Break Ups - perhaps the "safest" form of grief there is - no-one actually dies or is maimed but yet - when you're going through them - safe isn't exactly the word that comes to mind.
What I like about this track is how we've all been there - how when you think you're out the other side you start to speak to your ex again and - in many cases get back together, but here - James deftly steers us away and puts an additional melancholy spin on the whole process.
Depression is still one of those things society doesn't really like to talk about - hell - the people dealing with it don't exactly like to broadcast it. And yet, all the data that we've accumulated from studies along the way say the best approach is through socializing, through contact, through talking about it and working it through.
Sometimes all you need is a bit of a space and a melancholy piano - hell - sometimes you don't even need the space - a pair of decent headphones can be world building - especially if the soundtrack comes from Simeon Walker.
The best bit about curating a Musicto playlist is when you come across a beautiful new track that you would otherwise never have heard. It's the beautifully measured voice that stands out in this track - the melody and subtle backing is reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel's version of "Scarborough Fair" but Rami's gorgeous tone takes this to a different place.
I don’t know about you - but when it comes to tracks like these - I totally become the singer - I get to feel what they feel and experience it as they do - I think most people do this in some way or another and it’s why songs are cool!
2009 was a rough year. I think I went to more funerals in that one year than in the past ten combined. One thing that really hit me was how hard it is to find something to say to people who are mourning the person they just lost.
Have you ever had a song that you found - that wasn't recommended by a friend or a DJ or some hipster playlist curator - but that you yourself sourced from some weird and unlikely place, and it's brilliant. It's the track that you love to introduce people to because it's that good - yeah - this is that track for me.
I've gotta get more miserable! The tracks in the last few weeks have been way too uplifting - oh sure - the subject matter's pretty down but these songwriters somehow seem to make you feel better. Torch songs coming soon!
This is one of those tracks that just oozes hope. It creeps up on you - slowly but surely, inexorably even, and before you know it, your hands are covered and there's a small spark in your breast that might be, that just might be, the light at the end of the tunnel.
Like last week's track, it's the lyric that got me:
"It's just all this fucking doubt..."
Yeah, yeah it is, isn't it.
At the end of the day, songs are stories - messages wrapped in sound that are designed to make you feel. In some songs the story is simple, the lyric sparse and straightforward - often accompanied by an elaborate musical wrapper that gives the words weight - but in other songs - in a song like this - it's the other way around. I like songs like this...
"The things we hold on to
Can cloud your point of view"
Ain't that the truth!
Hard As Stone was written about a realization that it didn't matter where you were in life as long as you were comfortable with the people around you. The story behind the song was about getting lost in the mountains when mist came down but not really caring as I'd become content with who I was with.
My cousin died last night - I'm kinda shocked - he was 52 - it doesn't feel real. And yet here I am, adding tracks to the Music to Grieve to playlist and feeling - well - not better - but - I've no fucking idea what I would do if music didn't exist.
The lyrics and melody of The Darker Side by Robb Murphy are really good. This song never fails to move me and has helped me through dark times. Therefore it will be a great fit for the playlist.
I've been living here for a while - it's super comforting to me - big, open, full of space and yet, warm and comfortable - almost like going back to the womb.
I'm a huge Hans Zimmer fan - oh sure, his music is just nuts - beautifully put together and always matching the film perfectly - and aside from the fact that we both use the same DAW - what I love is that I made it into one of his scores!
While blood will always be thicker than water, sometimes it's only your friends who are able to save you. At times like these - this is the track you should reach for.
So now I have to go to someone with Latin heritage in Los Angeles to introduce me to Celtic / Scandinavian music - what the hell!?
Provided by the rather talented Jeff Mallow, in his own words: