Recently, the playlist has been driven by words - by lyric - by the articulation of vowels and consonants to give voice to a story. And that’s a good thing - there’s an infinite number of stories out there and words are a great tool to understand and make sense of them.
But, to my mind - whether you prefer the Sumerian Ziggurat or Christian Tower of Babel myth - the fact that we don’t all understand the same words is a real bummer. I’d love to be able to listen to songs from China, from Spain, from Russia from everywhere and go on the same journey that a skilled lyricist in English can take me.
But thankfully - there is one Universal Language - Music.
While the data is still a little obscure there are some studies that point to the perception of emotions in music to be multi-cultural. Certainly the popular music of today is more homogenous across Western and Eastern cultures - which is a great thing if you’re in favor of us all getting to know each other better.
This playlist started with instrumental music - specifically solo piano that was written from the grief experienced through the loss of a beloved family member. And while we feature probably more songs with lyrics, I’m always on the lookout for great instrumentals that can move you and evoke the essence of grief and sadness.
Shipwreck is one of those tracks that stands out from the first notes - the blend of melody and harmony have me falling into deep reflection. It creates that perfect space where you can be still enough to let the memories wash over you and experience them for what they are. It’s a hauntingly beautiful track.
Here’s what Marcos had to say about its origin:
You can learn more about Marcos Ciscar 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.
As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.
As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.
As the founder of musicto I’m on a mission to inspire a global audience of music lovers and artists through the development of people powered playlists.
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.