It is no secret by now that I have been struggling with Bipolar Disorder and Depression for most of my life, I have been pretty vocal about it. It is not that I want attention, it is that I truly think that mental illnesses should be spoken about more openly. If we remove the stigma and create a safe place where people feel free to talk about their problems or how they are feeling, we might actually be able to make a difference. So what does this have to do with music? And what is St. Marie… and who is Stone Sour?
Music has always been my crutch. It is the one thing I have always been able to turn to where words have failed me (hence the massive tattoo on my forearm), it carried me through the darkest times and made me feel alive. Last night was one of those nights, I put my headphones on and I blasted my favourite songs until I became so lost in the lyrics that I didn’t feel attached to my body. It has always had this incredible ability to soothe me, to open my mind and let my thoughts flow. And I always feel so much better after I’ve had my deafening music fix.
There are a few artists that I turn to time and time again when I need comfort, when I need to feel understood or when I need to make sense of the pain I feel. The pain that has no place being there to begin with. One of those artists is Corey Taylor. His music carried me through my teenage years. I first heard of Corey when a friend introduced me to the band Slipknot, of which he is the vocalist. Slipknot carried me through my toughest high school years and well into young adulthood – the angry lyrics taking my anger and frustration with it, the heavy drum beats and electric guitar riffs made me feel really good and Corey’s voice always calmed me. The University of Queensland’s School of Psychology conducted a study and found that listening to heavy metal actually combats depression, anxiety and anger issues – so I am not completely psycho. Also, Pshycosocial is an EXCELLENT Slipknot song, my all-time favourite.
Listening to Slipknot and becoming borderline obsessed with Corey Taylor, a father of two who has written four books, eventually led me to Stone Sour – his other band. Stone Sour have sold over 2.7 million albums, and have been nominated for three GRAMMYs. When their marketing team contacted me a few months ago with a sneak preview of their new music video and asking me to work with them as an influencer I almost had a heart attack. It was not pretty… I spent a full five minutes jumping on the couch, reading and re-reading the e-mail, phoning everyone who used to rock out to their music at Gandalfs with me and squealing like a little girl who just got a text message from her first crush. It wasn’t Corey himself e-mailing me, but it was close enough for me. The universe brought us together once again. There are few people in this world I would fan-girl over… in fact, it’s a pretty short list:
- Corey Taylor
- Benjamin Kowalewicz
- Jason Mamoa
- Lady Gaga
- Jonathan Davis
- Chester Bennington (RIP)
Their new single, St. Marie, is nothing like what you would expect from the band – the track has a strong acoustic country feel and will appeal to both fans of the band who have grown with them and people who have never heard of them before. St. Marie’s music video is about a journey, trying to find redemption in a place where maybe there is none to find. There’s a lot of judgment that comes forth in the video that ends up being resolved by the fact they all end up at the same place in their lives, no matter what. It carries a message that it’s best to just let go of that resentment and find your way happily instead of morosely. It is so apt for where I find myself on my life journey, and it was almost like a little nudge from the universe.
Letting someone into your music collection or favourites playlist feels oddly intimate. I think we have taken it to the next level in our relationship, so I would LOVE to hear what you think of the music video. I have also included a link to my Spotify playlist at the end of the article featuring my favourite Stone Sour tracks! You are welcome.
Watch their new single, St. Marie here
Listen to my Spotify playlist here