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Sometimes it's all just so exhausting - you know?

Everyone has their own "thing" to deal with - the thing that drains you of energy and intent - the thing that has you spiraling down into bad behavior and ever increasing distance from normal.  And what do you do when you're here?  When you're self sabotaging and listening to the wrong voices?

I adore this track. 

Originally featured by Ashlee on her Music to Go To The Moon playlist - it's perfect for those of us who need help.  The opening chords - the calm tempo - the stunning vocal and the so so insightful lyric that anyone struggling on their own will recognize. 

When you're down it's practically impossible to "hear" someone when they tell you to get up and get out of it - no-one understands what we're going through - our unique and particular circumstances - how dare they!

And yet - we know that ultimately - we're going to have to get right - either on our own, or through friends or with professional help.  We're eventually going to have to start lifting our head up, get out of bed and face the world. And while that's a scary proposition - the promise of the song is that it's going to be alright.

When I play this track - I can almost believe it...

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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.