We all need a little bolstering sometimes, and music is perhaps one of the cheapest, most accessible and reliable methods so to do (beating alcohol, caffeine, cannabis, and other drugs by a wide margin.). There is nothing like the rush of singing along to lyrics that express you and your place in the world: angry, hopeful, idealistic, indomitable. Some lyrics (as well as lyricless music, like Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man,” or Gustav Holst’s “Mars, the Bringer of War,” or really anything by L. v. Beethoven) really move us, especially when paired to a driving beat or catchy melody. Thus: “You can stand me up at the gates of Hell / But I won’t back down;” “Face those who make it tough to get around;” “I get knocked down / But I get up again / Never ever gonna keep me down.”
Fill in your favorite here. Makes you glad and grateful to be alive — and isn’t that the point?