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One of my favorite quotes is: “If you aren’t vulnerable there is a lot less pain, but a lot less love.”
Being vulnerable and feeling your feelings is a scary ordeal. It can be uncomfortable to sit alone with your thoughts and feel the “bad feelings.”
An underlying theme I have seen woven throughout each interview I have with musicians is the way music allows them to be vulnerable and share their feelings. It’s therapeutic, it’s freeing, and their vulnerability inspires others, like me, to not keep feelings bottled up.
Opening up in his newest album “loneliness in the presence of company,” Ethan Jewell gives an ode to a feeling we all may know too well: loneliness.
Jewell’s words are real and raw, a type of “musical poetry,” as he describes it. His vulnerability helps listeners as we listen to him navigate through a dark period. His words let us know we aren’t alone in our loneliness, which maybe means we are never really alone. In his outro, Jewell shares “after all, there’s no better company than myself.”
We’ve probably all gone through seasons of loneliness, but it’s important we are vulnerable with ourselves during these times. When we aren’t vulnerable and when we don’t allow ourselves to truly get to feel our feelings, we close ourselves off from opportunities, people, and the space for new, “good feelings” to come about.
Please be vulnerable in a world that tells you it’s cool not to care, in a world that tells you having feelings is a sign of weakness. Never be ashamed for saying how you feel, for caring for others. Protect your peace. Be conscious of who or what you put your energy towards. If people shy away from your vulnerability, know that these are not your people.
And while I’m not a musician, it’s important to find that outlet where you can be in your most vulnerable form. For me, that’s journaling. For Jewell, it’s in his songwriting.
Be vulnerable even when it’s hard and know you are never truly alone in your feelings.
It’s cool to feel your feelings and musicians like Ethan Jewell inspire us to be open and content in our “loneliness.”
By Maiya Mahoney