My Love for Korean Pop – APink!

I love these types of posts because I get to share my love for Korean Pop. For as long as I can remember, when Girls Generation came of the scene, I have loved the Korean language expressed through music. I love ballads, and you can get plenty in the genre. This week I would like to share one of my favorite groups–APink! So here are some of my favorites!

Music That Changes my Mood

I love these types of posts because I get to share my love for Korean Pop. For as long as I can remember, when Girls Generation came of the scene, I have loved the Korean language expressed through music. I love ballads, and you can get plenty in the genre. This week I would like to share one of my favorite groups–APink! So here are some of my favorites!


[MV] Apink(에이핑크) _ NoNoNo
[MV] Apink(에이핑크) _ LUV
[MV] Apink(에이핑크) _ Remember(리멤버)
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Apink ‘Good Morning Baby’ M/V
[MV] Apink(에이핑크) _ The Wave(네가 손짓해주면)

I have many other songs but this is a great sample size. I hope you enjoy!

Always Keep Fighting

James

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The Best of Me

“You gave me the best of me, so you’ll give you the best of you,” are the lyrics to “Magic Shop” by Korean pop group BTS. I have been listening to this song over and over because I keep thinking about these words.

Sure, it’s not the most eloquent phrasing but I think that they are on to something here.

For ages we have all been told to give everything our best whether it’s academics, athletics, music, art, relationships, etc. That if we give anything our best effort we have a higher likelihood of succeeding.

During the many times I have sat and contemplated these lyrics, I understand it as we so often give the best of ourselves to others but have a harder time giving the best for ourselves.

I try to give my best to my family, boyfriend, pets and friends but when it comes to giving my best for me, that’s a different story. I know that eating well, exercising and having human interaction is good for me but I don’t always put in the effort. If I had a paradigm shift, I would try harder to do the things that are good for me so I could be at my very best.

If I gave my best for myself, what would my life look like? This is a question I have been focusing on, digging deep into it to find a possible answer.

I still don’t have an answer but during these weird times of social distancing and staying home basically all the damn time, I have time to really think about it. I also have the time to focus on giving myself the very best of me.

What do you think of these lyrics? Do you have a similar interpretation or not? Do you think you give yourself the best of you?

Please everyone be smart and safe!

Music That Changes My Mood – 2019 Edition

One of the things I loved about blogging is the ability to share my experiences and love for many different things with my followers. One of those things is my love for music. I can’t imagine a world without music, and I listen to music every day of my life. One of the things that started here on The Bipolar Writer Collaborative blog was the idea of sharing music that changes my mood. This is coming at a good time as a recent bout of depression and doubts have flooded my mind of late. So here are some music that changes my mood.

The Veronicas – When It All Falls Apart
On My Own – Les Miserables
Girls Generation – Every day Love
Sara Bareilles – Brave
Rachel Platten – Fight Song
Christina Perri – A Thousand Years
Avril Lavigne – Wish You Were Here
Avril Lavigne – Keep Holding On
Girls Generation – All My Love is for You
Luke Bryan – Play It Again
The Band Perry – If I Die Young
Anna Kendrick – Cups

Always Keep Fighting

James

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Music to Heal Yourself

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Open Heart Surgery


Music That Changes my Mood – PT. 21

It has been a while since I did one of these things. Music is a major part of my daily routine of dealing with my many issues with my mental illness. I have no idea what I would do without my music. Anyway, here is another edition of music that changes my mood.

Part 21 – Avril Edition

 I’m With You

Here’s to Never​ Growing Up

Sk8er Boi

My Happy Ending

Nobody’s Home

Don’t Tell Me

Complicated

When You’re Gone

Wish You Were Here

Keep Holding On

Losing Grip


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Music That Changes My Mood – Part 20

When you need someone is a common theme in this mental illness life. For today’s version of music that changes my mood, I decided to list songs that help me when it gets lonely in the struggle. Music is such an amazing force in my life, and it helps get through the loneliness of being an introvert. Here are some of my favorite songs in my lonely playlist.

Courage My Love – Need Someone

Paramore – My Heart

Flyleaf – There for You

Good Charlotte – Hold On

Taylor Swift – Clean (Cover by Kina Grannis)

Paramore – The Only Exception

The Veronicas – In Another Life

The Veronicas – When It All Falls Apart

When You’re Lonely

Avril Lavigne – I’m With You

Avril Lavigne – Nobody’s Home

All Time Low – Remembering Sunday

I hope you enjoy another edition this series. You can find the entire series here:  Favorite Music

Always Keep Fighting (AKF)

James

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Music That Changes my Mood Pt. 18

This week I am featuring somewhat of a repeat of a post I have done before on The Bipolar Writer– my obsession with Korean Pop group Girls Generation (I listen to a lot of K-pop, but they are my favorite.) I have been obsessed for years with Korean and Japanese culture, and music really is what gets me through so much in this mental illness life. So here are some of my favorite songs, straight from my K-pop playlist on iTunes music.

This week I am featuring somewhat of a repeat of a post I have done before on The Bipolar Writer– my obsession with Korean Pop group Girls Generation (I listen to a lot of K-pop, but they are my favorite.) I have been obsessed for years with Korean and Japanese culture, and music really is what gets me through so much in this mental illness life. So here are some of my favorite songs, straight from my K-pop playlist on iTunes music.

