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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.