships these past few years. My aunt brought my sister, my sister’s friend, and I to a Twenty One Pilots concert one night. I hadn’t really listened to much of their music, but I wanted to experience another concert because I love concerts. At the time I was at one of my worst periods of my life. I felt alone, worthless, and just hated myself a lot. We got to the concert and I was excited because I wanted to have fun and be able to distract myself from my problems for a few hours. Fortunately, I had fun. Also fortunately, I wasn’t distracted from my problems. In fact, my problems were shoved in my face and I was forced to acknowledge the fact that I needed help. Twenty One Pilots have lyrics that Tyler Joseph(the singer/songwriter of the band) wrote when he was feeling the same way I was feeling at that time in my life. His lyrics showed me that I’m not alone, there is hope, and it’s okay to have feelings and thoughts that I might not see others experience. At the end of the every concert, Tyler Joseph says “stay alive”. He sometimes varies it at shows but always involves the “stay alive”. At the concert I went to, he said, “stay alive everybody, it’s worth it”. As a very suicidal, depressed, hopeless person, what he said gave me the hope I had been looking for. I got home and knew I could never end my life because I am here for a reason. I looked up the lyrics to all of their songs over the next few weeks and fell in love with the lyrics. These lyrics got me through my darkest moments and continue to help me with my depression and anxiety. I believe God did this all on purpose. He got me to go to that concert to help me find hope. He used this band to save me and keep me alive because He is not done with me. My life is not my own, and I am alive for Him and only because of His provision.
I want to clarify that I give all the credit to God with this. He is the One who saved me and is saving me. He may have used the band to help me see that, but God still gets all the glory in this. My relationship with God is more important to me than loving a band, and balance is obviously very necessary. I love God. I love Twenty One Pilots. But most of all, I love that God has always provided for me and given me hope when I thought it was lost forever.
Music is a very important thing to me and I believe it is a way that I’ve felt most connected to God.
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