Smiling Isn’t Always Easy In Charlie John’s ‘Cheer Up’
Being happy or cheering up when you’re down isn’t always as easy as we want it to be. Depending on the cause, turning our frown upside down is an uphill climb. Let alone changing our mood from gloom to bloom, it’s something we can’t shake off instantly like rain drops. There’s a process to it which starts with acceptance or realization that we need to move on sooner or later; “time heals all wounds” as they say. While there is truth to the saying that “laughter is the best medicine”, simply laughing it off (as much as it does the body good) won’t take the pain away- it’s a bandaid solution to a bigger problem.
This difficulty to cheer up amidst life’s tribulations can be clearly seen in artist Charlie John’s latest song entitled ‘Cheer Up’. Released last March 31st via YOUASWELL this track is an angsty response to people who advice that ‘you need to cheer up’ to those experiencing mental turmoil such as anxiety or depression. While we know that this ‘tip’ often comes from a place of concern. Uttering these words especially to those afflicted by the mental conditions mentioned is just like throwing gasoline to a flame – it just keeps raging on. Thus making the entire matter worse than before.
Amidst this veil of sarcasm and edginess, found in Charlie John’s cool vocals and eclectic instrumentals. This tune reminds us deep down that being in a state of happiness is something we all need. It’s what we should strive for in order to be truly fulfilled in life. Sure money and fame can do that but it only lasts for a short time. The ultimate thing that could cheer us up is finding our purpose and practicing it. For at the end, genuine joy isn’t derived from others. It comes from within – it starts with YOU.
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