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I remember hearing this track for the first time when it was performed by the writer Peter Gabriel and I think it was Kate Bush - it was one of those songs that you immediately recognize as classic - even to my then teenage ears.

What has been wonderful is to hear it again in this new incarnation from Herbie Hancock and the fabulous singers Pink and John Legend.  Pink (who already has the fabulous Beam Me Up on this list) is one of my favorite vocalists and she knocks it out of the park here - John - well - his surname says it all.

The track was recommended to the list by Terry McGuire, podcast producer/co-host of the Giving Voice to Depression podcast.  Here's what Terry has to say:

As producer of the podcast Giving Voice to depression, I’ve interviewed a lot of people who live with or are otherwise affected by depression. Some are suicide-loss survivors. Some are suicide-attempt survivors. At some point(s), most have been convinced by depression that life is not worth living— that they are not worth living. It’s a lie. But since depression exhausts and isolates us before it starts with its incessant negative messaging (all common brainwashing techniques,) it’s easy to be convinced that things will never feel different or better. I’ve been there myself.

So when I hear “Don’t Give Up,” I think how much we could all benefit from having a friend who knows and cares and tries to understand what The Darkness is like, say “You’re not the only one,” “No reason to be ashamed,” “You still have us,” and that there’s “a place where we belong.”

This particular version touches me not just because of the magical blending of John Legend and Pink’s voices, but in the video Pink really looks like she understands how a person who needs to hear the song’s powerful lyrics is feeling. You can almost see her heart recognizing the pain in another’s.

I don’t know that a song can “save” someone. But I do know from first-person accounts that if spoken with love, some of its lyrics could.
— Terry McGuire

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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.

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