Derek Lee Goodreid

Born to Raise Hell & Sing the Blues.

How Songwriting and Creativity Illuminate the Path Beyond Depression

It’s 3am and I have been struggling with insomnia all this week and feeling low. In the symphony of life, we often find ourselves entangled in the discordant notes of depression. The weight of this emotional struggle can be overwhelming, leaving us searching for a lifeline. One such lifeline that has proven to be remarkably effective is the art of songwriting and embracing creativity. Engaging in creative endeavours like songwriting can become a powerful ally in the battle against depression, shedding light on the transformative journey towards healing and self-discovery. I have already written two songs this week and it has helped me find calm and also the reason why I can’t sleep.

Depression is an intricate web of emotions that can shroud our world in darkness. Feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and isolation can leave us feeling trapped, our voices silenced by the overwhelming weight of our emotions. However, within this darkness lies a glimmer of hope – the power of creativity.

The Therapeutic Power of Songwriting:

  • Expression Beyond Words: When words fail, music speaks. Songwriting provides a unique channel to express complex emotions that might be difficult to articulate otherwise. The melody becomes a vessel for feelings that may have remained hidden, allowing for a cathartic release.
  • A Safe Haven for Emotions: Through songwriting, individuals can create a safe space to process their emotions. The act of transforming inner turmoil into melodies can be liberating, as it offers a tangible representation of the intangible pain that depression brings.
  • Empowerment through Storytelling: Writing lyrics enables individuals to tell their own stories. By sharing personal experiences and perspectives, songwriters can find empowerment in their vulnerability, realising that their struggles are not isolated but universal.
  • Building a Sense of Accomplishment: Setting goals and completing creative projects, such as writing a song, can foster a sense of achievement. This achievement, no matter how small, can counteract the feelings of worthlessness that often accompany depression. 
  • Connecting with Others: Music has a magical way of bringing people together. Sharing your songs can lead to connections with others who resonate with your experiences, creating a sense of community and reducing feelings of isolation.

The Creative Process as a Healing Journey:

  • Mindfulness and Presence: Engaging in the creative process demands focus and presence, drawing the mind away from ruminating on depressive thoughts and grounding it in the present moment.
  • Outlet for Self-Expression: Creativity provides an outlet for self-expression, allowing individuals to communicate what might be difficult to convey through conventional means.
  • Magical Mindset: The act of creating something out of nothing is magic, requiring a belief in the possibility of transformation and growth. This mindset can contribute to developing resilience in the face of depression.
  • Rewriting Narratives: Songwriting allows for the exploration of alternative narratives. By crafting lyrics, individuals can reframe their experiences and emotions, rewriting their internal stories from a place of strength and resilience can be empowering.

As the sun rises on a new dawn, the transformative power of songwriting and creativity shines brightly on the path beyond depression. Through expression, connection, and self-discovery, the healing harmonies of music can guide us from the shadows into the light. Remember, your creative journey is unique – a symphony only you can compose. So pick up that pen, strum those chords, and let your inner melodies resound, for in the tapestry of your creativity lies the potential for profound healing and renewal. As for me, I am heading back to bed to try to catch some Zs and hopefully recall the melodies I was chasing in my dreams.

Just a caveat if you are dealing with depression, music alone won’t do all the heavy lifting. I have regular meetings with my GP and psychologist to get the support and help I need. I really encourage seeing and talking to professionals. It was a tough first step admitting I couldn’t do it on my own and needed help but it was one of the best decisions I have ever made.

If you need to talk to someone to here are some great services as well.

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Derek Lee Goodreid began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences.

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Derek Lee Goodreid

Perth blues, rockabilly and country musician, Derek Lee Goodreid, began his songwriting in his twenties as a confessional exploring his own battle with PTSD, anxiety, and depression with punk acoustic influences. After moving to Norway for love Derek’s music and lyrics evolved influenced now by Jeff Buckley, Elvis Presley, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Cash, and Robert Johnson. Derek’s blues-inspired rockabilly won his newly formed band, Howling Light, a place to compete at Notodden Blues Festival and several festival gigs in Norway and established venues such as Cafe Mono and Buckley’s Blues and Roots Bar. Since then Derek has released four solo albums and has returned to his home town of Perth Western Australia. He continues to write, record, and perform his own special brand of Americana, Delta Blues, and Rock with his howling vocals red, hot rocking guitar, and heart of gold. Follow Me On Facebook

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