What Is Your Go-To Song for Battling the Winter Blues?

It’s the final week of January! How has your first month of 2019 been? Mine has been an adventure. First, I came back from the US from a holiday trip. Then I got the flu for six days and was on bedrest during that time. And now, I am deciding if I need to be looking for a new job or will be sticking around at my current position for one more year.

However, I have been hit by the winter blues lately. Have you?

Coming Into January With Hopes But Getting Stuck in the Mud in the Process

That is right, I feel that I am struck by the “winter blues”. It has been affecting me recently. Maybe because I was touched by the flu for six days and that caused my productivity to go down. But also, I am facing difficulties at work and in life. Work is stressing me out, someone who I appreciate just belittles me, and a very conservative family who just stresses me out because they think coming back to the US will be the best solution in my life (and they want me back, but I don’t want to go back).

I have also been trying to look for a new job but just keep on getting rejected over and over because I am not qualified or the person they want. I should just turn my blog into a business but I been slow on this. Maybe I need to kick butt on this but how? Planning/? Having an accountability partner? Taking a class in blogging business?

I don’t want to go into all the details of my personal problems as it would be a long essay and this is supposed to be a blog about music. Not to sound like a Debbie Downer but my January has been bleak.

However, I Have to Believe

Even though this past year and this January have been pretty bleak, I have to continue to have faith that this bleakness will have to end someday. That there is a light at the end of the tunnel. That the bumpy road will soon straighten out and gray skies will turn clear eventually.

I have to keep chugging along and try to be more positive towards life in general and my goals. Self-care is essential but very hard, especially when you live in a pessimistic and hectic lifestyle. I am going to keep on practicing self-care and learning more about myself.

It’s All in the Pages

Before Christmas vacation, I watched the 90s movie The Pagemaster. I saw this when I was little as my mom would take my brother and me to almost all the kids’ movies that came out during that time. However, it has been a long time since I watched the movie and forgot the whole plot, I decided to rewatch it.

If you haven’t watched it yet, I recommend watching it. It is a great movie about overcoming your fears, believing in yourself and the unseen, using your imagination, and self-discovery. I cannot spoil the plot anymore! Watch this movie!

Yes, The Pagemaster is a kids movie. But, I think, as adults, we can learn much from this movie.

Whatever You Imagine

The ending theme of the movie is called “Whatever You Imagine” by Wendy Moten. Morten is an American singer who released some minor hit songs and albums in the 90s.

Even though many won’t recognize Morten’s career, many would recognize one of the composers for “Whatever You Imagine”: James Horner. Yes, the very same Horner who scored the soundtracks to such classics like An American Tail, Aliens, Braveheart, and Titanic! Yes, he is the man who co-wrote the iconic 90s’ love song “My Heart Will Go On”.

Of course, Horner wrote “Whatever You Imagine” with the husband-wife team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. But, you can tell that this is a song written by Horner at around the 2:16 mark. You see, at this mark is a dramatic turn in the music as the vocals and the strings come in to play the pivoting phrase. Meanwhile, the clarinet and the piano taking turns to play the main melody. I feel like this interlude is one the cornerstones of the piece as it begins a refreshing and dramatic turn to the piece.

It’s All in the Lyrics

The most powerful part of this song is actually the lyrics. My favorite part is the second chorus, which goes:

Whatever you imagine

Can make your life brand-new

There are miracles waiting

So keep concentrating

And I promise you that if you do…

Whatever you imagine can come true…

Some powerful stuff right there!

Lyrics like the ones above are to be cherished and remembered for a long time: through the high points and the tough times. Never give up your dreams and imagination, they will come true one day as miracles do happen. Miracles happen every day if you look inside your mind.

What is your favorite thing about “Whatever You Imagine”? Tell me in the comments below!

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  1. AHHH the page master- i totally forgot how amazing that movie is ha and i def get the blues sometimes when its sooo awfully cold outside- ill have to go back and look at waht songs are helpful to me ha!

    1. It is a great movie! And there is a lot of good songs! The 90s animated movie songs are the best!

  2. I love to know new songs even more if happy and special help to fight the long winter days!

  3. I cannot believe January is over! I am so sorry you had the flu. I hope you are feeling better.
    My favorite line in that song is ‘there are miracles waiting’. I thnk this is so true that there are miracles waiting to happen in everyone’s life.
    There are a lot of songs I like to listen to in order to battle the winter blues. I like to listen to upbeat songs in the genre of country, Christian, pop. One that I enjoy listening to especially in the winter is This Is Your Life by Switchfoot. It is a really awesome song.

