Mini Soundtrack To The Paralympics In Rio!

I have been working hard on Disability Horizons, creating some interesting articles for the Paralympics since the end of July. However, I wanted to find a way to show my support for the coaches, athletes, and fans of the games on my own blog!

Back in July, Channel 4 released their trailer showing their support for the Paralympic games with including musicians, athletes, just anyone with a disability, doing what we do best: live our lives to the best we can! It is called “We Are The Superheroes” and this produced a thought that I decided to store away in my head for save keeping. Since I am still a music blogger at heart, I knew I had to find a way to bring the two together, just like the commercial. So inside this post, you will find three songs that would motivate any paralympian or any invisible, mental, or physical disability!

Sidenote: I’ve seen quite a bit of different comments within the disabled community in the last month or so. Apparently people in the community, didn’t quite agree with the whole “superhero” outlook of the Paralympian athletes. I think it’s all about perspective, as a disabled person, I found the commercial’s message very motivational. These athletes are like superheroes in the way they’ve trained and accomplished to be where they are now. They will also inspire so many others, kids especially, that they can do anything whether they’re blind, missing a limb and/or in a wheelchair.  

Anyways… here is the mini soundtrack to get all of us into the mood for the next ten days!

Impossible – Lacey Sturm

This is this song that gave me this idea to list songs that remind me of my own story, and for everybody else would feel the same too! The whole song could be written by our grandparents, family friends, teachers, doctors, etc that have witnessed us doing things they never thought we could do in our lives. Just the chorus alone would pump you up into believing you could do anything you set your mind to.

“Every morning I see another miracle / I can’t believe, I’m living the impossible / We are the sign and we are the wonder / Another day of living the impossible.”

Heroes – Alesso featuring Tove Lo

I’ve always believed this song could be more than just a good song on the radio. From the time I first heard it, it gave me this powerful, but calming feeling. And I’m not talking about the bass you feel at the end of the choruses. The whole song is so beautiful! I think using Tove Lo’s soft voice was such a great touch, she doesn’t add crazy vocals, it makes me think of people just whispering the words throughout the day, helping me them through. My favorite part was this section and if I wasn’t afraid of needles, I’d get this part tattooed on the side of my legs.

“Everyday people do everyday things but I can’t be one of them / I know you hear me now, we are a different kind / we can do anything”

Soldiers – Otherwise

This song is gorgeous! Fierce in every way. Even though it was written for our troops fighting in wars, I still think it would be a great song for our paralympians. Especially the veterans that were injured and now they’re on some of these paralympic teams all over the world! It can represent a mass quantity of people at one time, if you allow yourself to hear the words in a different light. That’s the general idea of this whole post. These are just normal songs and I’ve taken their content in a different way!

“In this life there’s no surrender / There’s nothing left for us to do / Find the strength to see this through”

So what do you think of this post? Do you know of any other songs that motivate you to things? 

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Tune Tuesday | Sweden

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A few weeks ago, when I was talking about The Netherlands, I explained in the first paragraph that there were two places where I am excited to talk about and I have to say Sweden was my second place! Both places have generated a lot of great music for me in the last five, six years now.

I think I should probably list the only male that I had written down into my day planner. I heard Alesso the first time last November when his hit single with another Swedish singer that I’ll be discussing in a minute Tove Lo with their hit song “Heroes” and who knew at that time that it would actually start up my EDM obsession. You were to look through my Starred playlist on Spotify, from mid-November to late January, there is only one dance track and its this song in this time period by February all hell had broken lose apparently because I have so much that I’ve starred in that genre that it seems a little crazy! Back to Tove Lo, I wasn’t into her first single “Habits” like everybody was when it first came out so when I heard this song, I think it started everything as far as me getting into her music.

Last year’s post I talked about ex-Nightwish singer Anette Olzon and she runs her own blog too! Back a couple of years when I was really reading every post she published.. she likes to share music she’s found on Spotify and new/old artists from her country, Zara Larsson was one of them. I had watched the video she had shared on the blog post and I remember she included the words “she sounds like Rihanna” at first I thought she was kidding, but nope she wasn’t! She’s got very a unique voice! I really like it! I also follow Zara’s blog too! Thank god for Google translator! Lastly, this lady is probably my first Swedish singer I ever got into, back in later months of 2010 I heard this song called “Dancing On My Own” and I have to say before going through this EDM phase, I’d only listen to it maybe 2 days and then I’d be done for a few months. So I found this song on one of those times and I remember buying it immediately because I loved it so much! Later on, I heard “Hang With Me” and even though I never bought that song too, I still love it just as much. To end this, how to tell my mom that the “Show Me Love” song by her is by a Swedish singer? Because I’m betting money she doesn’t know that yet!