An American Obsession With Girls Generation Pt. 2

I Got A Boy

All My Love Is For You

Baby Maybe

Everyday Love

Dancing Queen

Gee

Into The New World


One Last Time

Light Up The Sky

Baby Baby

Dear Mom

Well, that is it. I really love to do these music related posts. They’re mostly for me but I do love to share this with my followers.

James

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Music That Changes my Mood – Pt. 17

Twice in one week! I really love these music posts because when you’re in this mental illness life, at least for me, listening to music has gotten me through so many dark times. So I hope you enjoy today’s mix of songs! Be sure to check out the series below!

Twice in one week! I really love these music posts because when you’re in this mental illness life, at least for me, listening to music has gotten me through so many dark times. So I hope you enjoy today’s mix of songs! Be sure to check out the series below!

Favorite Music

Hellogoodbye – Here in Your Arms

The All-American Rejects – Give you Hell

Bowling for Soup – 1985

Jimmy Eat World – The Middle

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Fountain of Wayne – Stacy’s Mom

My Chemicial Romance – Teenagers

Weezer – Perfect Situation

Boys Like Girls – The Great Escape

Boys Like Girls – Love Drunk

Yellowcard – Ocean Avenue

The Click Five – Just The Girl

Hey Monday – How You Love Me Now

Well, that’s it for this edition. I hope you enjoyed!

James

Photo Credit:Twice in one week! I really love these music posts because when you’re in this mental illness life, at least for me, listening to music has gotten me through so many dark times. So I hope you enjoy today’s mix of songs! Be sure to check out the series below!

Music That Changes my Mood – Pt. 16

I haven’t done one of these in ages! For those that are new to The Bipolar Writer Blog, I used to do one “favorite music” segments a month. So here is some of the music that got me through today, which has been a tough day, to be honest. Music can be the best therapy especially on those really bad depression or social anxiety days. Music really is life at times.

Paramore –  Still Into You

I can’t go most days without listening to a Paramore song. I have a million Paramore shirts and it is more likely you will see me wearing one! So, here are three songs that changed my mood today.

Paramore – Ain’t it Fun

Paramore – Emergency

Owl City – Fireflies

You need a pick me up song? Just listen to any Owl City song and it will make you feel better.

Owl City – Saltwater Room

Motion City Soundtrack – Fell In Love Without You (acoustic)

It Had to be You

Crystalyne – Punks Don’t Dance

Crystalyne is another one of those bands that I can’t live without. If you never heard of them I’d highly recommend.

We Are The In Crowd – Rumor Mill

We Are The In Crowd is much like many of the bands on this list –  I just can’t live without. Here are three of my favorites that I listened to today!

Both Sides of the Story

Kiss Me Again

All Time Low – Weighless

I want to end today with All-Time Low. Here are two great songs. Another band I that I can’t live without their music.

Remebering Sunday

I hope you enjoyed this edition of “Music That Changes my Mood.”

James

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Stabilizing

It has been a little shy of two weeks since beginning my mood stabilizer. To add this and wean off of Buspirone has been nothing short of the rollercoaster I imagined and then some. Between feelings of anger for things out of my control, to becoming used to feeling a drive to get up through depressive episodes, it has been an interesting process to say the least.

If you remember from my last post, Stabilize, you may remember me discussing the side effects including dizziness and lethargy. I am very happy to report that those side effects did in fact make their way out of my life. I am currently taking fifty milligrams of Topiramate daily along with my Lexapro and Welbutrin and although I have said this in the past, I feel as though this must be how it feels to be “normal”. However normality is very similar to beauty: it is in the eye of the beholder. No matter who you are or what your mental state is, you will always have good and bad days. The difference in my opinion is when your days control your life to the point that you can’t actually live in the way you are supposed to.

I have noticed that small remarks or comments that used to ruin my entire day do not seem to dictate my mood anymore. I continue to deal with frustration, but it does not stop me from finishing tasks. Every day it becomes easier to wake up and get dressed. Every day it becomes easier to prioritize. Every day is not perfect by any means, but it is one step closer to a better version of myself. There are also several things I have learned about controlling my surroundings to maintain a stable mood.

I am in no way monetized, so this is not a plug but just simply the streaming service I use. I decided to try something different and searched for relaxing music on Pandora. As it turns out, there is a wide variety of genres from nature sounds, to spa music, to classical music, and many more all within their own station. I am usually the most stressed when I am work, so I turned it on and it made a huge difference in my day! I felt level-headed and remained calm in situations that would have normally sent me spiraling. After trying this, I highly recommend it to anyone trying to remain calm or combat anxiety, depression, or anger. Even if you are younger, you may be able to find relaxing EDM online by groups like ODEZA or Lindsey Stirling.

This is a fairly short post, but this is all tied together as I am: a work in progress. I honestly thought that the dizziness was going to get the best of me while stabilizing, but in the end it seems to have proven to be well worth the struggle. As the weeks go on I will continue to write about this experience as well as others, engage with you over various topics to reach out to the mental health community and gather your opinions on things, and work on some poetry between both blogs as well. Thank you so much for your time and please take time to take care of yourself today!