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One of the hardest things about grief is how you incorporate it into your daily, “normal” life. We all know the visceral immediacy of a tragic event - a death, a breakup a loss etc - grief is expected and overwhelming and allowed - but then - when everything dies down and attention has turned away, what then?

Readers and listeners of this playlist are well aware that there is no set time limit for grief to dissipate - it really is different for everyone - but one thing is the same - we do have to get on with our lives. This is often the hardest part of the entire process - it just seems wrong to go to work or make a meal or even as Erica Lee Martin sings - eat a piece of cheese - when the other is no longer with us.

There’s just such a funky vibe to this track - a vintage soaring vocal - reminiscent of a 40’s songstress accompanied by simple ukulele with a disturbing rhythm section - but disturbing in a really good way. Yet it’s the lyric that stands out and grabs you - here’s what Erica had to say when she submitted the track:

This song is a quirky alternative to a sad love song. In it, I talk about every day mundane activities (such as eating cheese or having a drink) and how I no longer have a person to share these things with. It’s about being in your most familiar places, but lacking that which made them so familiar. It’s about every day life continuing when someone or something is gone, and re-learning how to rely on yourself.
— Erica Lee Martin

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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.