You know why I love this track?
‘cos it’s human.
Sure - there’s the beat track, digitized to keep time to the nanosecond, but the performances that sit on top play with time and space in a way that is particularly un-machine like - and I dig that.
Writing is a very human act - it isn’t replicable - at least not in the way an 808 can repeat a four bar pattern to infinity. Even when we achieve a state of flow, that rhythm can’t be mapped to a particular meter and this is a great thing. It means our robot overlords are going to have to wait a little longer before they take us over.
I enjoy the purity of machine derived music, I can appreciate how producers quantize tracks to deliver the appearance of a ghost in the machine, but - you can tell - you can tell when it’s all too perfect - when the math is too exact - when there’s no errors, no warmth, no humanity.
So, when I’m looking to get inspired - when I’m looking for a track to remind me of me of my own unique humanity - it’s tracks like this I go for.
Shai-Li suggests that the song creates an atmosphere of hope and focus - I think she’s right.
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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.
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.