I started this playlist with the simple idea that if you’re experiencing grief, then listening to sad music is actually a good thing - we even wrote an article about it here. Over the last year or so the playlist has covered many different types of grief, or at least, reasons for grief - but there’s something about the experience of losing a loved one - particularly if it was unexpected or they were very young - that drives a particularly deep and powerful type of grief.
One of the challenges people face is the isolation that accompanies this type of grief. People’s experiences with their loved ones are by their very nature unique - which means their grieving experience is unique and people can find it hard to be able to talk about about it openly. Often time this leads to the suppression of emotions resulting in the person never actually working through the process, resulting in unresolved grief that can manifest as a number of different unhealthy behaviors.
As you know we get hundreds of submissions for the Grieve to list - I read the track submission notes long before I listen to the music and I was immediately drawn to what Vincent wrote.
Thankfully the track is beautifully put together, simple piano reveals a stunning vocal performance that is complimented perfectly with a warm string section and a lyric opaque enough to be accessible to everyone.
Definitely one to share with people who might benefit from a listen…
You can learn more about Vincent Lima here:
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.
After my dad died I was very sad - I couldn't play for a while and when I did, the music that came out reflected my grieving state. I wrote an album of solo piano music called Music to Grieve to - from which the idea of the Music to community originated.
If you'd like to know more you should read Nicole's fabulous article on why listening to sad music can make you feel better.
25 September 2021
Why write a song reflecting on the suicide of a beloved friend? Why send it out into the world? What purpose does that serve? Ever since Gerhardt reached out and sent me this beautiful track, I’ve been reflecting on those questions – and while I don’t have an answer, I have an idea of one…
13 April 2021
I was feeling sad – and I know why, but damn it’s so hard at times.
I’ve sat and watched as circumstance came in and deconstructed my defences one by one – constant pain leading to lack of sleep to lack of writing to lack of self care to lack of confidence to lack of hope to – STOP!
31 March 2021
There’s this idea in life that just because you know a thing it makes it easier to deal with.
Like sitting down with a therapist, driving through your history until you find the behavior that causes you, many years later, to run away from connection or drink too much or insist on cleaning everything 3 times.