Tweet In many posts here, I suppose I have flippantly dived into my personal life in an inconsequential way, picking out little details or observations to pad out my twitterings about music. I never spoke much about the more serious end of my personal life because other blogs can walk that emotional tightrope, and do that well. I believe that if I tried to walk that rope, I would fall face-first into a pit of navel-gazing mulch of no use to anyone coming here for a fix of MP3s and some random digressions. Also I get a bit embarrassed and feel like a sitting duck if I open up too much.
For one post only, however, I feel I should risk mentioning personal things in a wee bit more detail for two reasons. First, some of the regular readers here might have met me out and about the few times I ventured into town recently, and found me in odd form. Second, I want to provide a reason as to why I might not be posting up here as much as usual during the coming weeks. Without going into too many particulars, I have depression at the moment. This is why I am mostly at home in Kells. It's not something I am ashamed of, even though I think there is still a certain stigma associated with the illness in Ireland. It is affecting my life in different ways. Yet, I am on the path to wellbeing thanks to medicine and support. I would never want this to become a "depression" blog (even though, again, I am sure there are many good blogs out there dealing with that sort of thing). In fact that's entirely the opposite of what I typically do here. So I will only be writing when my humour and energy levels swing me into the comfort zone required for the usual ramblings.
My lovely girlfriend introduced me to a band called Galaxie 500 when we started going out 18 months ago. Some of their songs, and this one in particular, calm my mind when I feel troubled. It's that cathartic way that certain songs about being sad can paradoxically alleviate an upset head; simply because of their yearning beauty. Thanks for this LoLo and for everything else too!
Business as usual will hopefully return to the compost heap sooner rather than later.
MP3: Galaxie 500-Snowstorm