Have you ever "discovered" a band that has been around for a really long time and you feel a little sad that you didn't pay more attention to them earlier? This is how I feel about The Rolling Stones.
Of course I knew who The Rolling Stones were. Heard some of their music, recognized their iconic tongue logo, was aware of Mick Jagger. Little did I know how quickly they would become one of my favorite bands of all time.
Music is wonderful and an art form I truly cherish. I love how different bands "speak to us" at different times of our lives. I believe that bands come into our lives when we need them most. Like I said, I had listened to the Stones before, and although their tunes were catchy, the lyrics never "spoke to me." But now they do. Deeply.
For example - I struggle with depression and anxiety, beating myself up (a lot) about the things I do and don't do. On my way into work this morning, I was reeling from something I was abusing myself for that happened the night before. All of a sudden "19th Nervous Breakdown" by The Rolling Stones came on the radio and I couldn't help but smile. It was a pretty perfect song to come on in that moment as I was mid-breakdown. I cranked it up, and when it was over, threw in their '64-'71 hits CD. I was in tears by the time I pulled into work finishing up "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction." My sadness? Gone. I was ready.
They've become my refuge during tough times lately and I feel so extremely grateful for them. Below are the songs that touched me this morning, but my list of favorites is much longer than these two!
I am lucky that my husband is also a huge fan. We were able to take a trip to see "The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism" in Chicago!