Forever Changed - Carrie Underwood

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Forever Changed - Carrie Underwood

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…

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Once Upon Impossible - Fiona Joy (Hawkins)

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Once Upon Impossible - Fiona Joy (Hawkins)

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.

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El Mañana – Gorillaz

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El Mañana – Gorillaz

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...

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She's Like the Swallow - Ian Wong

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She's Like the Swallow - Ian Wong

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.

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Chances - Athlete

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Chances - Athlete

Sometimes you just want to cry.  Do you ever get that?  Where for whatever reason you realize that your emotions are full to the brim and you think you're about to burst?  When I'm in that space it's this track I listen to - actually - it's this track that I watch.

While the idea behind the playlist is that sad music can make you feel better - when I want to cry, I don't go looking for sad things - I go looking for beauty.  I am way more likely to well up when I see human kindness than I am over human despair.

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Black Star - Radiohead

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Black Star - Radiohead

It's interesting to see the main themes that come out from this music to grieve to playlist - certainly there's death and loss, there's depression and mental illness, there's the whole relationship breakup genre and there's family and friend trauma, although strangely enough, not many songs about moving house (which often makes the top 5 lists of "most stressful things that can happen to you!")

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Coming Back Home - De'Wayne Jackson

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Coming Back Home - De'Wayne Jackson

You know what grief is good at?  Apart from the whole making you feel like shit and depressed and generally pretty miserable - grief is really fucking good at forcing you to be real - to be honest - to be true to who you are.  Most things in life you can skate over, even unpleasant memories can be safely tucked away and dealt with maybe never, but grief - grief you can't control - grief hangs around, discombobulating your daily life until you deal with it.

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