Mental health is a major theme in a lot of art today, particularly music. As our society continues to break down the stigma around talking about struggles, many public figures are sharing their experiences with issues like depression , anxiety and grief. For musicians, this conversation takes place not only in interviews, but in their songs as well. News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes. Newsletters Coupons. Follow Us. Part of HuffPost Wellness. All rights reserved.
Guido Mieth via Getty Images. Lead singer Danielle Haim described "Now I'm In It" as a song about "going through it" and opened up about her experience with depression. The title of this track is the phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and takes the perspective of someone contemplating suicide. In a interview with Genius, Logic spoke about the background for the song. You've saved my life. And they like tat shit on their arms and get shit like lyrics that save their life and in my mind, I was like, 'Man I wasn't even trying to save nobody's life.
I wasn't even trying to save your life. Now what can happen if I actually did? Reflecting on the period of his life when he wrote "Help! We all felt the same way. But looking back on it, John was always looking for help. He had [a paranoia] that people died when he was around: His father left home when John was 3, the uncle he lived with died later, then his mother died.
I think John's whole life was a cry for help. In a video about the making of her album "Colour the Small One," Sia described the song "Breathe Me" as a look at difficult emotional experiences like anxiety. Being overwhelmed by your own inner dialogue and having some sort of conniption fit and potentially doing yourself some harm, then asking for help," she said. Paramore has addressed mental health issues in many of their songs.
Adding shame to sadness is a pretty toxic cocktail. As the title suggests, Bastille's "Good Grief" is about loss and grieving and the many emotions that accompany that experience. There can be moments of huge highs and lows. It's just trying to find a route out the other end, and get some optimism and the contrast between euphoria and despair and trying to find a middle ground. Demi Lovato has said she felt very "emotionally attached" to her powerful ballad "Skyscraper," which speaks to the experience of facing difficult times and getting through it.
The singer, who is also a mental health advocate, released the song after spending time in a treatment facility for "emotional and physical issues," including an eating disorder. In a interview , she described the experience of recording "Skyscraper" before and after her treatment: "I was emotionally attached to the song and I really related to it, like a lot of other people.
It was before I went to treatment, before everything had kind of hit the fan. There was something in that first try, that first run through of the song that was kind of magical. I was crying when I recorded it, I was bawling my eyes out. Aaron Dessner of The National told Pitchfork in that "Light Years" was inspired by his experience with grief and loss.
Jay-Z's "Smile" covers a number of big topics like sexuality, being black in America and mental health. Notably, the song helps shatter the stigma around going to therapy, as he raps, "My therapist said I relapsed.
Every emotion is connected and it comes from somewhere. And just being aware of it. Being aware of it in everyday life puts you at such a Michaels shared some background on the song in a radio interview : "I was like, 'I think it'd be really awesome to have a song with two women on it that struggle with the same thing, that are talking about something other than two women fighting for a guy's attention, or something like that.
It's almost like a female empowerment song without it being a female empowerment song. Lead singer Rob Thomas said in a Genius interview that the lyrics of "Unwell" were inspired by personal struggles with insecurity and discomfort that even lead to panic attacks.
I was always very comfortable in small groups, and I was always very comfortable on a stage. And then never comfortable in the group," he said. That led me to having really crazy panic attacks and having to figure out a way to get all of that under control.
I was left with the reality I need to deal with how uncomfortable I am at all times, how unsure of myself I am, every word that comes out of my mouth, in every situation. Kurt Cobain said in a interview with Impact that "Pennyroyal Tea" is about dealing with severe depression and how it feels.
It's about anxiety and feeling like you can't get a full breath. It's like the worst feeling in the whole world. It's a song about that feeling I was having lots of [anxiety attacks]. We were in the studio, we were writing and I was like, 'Ugh I can't breathe. Voting Made Easy. Register now. Suggest a correction. Newsletter Sign Up. Successfully Subscribed!