Comprehending Tragedies

It has been a rough couple days. Singer Christina Grimmie was shot and killed after her concert a couple days ago and the worst mass shooting ever and the worst terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 happened today. It can be difficult to come to grips when such tragedies happen, but music can heal us and help us comprehend what we are feeling.

-“Without You,” Rent: This song touches on the feelings of grief after losing someone you love. People who are grieving feel so sad and his/her personal world comes to a screeching halt, but the rest of the world continues on. It is hard to watch life go by and things change while dealing with the grief he/she feels.

-“No One But You,” Queen: This song was written by the members of Queen after Freddie Mercury died, but it can relate to anyone who has lost someone, especially if the person was young. So many tragedies in the world kill young people who still have their whole lives ahead of them.

-“Fire and Rain,” James Taylor: People go through their lives, taking people they love for granted. It is as if they know for a fact that they will se them again, but do they really? Life can change, and end, in a moment. Nobody knows what the future holds or when life will end. It is important to cherish loved ones and remind them that they are loved.

-“Man in the Mirror,” Michael Jackson: When a senseless tragedy occurs, people who are not directly involve look at the event and wonder what can be done to make a difference to prevent these events. People have the power to make a change in the world by looking at themselves and changing how they act towards others.

-“I Still Believe,” Jeremy Camp: Experiencing or even just hearing about tragedy can tear a person apart. He/she feels helpless, like there is nothing they can do to stop these events from happening again. This song is a reflection of faith, even when the world feels like it is ending and that there is no hope for a situation. Faith and hope give people strength  to fight on.

 

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