It could mean a lot of things.....
Let's use my personal story for an example. I'm a huge fan of the band My Chemical Romance. They have a lot of great songs from their Bullets album to their last album of Danger Days and Conventional Weapons. They have beautiful, motivational songs like Desert Song, Heaven Help Us, The End, The Kids From Yesterday, etc. They're inspirational. They set you in a mood where you feel somewhat invincible. You feel like nothing can destroy you. (Bulletproof Heart sorta fits that vibe too.) Then you have the more depressed songs.. Cancer, The Light Behind Your Eyes, Demolition Lovers, Disenchanted, I Don't Love You, Cemetery Drive etc etc. They're sadder. Most people who say that a band "saved their life" could be referring to a time in their life of loneliness. A point where they were falling apart. Everything good in their life was going wrong and everything wrong was getting worse. The clouds were covering the sunshine, so to speak and they felt depressed and weak.. and broken. They say that a band saved their life because the music moved them. They could relate to the music. The lyrics, more specifically. I used MCR because most of their lyrics are so perfectly fabricated in the most understandable manner, you feel the emotions Gerard feels as he sings the song. Whether it's a happy song, a sad song, a depressing song, an angry-vibed song.. He's talented. He has a beautiful, unique voice and a definite talent in writing lyrics..
My mother died recently. Then my grandfather. Then my aunt. Anyone who's lost a very close member of the family, or even a friend, knows how much it hurts. I was aching inside. I lost so many people so dear to me so quickly. To quickly. I'd come home from a rough day at school, being pushed around and made fun of, to sit in the corner of my room just listening to MCR on repeat. Over and Over. All of their songs. All the happy ones to try to lighten my mood. All the darker ones I could relate too. I'd sit there and sing with all of me. I tried to shine my emotions through the songs. It made me feel a lot better. I still have moments like that today. Whenever I'm depressed or upset about something, they're the first band I listen to. It's sort of became an involuntary reaction now. Someone says something mean to me I just pull out my iPod or iPhone and blast away. They really did save my life. I contemplated suicide so many times it wasn't funny. I got sent to therapist after therapist and nothing happened. At first I thought it was me. Like, something was wrong with me. But after a while I realized it was stress from everything going on, and I had to find some way to cope. I took anti-depressants but the side effects were horrid, and they didn't help much. I listened to music and my mood dramatically changed. It made me feel accepted. It made me feel like someone out there understood. So I got interested in all the fandoms and sites online about the band, I got into more bands like them, I finally had enough sources I could finally say that I wasn't as sad as I used to be. It's really helpful. I mean, it was/is for me. Bands really can save someone's life. It's not just a stupid metaphor or something a fangirl says when she really wants attention. It's totally true. ~
Tonight - Will It Ever Come?
I'll Spend The Rest Of My Days Rocking Out Just For The Dead.
Tonight - Will It Ever Come?
I Can See You Awake Anytime In My Head. ~