So the Anthem theme continues and this week we’re off to Camden, North London to reflect on the bittersweet nature of life. The track’s been on my listening list since early October and yet last week it reached out and grabbed me and I started paying attention.
I love it when that happens - there’s never any rhyme or reason to it - you can listen to the same track ten times and not be moved and then on the eleventh - suddenly you have it on repeat as you fall deeper & deeper in love.
It’s one of those songs that doesn’t seem to make sense but you instinctively know that it means something - from the familial opening with it’s juxtaposition of tenderness and gasoline to the hook that ends up haunting you for the rest of the day:
“I've lost so much more than I thought I'd gain, from everyone and everything”
And that’s the thing isn’t it - about life - loss is ever present - and it’s not just the loss of classic grief - of a loved one, a relationship, a job etc - loss marks the end of the season, the year, your childhood, or even as Marco the singer and lyricist says - your innocence.
So how do we handle these constant transitions - how do we balance our hope for the future with the attachment of our disappearing past? Well - you listen to Alarm Bells by Iridesce - you put it on repeat until you know it well enough to sing the beautifully constructed melody of the hook at the top of your lungs - again - and again - until you’re empty, and - if the catharsis works and the recent past has indeed faded, maybe now you’ll get to feel home.
Here’s a little more insight into where the track came from:
You can learn more about Iridesce here:
About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey
The first visual memory I have is that of the white upright piano in Singapore, Hell and the dark forces lived at the bottom, Heaven and the Angels at the top. They would play battles through my fingers and I was hooked.
After my dad died I was very sad - I couldn't play for a while and when I did, the music that came out reflected my grieving state. I wrote an album of solo piano music called Music to Grieve to - from which the idea of the Music to community originated.
If you'd like to know more you should read Nicole's fabulous article on why listening to sad music can make you feel better.