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Music with a Message Series Episode 4: Feels Like Sunshine

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Even when I
Feel a little blue
I know all I’ve gotta do
Is let the light come through

— Lyrics from “Feels Like Sunshine” by Brenda MacIntyre

When this song came through, my life felt NOTHING like sunshine. It felt like darkness, pain and hopelessness. It was a lot more like “a little blue”. It felt like I was questioning myself over and over, what did I do wrong? What’s wrong with me? I felt like I’d lost my best friend – because I had. I had lost my friendship with the person I was calling my best friend for a lonnnnggg time.

So how do I deal with darkness and feeling blue? I “let the light come through” by doing something that brings me healing and joy: singing and channelling a medicine song.

TRY THIS: Make a list or collage or bulletin board full of things you can do to feel lighter, and that get you bringing out your own inner light. Put it somewhere you will see it when you’re having a rough time. DO what’s on your list or collage – don’t let it just sit there. Even when you’re feeling fantastic, do more of what you love. It will get you into the habit for when you need it the most, and make you feel even more fantastic in the moment.

Final thoughts: If you’re feeling like anything but sunshine, and you need a break from the shadows or even the shadow work, it’s okay to create some sunshine. If you can’t quite get there on your own, make sure you get some support. It’s not always easy to let the light come through when you’re on a grief journey or you have chronic pain. I totally get that. And. There are days, hours or just even minutes where I feel that sunshine even in the midst of high level pain… and by the way, ALL of what you are feeling is part of your personal experience. Nothing is inherently wrong with you. You are human. You are alive. You are here. And you matter.

Hope this helps. Please feel welcome to share it with friends you know who are experiencing grief, trauma, loss or chronic pain.

Love & Blessings,

Brenda MacIntyre, Medicine Song Woman



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About Brenda MacIntyre

About Brenda MacIntyre

Known by her indigenous name Medicine Song Woman, Brenda MacIntyre has shared her evocative melodic voice and fusion of reggae, rap and indigenous hand drum healing music with appreciative audiences of 30 to 3,000 across North America. The Toronto-based Juno Award-winning singer has been featured nationally on MuchMusic, CTV, CP24, APTN and most recently, Global and the front page of the Toronto Star.

Powered by her grief from losing her son to murder in 2016, Brenda MacIntyre pours her soulful voice over a confluence of indigenous hand drum healing, soft rap and conscious roots reggae in her album “Picking Up the Pieces,” released in September 2019.

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