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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!

Songs that deal with emotional distress can be incredibly powerful to experience - particularly when you're going through something similar.  This track reminds me of the classic Torch Songs - Cry Me A River, I Will Always Love You, Crazy - you know the kind of tracks I mean - but if a Torch song deals with loss of love, then this track is in the same vein but deals with with loss of life.  

It’s super well written - the lyric and the beautiful soaring melody she sings in the chorus resonate hard - but it’s the change up that just knocks it out of the park!

There are many songs like this,  but what I particularly love is that about ¾’s of the way through, everything changes. It’s as if the song is fading out to its own sad conclusion - as if it dies - and then after a musical shunt - the track comes back to life, but this time the energy is different.  The groove is different, the key is different and while the story remains the same - there is this huge sense of hope.  

It’s as if the singer was able to move on...

Which is pretty much the journey that people who grieve go on - and while, not all of them make it, I think it's songs like these that help them through.

I found this beautiful track on the Loss & Healing playlist put together by the grief advocate Nathalie Himmelrich.  Nathalie runs the Grieving Parents Support Network - http://grievingparents.net/ - As it says on their website: “We are so sorry you are here. We are so glad you’ve found us.” - they sound like very cool people.


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About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey

The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.

Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician.  Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works.  It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.

Music to Grieve to is often sourced from entries at The Grief Directory.  If you know of an organization or product that has helped you and you'd like to raise their visibility, then please tell us about them over at griefdirectory.org

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