What can you say about a classic - even harder how do you cover it and interpret it in a way that respects the original but also adds a different perspective - a different flavor? Well - The Corrs have taken care of the second part of that question - I’ll try to answer the first.
I rarely look at the liner notes for a track - I’m firmly in the camp that regardless of the songwriter’s intent - the minute it’s out in the world, its meaning is up for grabs. And yet - it’s hard to argue that with this track.
From R.E.M’s amazing 1992 album Automatic for the People, this is the ultimate suicide prevention track for young adults. But it’s not just about suicide prevention, and it’s not just for young adults - it’s for anybody and everybody who’s ever been so low they think they might lose it.
I’ve known this track would make the playlist at some point - you can’t not have it on a music to grieve to list - but I heard this version a while back and it just kept growing on me. There’s something about the stripped down nature of the performance that just works - and sure it came from an MTV unplugged performance - but there’s a poignancy to the delivery that just makes it super accessible and in today’s world - the female vocal doesn’t hurt!
You can learn more about The Corrs 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.