Music to Be Human
find a deeper meaning with sean arison
featuring artists like
The Mountain Goats, Modest Mouse, Duster, Slint, Bibio, Sibylle Baier, Grateful Dead, Bo Diddley, Gabrielle Zwi
The most meaningful memories, friendships, periods, and songs that I have experienced throughout my life have always seemed to possess a warm, indescribable glow. This playlist is about capturing songs which not only express an emotion but speak to the heart in a way which the brain has no hold to.
In compiling Music To Be Human I will be choosing to publish songs with a purpose, a deeper meaning, and an ability to emotionally transport the listener to a world of depth within their heart they seem to have had forgotten but had never thrown away.
This playlist is not genre specific and is open to any songs that promote their ineffable humanity, from lo-fi folk to atmospheric drone. If you’ve come to listen, dive in, hopefully some words and chords will speak to you!
If you’ve come to submit a track, thank you and I’m all ears!
24 May 2021
What in the world you thinking of Laughing in the face of love What on earth you tryin’ to do It’s up to you, yeah you
27 April 2021You walk into the room with your pencil in your hand You see somebody naked and you say, “Who is that man?” You try so hard but you don’t understand Just what you will say when you get home Because something is happening here but you don’t know what it is Do you, Mr. Jones?… View Article
17 March 2021A long, long time ago I can still remember how that music Used to make me smile And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And maybe they’d be happy for a while But February made me shiver With every paper I’d deliver Bad news on the doorstep… View Article
3 February 2021“I Won’t Hurt You” – The West Coast Art Pop Experimental Band “I’ve lost all my pride I’ve been to paradise And out the other side With no one to guide me Torn apart by a fire wheel inside me I wont hurt you I wont hurt you I wont hurt you I wont hurt… View Article
8 December 2020
The song brings the listener into watching post-calamitic sunrises and season changes through a window, soothingly, still sour.
7 December 2020
As humans we go through countless, sometimes contradictory moods, emotions, and thoughts. This song seems to acknowledge, sooth, and recharge them. Listen to have your ears opened and existential remorse quelled.
16 November 2020
“Ahavat Olam” is a traditional Jewish prayer of peace, self worth and gratitude. Within its lyrics, it thematically sanctifies G-ds choice to give the Torah to the Jewish people.
29 October 2020
Kim Jung Mi’s lyrics resonate with or without an understanding of Korean. The orchestration floats into its own world. The “la la”s of song’s B section seem to carry the listener off on a cloud into a bed of flowers.
From the song’s beautiful album cover to its transient chorus it is a breathtaking experience of humanity.
13 August 2020
“Close your eyes, and smile a little longer.” In his song “Dementia/Blue” Scott Garred composes a serenade to the warm smoke of withering dreams and failing memories. When one suffers from dementia, they slowly lose cognition, cohesion, and memory. Scott’s song delivers a catharsis onto the process of watching a loved one slowly mentally decay…
8 July 2020
In their latest release, LA band Be Good Boy makes going nowhere feel like going somewhere home deep inside…
16 June 2020
“We Have a Map of the Piano” embraces the listener like a warm blanket. Múm mixes warm synths and found acoustics to sculpt a soundscape which makes the listener feel safe, awake, alive, and renewed…
12 May 2020
“Every time I shed tears In the last past years
When I pass through the hills Oh, what images return
Oh, I yearn For the roots of the woods
That origin of all my strong and strange moods
I lost something in the hills I lost something in the hills”
22 March 2020
Bum da dum bum ba dum bum. Bo Diddley, nicknamed “The Originator”, is often attributed much credit towards the solidification of rock and roll as a genre…
7 October 2019
Gabrielle Zwi is an amazing artist local to the D.C. area and my personal friend. Her newest song, “Deepest Roots” captures the empowering, freeing rebirth through expanded solace recycled into resolution…
7 August 2019
Ephemerality is defined as the state of something that lasts for only a short period of time. It is commonly used to describe the passing of the seasons and the bloom and decay of nature…
31 July 2019
Like any good song by the Grateful Dead, the emotional quality of “Franklin’s Tower” dances and jumps with an almost supernal ability of wrenching happiness…
8 July 2019
“Traveling swallowing Dramamine”
Throughout “Dramamine” the listener is treated to twirling, smooth guitar tones and trenchant vocals backed by a downtempo rhythm able to stir the mind into a piercing lull. Named after an anti-nauseant and motion sickness opioid drug with side-effects of mood-altering drowsiness, “Dramamine” accordingly takes the listener out of whatever emotional, motion sickness-filled reality that they possess and into a trancelike state of sweeping tonal tide pools…
26 June 2019
“I am going to make it through this year if it kills me”
Themes bursting out of the gates like flood, the Mountain Goats’ “This Year” captures the quintessence of running through the starting line of life head first onto a tightrope and somehow making it to the other side. Multiple hours after sunsets, the day before moving cities, the five to six hours between falling in love and having three papers due the next morning, Jon Darnelle and his band capture the feeling of the post-climactic, blindsiding, and bludgeoning normality that manages to keep life glued together in the best way possible…
26 June 2019
Echoing softly through the lines of a story feeling far older than the one spoken, King Creosote and Jon Hopkins create a snowy retelling of the feeling of bittersweet imperfect but lasting self-confidence. “John Taylor’s Month Away” tells the tale of a reminiscent picture of comparative self awareness contrasting the singer’s current state of life with another of men embarking on a month-long seafaring voyage from the perspective of a swing park in Roome Beach, Scotland…