I love this gig - I get sent music from all over the world - it literally appears in my inbox with a written note from the artist as to why I should listen to it. And while sure - a lot of the tracks submitted aren't right for the list - every now and then you get a gem. Here's what I received this morning:…
Addiction scares the shit out of me. It's easy to look at people who succumb and wonder just how they let it happen, and yet for me it really is often "There but for the grace of God go I."…
We started the Music to Grieve to list based around the idea of sad music being good for you. We researched and wrote a long article breaking down how sad music actually helps you grieve, and the original idea for the list was that it was going to be populated by sad songs. The thing is - as my countryman Robert Burns once said "The best laid plans o' mice and men gang aft a gley!"
It's a double header this week - back to back Cathal Flaherty tracks and this one isn't even released yet but oh my god - it's a stunner! If we were bending the rules of the list a bit last week by having Two Hearts - we're back with a direct examination of lost love and the agony it induces…
This week's track is a little different in that it isn't what you would typically call a sad song - but then not every track on the Music to Grieve To playlist is going to be morose or downbeat. Tracks make this list because they're great at evoking emotion - the songs on Cathal Flaherty's recent EP The Head & Heart are brilliant at this.
Suicide. It's in the air. If you're reading this in the future this was the week where Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their own lives and we all became familiar with the phrase suicide contagion. And it's shit - it's shit for us who remain - who watch the tributes pour in as the tears pour out - and it's the same damn question every time - Why!? Why?! Why?!
You never know what it is about a song that's going to get you - could be the melody, a lyric, the overall instrumentation and production - but for a song to catch your attention - there needs to be a hook - this one gets you like a dagger to the heart!
It's a tough topic this week - Alzheimer's disease - I believe we're at the beginning of a massive increase in cases and I suspect we're not really prepared.
It was a great conversation this morning with Sharon at Grief Reiki and rather than go over that - go watch the video below - Sharon has a lot of good insights and tools for those who are affected by this difficult disease…
You know when you're full to the brim - when your emotions are so high you can barely hold them back and you're struggling to keep yourself composed? For me it's never a sad song that breaks the dam - it's always a happy one - and this track is the worst!
I thought there'd be a couple of Avicii tracks in this week's submissions and while Noka's selection of Wake Me Up on the Music to Vibe To list was beautifully written and a must read / listen, it was the track from Matt Jenko and the Music to Save The World playlist that caught my ear.
We're currently working with Fiona as part of the promotion of her new project Flow over on the Music to Write An Essay To playlist. If you're looking for beautiful instrumental music that has been produced to an incredibly high level, we can't recommend this album enough. Head on over to the track that we're featuring - itself called Flow - and check this beautiful music out.
You never know what it is about a song that's finally going to get you - the melody - the chorus - a particular lyric or even the video - but for me - Burning Blue has a hook to kill all hooks and it'll haunt your dreams.
Sometimes only a classic will do & this 1984 track from Phil Collins most definitely falls into that category. If you're the one being left - if you're the one standing there watching your love walk away and taking half of your heart with them - then this is for you!
I do this because I believe music can make the shit times better.
Henry is a Music to Curator - he curates the Music to Stay Up Late At Night playlist - it's a beautifully put together list - the music is often familiar and yet when you hear something new - it's always great. But for me - my favorite thing about his list, is the writing. He writes with such an authentic voice that you can't help but feel as if you're sitting there, next to him...
So it's the anniversary of my Dad's death - it's been three years - it's weird. I've been out of sorts for days - weeks actually. While there's been a lot going on I've just not felt right - not wanting to move forward - wanting to withdraw and not be a part of anything.
A return to the playlist's roots this week with a stunning solo piece from Canadian pianist Ian Wong. While sad songs - and by songs I mean tracks with lyrics - can tell a specific story - sometimes you just need an instrumental track to create your own narrative. Right now it's raining outside, the sky is kinda grey and you know it's cold - there's a general melancholic feel to the world and this track accompanies it perfectly.
Listening to sad music isn’t exactly a group activity.
You don’t call your friends up and go “Hey guys, fancy coming round and spending the evening bawling your eyes out…?”
Sad music is best listened to in isolation...