Valentine’s Day huh?
Oh joy - another “holiday” that fills me with dread. The celebration of love - of togetherness - of Romance with a capital R. And yes - I suppose it’s kinda cute in grade school as we establish early on that popularity is driven by looks rather than smarts and the pretty ones count their cards - but as adults - really?
Stores have been awash in a sea of red for months now - I think I saw the first heart shaped box of chocolates on December 26th. And what is it with the candy? Does anything that’s sweet and comes in a red wrapper mean I love you nowadays - and the flowers - oh my god - don’t get me on to the flowers!!!
$2 billion will be spent by Americans on flowers this week with the majority spend being on roses - and if you want to bum your love high - check this article out on the environmental effects of Valentines Day!
With the divorce rate now matching that of marriage it’s a pretty safe bet that there are millions and millions of people out there this week who aren’t exactly feeling the love - so - this track is for them - the ultimate bitter sweet love song.
It’s probably on people’s radars after the wild success of the Bohemian Rhapsody movie - (which was great but why did they have to make shit up - surely the story was gnarly enough as it is!?) And while yes it is beautiful and it has those lovely words “Love Of My Life” - it is the ultimate expression of unrequited romantic love.
You can read more about Freddie and Mary and their story on the internet - but for now - sit back and wallow in the most beautiful expression of love - that on this Valentine’s day has absolutely nothing to do with Romance!
You can learn more about Queen 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.