All the Way Home - Natalie Migdal

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All the Way Home - Natalie Migdal

I really didn't want to put up another devastating reflection of loss in love this week - with Seepeoples' mea culpa followed by Heddwen's unrequited longing - I was kinda hoping for something more morbid... and then I heard Natalie Migdal's voice.

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Thin Man - Heddwen

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Thin Man - Heddwen

I was going to introduce this track with a couple of super strong reference artists - but screw that - 'cos while - if I said those names - you'd immediately go "Oh yes" and forever on associate Heddwen with them - that's doing these artists a disservice.

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Scapegoat - SeepeopleS

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Scapegoat - SeepeopleS

This track has been in my head for a couple of weeks now - it has well and truly burrowed under my skin and I'm hopelessly in love with it.  Having said that - I'm not sure whether it's a 100% right for the Grieve to list but I suspect that anyone who's ever wronged their partner may just resonate with it.

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Memories - music2work2

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Memories - music2work2

This is a track about loss - specifically about the loss of one's father - a father that was truly and deeply loved.  It is relatively short for a music2work2 track but it stands out for its simplicity and sweetness.

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A Little Bit Of Everything - Dawes

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A Little Bit Of Everything - Dawes

Have you ever had a track that quite literally - stopped you in your tracks?  While the opening piano is short and sweet and shows us where the melody is - it's the opening line, 26 seconds in, that just grabs you and pulls you along for the ride.

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Million Dollar Bill - Dawes

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Million Dollar Bill - Dawes

I'm so stoked for this track - it's from one of my favorite bands - Dawes - I try to see them every time they play Los Angeles - they're just a great band with a great vibe and the most incredible songwriting.

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Leavin' - Shelby Lynne

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Leavin' - Shelby Lynne

I remember hearing this song for the first time - I was in the midst of post break-up depression and oh man did it hit the sweet spot!  You know it's going to be kind of "Torchy" from the opening beat but then Shelby's incredibly sexy spoken word delivery comes in and it floors you.

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Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

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Free Fallin' - Tom Petty

Oh god - where to start with this one.  It's been a shitty week in America - a shitty week in many places on the planet.  Aside from the insanity of the Las Vegas mass shooting, Tom Petty died.  The minute I heard, I knew what this week's track would be.

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March into the Sea - Pelican

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March into the Sea - Pelican

If you're looking for a sad song this week I'm sorry but you're shit out of luck.  If however you're looking to get to grips with your grief, maybe take it out and show it what you think of it - this might be the perfect track.

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Too Far Down - Hüsker Dü

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Too Far Down - Hüsker Dü

And so another musician dies and we look to their music for comfort.  I had read about Grant Hart dying of cancer at 56 and while I knew of Hüsker Dü, I'd never really listened to their music. It took Chris from the Burn A Million Miles playlist to hip me to this track.

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Weathered - James Walker

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Weathered - James Walker

Break Ups - perhaps the "safest" form of grief there is - no-one actually dies or is maimed but yet - when you're going through them - safe isn't exactly the word that comes to mind.

What I like about this track is how we've all been there - how when you think you're out the other side you start to speak to your ex again and - in many cases get back together, but here - James deftly steers us away and puts an additional melancholy spin on the whole process.

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What About Me - John the Asian, E10

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What About Me - John the Asian, E10

Depression is still one of those things society doesn't really like to talk about - hell - the people dealing with it don't exactly like to broadcast it.  And yet, all the data that we've accumulated from studies along the way say the best approach is through socializing, through contact, through talking about it and working it through.

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Eulogy - Simeon Walker

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Eulogy - Simeon Walker

Sometimes all you need is a bit of a space and a melancholy piano - hell - sometimes you don't even need the space - a pair of decent headphones can be world building - especially if the soundtrack comes from Simeon Walker.

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Grey Together - Tristâme

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Grey Together - Tristâme

The best bit about curating a Musicto playlist is when you come across a beautiful new track that you would otherwise never have heard.   It's the beautifully measured voice that stands out in this track - the melody and subtle backing is reminiscent of Simon and Garfunkel's version of "Scarborough Fair" but Rami's gorgeous tone takes this to a different place.

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Beam Me Up - Pink

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Beam Me Up - Pink

I don’t know about you - but when it comes to tracks like these - I totally become the singer - I get to feel what they feel and experience it as they do - I think most people do this in some way or another and it’s why songs are cool!

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Minnesota Got Colder - Corey Koehler

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Minnesota Got Colder - Corey Koehler

2009 was a rough year. I think I went to more funerals in that one year than in the past ten combined. One thing that really hit me was how hard it is to find something to say to people who are mourning the person they just lost. 

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On and On - Longpigs

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On and On - Longpigs

Have you ever had a song that you found - that wasn't recommended by a friend or a DJ or some hipster playlist curator - but that you yourself sourced from some weird and unlikely place, and it's brilliant.  It's the track that you love to introduce people to because it's that good - yeah - this is that track for me.

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Indigo - Matthew Mayfield

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Indigo - Matthew Mayfield

I've gotta get more miserable!  The tracks in the last few weeks have been way too uplifting - oh sure - the subject matter's pretty down but these songwriters somehow seem to make you feel better.  Torch songs coming soon!

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Gold In Them Hills - Ron Sexsmith

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Gold In Them Hills - Ron Sexsmith

This is one of those tracks that just oozes hope.  It creeps up on you - slowly but surely, inexorably even, and before you know it, your hands are covered and there's a small spark in your breast that might be, that just might be, the light at the end of the tunnel.

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Sagres - The Tallest Man On Earth

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Sagres - The Tallest Man On Earth

Like last week's track, it's the lyric that got me:

"It's just all this fucking doubt..."

Yeah, yeah it is, isn't it.

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