    1. I have to check these out! Thanks for the recommendations!

  4. During the winter nights, I enjoy sipping tea while listening to jazz.

    1. That is great to hear. I love tea, especially chai. How about you?

  5. I always got the winter blues or more specifically January blues when I lived in Ireland, but I don’t get them here because January is a gorgeous month in Japan. Beautiful sunny (but cold and crisp) days and the first blooms of the year in the sweet smelling wintersweet blooms and snowdrops too. I am not familiar with that movie, but I do recognise the song. Beautiful.
    Lynda H of Insaitama.com

      1. lol, I am in Aichi. So, about three hours away by Shinkansen and then another rapid express train.

          1. Saitama is great! And the weather here in Aichi is especially warm. I hope you didn’t catch the flu that is going around. It is epic this year.

  6. Cold winter days and rainy days make me feel a little gloomy. Maybe because I stay indoors during those times. The song that makes me beat those blues is “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. 🙂

    1. That is a great song. I love anything from The Beatles!

  7. Oh I don’t know if I have one favorite song to help beat the gloom out.. but now you have me thinking.. and your comments on the movie have me wanting to watch it now

    1. Let me know what you think of the Pagemaster!

  8. Music really does have a way of changing your mood. I don’t have any particular favorites, but even just listening to the radio is a great distraction.

  9. I don’t want to write too much but wow! Your story sounds exactly like mine. You’ll have everything figured out one step at a time. Don’t over stress yourself. All the best ❤💙⚘

    1. Thanks for the advice and warm words. I hope you have a great February!

      1. You’re welcome Aisasami, wishing you much success with your goals. Keep pressing and happy February! thank you ❤❤

  10. Amy,
    I don’t have a particular song for fighting the winter blues. I think mewsic in general just lifts me when I’m down. Thanks for the heads up on The Pagemaster. I haven’t watched it but if it’s on Netflix then I’ll check it out. I hope you’re feeling less blue these days. Have a good weekend! xx

    1. Thanks a lot! I hope you have a great weekend. I check out your Battle this week!

  11. I created a playlist on youtube for the days that I feel sad. It has a variety of songs but my favorite is Stronger. It just lifts my spirits up

    1. That is great to hear. Can you share it? I would love to listen and get inspired!

  12. I hope that February treats you better. I have never seen or heard of the Pagemaster. I really want to watch it now. It sounds wonderful! I don’t have a winter song.

  13. I love music. I have lots of favourite. I don#t have seen this movie yet but that actor is my fav one. Thanks for sharing your story and the lyric is beautiful.

    1. Thanks! I hope you check this movie out and tell me what you think of it!

  14. I don’t have a particular song for fighting the winter blues, but I love the 90’s.

  15. I also like to watch movies and pick up some kind of message or encouragement and inspiration from them. Gonna watch the Pagemaster😊.
    My go-to song is ‘what faith can do’ by Kutless

  16. Perfectly put. Its all in the lyrics.
    90s was the decade of soulful music 🎵

  17. Sorry to hear you had the flu, and battling the winter blues! I’ve never heard of that movie before (not surprisingly, as I don’t watch movies often), but I’ll check it out if I come across the opportunity.

  18. My song against the winter blues is Sunny by Boney M. Gets me in a good mood very fast 🙂

    1. I have to listen to this. Thanks for the recommendation!

  19. I didn’t have a winter blue song up until now. Now ….suddenly I want to have one. Brb going through my song collection 😀

  20. I’ve never really thought about what my winter blues song is. Thanks for the suggestions.

    1. That is great to hear! Which songs do you like?

  21. This looks so great. I would like to onow more about this

  22. I’ll just lay on my bed and listen to jazz.

    1. Oooh, classical jazz or smooth jazz?

  23. I like upbeat songs from my favorite movies.

  24. Oh, this made me think hard. I am from a tropical country so nothing comes to my head. Don’t get me wrong, I am now in a country with 4 seasons but I have never thought of winter songs. Well think this over.

    1. Hahaha, lucky. Which country are you from?

  25. I just love the positive vibes of your post. It’s really hard to lift your mood up during winter … my go to songs are pop!

    1. That is awesome to hear. Which pop artists or songs you like to listen to?

  26. “The cold never bothered me anyway!” That always work for me. 😉

  27. I so love this post. I don’t know why!!!

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