One of the goals of the Grieve to list this year was to open it up to guest curators - where people can come in and share their story through a track that resonated deeply with them when they were “going through it” - I think it’ll make the list more eclectic and hopefully touch more people.
This weekend I was hanging with an old friend who had lost both her parents in the last few years - we’re both music junkies and while Robin typically has a South American flair to her playlists I couldn’t help but notice her reaction to this track. I asked her if she wouldn’t mind writing about it - here’s what she had to say:
You can learn more about Michael Kiwanuka 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.