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Recently, the playlist has been driven by words - by lyric - by the articulation of vowels and consonants to give voice to a story. And that’s a good thing - there’s an infinite number of stories out there and words are a great tool to understand and make sense of them.

But, to my mind - whether you prefer the Sumerian Ziggurat or Christian Tower of Babel myth - the fact that we don’t all understand the same words is a real bummer. I’d love to be able to listen to songs from China, from Spain, from Russia from everywhere and go on the same journey that a skilled lyricist in English can take me.

But thankfully - there is one Universal Language - Music.

While the data is still a little obscure there are some studies that point to the perception of emotions in music to be multi-cultural. Certainly the popular music of today is more homogenous across Western and Eastern cultures - which is a great thing if you’re in favor of us all getting to know each other better.

This playlist started with instrumental music - specifically solo piano that was written from the grief experienced through the loss of a beloved family member. And while we feature probably more songs with lyrics, I’m always on the lookout for great instrumentals that can move you and evoke the essence of grief and sadness.

Shipwreck is one of those tracks that stands out from the first notes - the blend of melody and harmony have me falling into deep reflection. It creates that perfect space where you can be still enough to let the memories wash over you and experience them for what they are. It’s a hauntingly beautiful track.

Here’s what Marcos had to say about its origin:

 
I sat down by my piano. My life was a big mess. Dark clouds on my inner sky. Time slipping through my fingers. Still music was my dearest companion. Like a shadow to my shadows. Sometimes a song without words can say more than words. Instead of giving up to heartache and insomnia I followed my emotions through my hand´s journey on the keys. No thinking. No strategy. No goal. Just music in my darkest hour. The sadness made me connect to my inner strength and real essence. My soul was finally speaking to me, gently. It said: “My friend. Move on, life is beautiful in so many ways. The darkness is a beautiful thing. It´s the fundamental for light. Follow your path. Be true to yourself and the world. Love will come your way”.

And so it did. But that’s another story...
— Marcos Ciscar
 


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About the Curator - Andrew McCluskey

Andrew McCluskey musicto Playlist Curator

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.

As a psychology graduate I studied how sound affects human performance.

As a musician I compose instrumental music that stimulates your brain but doesn't mess with your language centers, leaving you free to be creative and brilliant without distraction.

As a curator I research how music can improve your life and create flow - I can tell you what music to listen to when studying for a test and why listening to sad music can make you feel better.

As the founder of musicto I’m on a mission to inspire a global audience of music lovers and artists through the development of people powered playlists.

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