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Music to Grieve To
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While this playlist covers all kinds of behavior that can lead to grief, without doubt the most predominant theme addressed is that of loss: loss of a relationship, loss of a loved one, loss of anything that has a deep emotional connection to a person. And while everybody’s experience of loss is different, there are some fundamental desires that people dealing with loss seem to share:

  • Wishing that the person was still here

  • The desire to be with them, just one more time

  • Wishing that they would give a sign

  • Thinking that if they were here, everything would be all right

Throughout the list these themes are addressed in many different ways and many different styles - from lyrically evocative hip hop to quirky singer songwriter, from soul searing indie rock to desolate Scandinavian instrumentals - each track creates a unique perspective for the griever to identify and empathize with.

But not all tracks connect because most of the time grief is hard, it’s complex and confusing and often time the particulars of a grievers situation are too personal, too unique, too inaccessible to be reached by another’s story. But sometimes, just occasionally, grief is terribly simple - for once you know exactly what you need, and at times like this, what you need is an anthem.

Anthems by their very nature are super accessible, they’re the “big tent” of the music world, they deal with simple and straightforward themes and are delivered in such a way that it’s almost impossible not to climb on board and sing your heart out. Anthems are the ultimate cathartic vehicle and Souvenir by the Depth and the Whisper is a super example of this.

Here’s what writer Albert Bickley had to say about it:

This song was written about a relationship that evaporated. Once it was released and others listened to it, I got messages about how it help them remember and grieve their lost loved ones (one even took it to the graveside of their son that had tragically passed. Wow). I was actually stunned. I never considered it. But, it’s what makes music so amazing. You can grieve a loved one that has passed, or a relationship that didn’t work out as you had hoped. I am just happy that it has meant something to people and helped them in some small way. It’s all about connection with other.
— Albert Bickley - the Depth and the Whisper

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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.