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Life is odd.

You know what I mean? Life is just bloody strange at times - and I’m not talking about what happens to you as you go through it - I’m talking about what you do to yourself - particularly when you’re grieving.

I’m in love with this track from Manon because it’s a beautiful depiction of the unique insanity that is human relationships. The idea that you have to leave the one you love in order to truly find them - or indeed - find yourself - is mental. What kind of fucked up world do we live in where we can’t just be happy with what we have.

And yet - it’s so bloody true. Who amongst you hasn’t fallen out of love - particularly when you’re younger - initially blaming your partner only to find out that in fact yes - it was’t them - it was you. The intoxication of young love allows you to build your house on sand but weak foundations don’t last when the glow wears off.

And so you split - to discover who and what you are - trusting in the universe that you’ll find your way back together - but the chances are slim, the journey is long and the elements cruel - they treat you differently at different times and if, by some unreasonable chance you do meet again - it’s likely that you won’t recognize each other.

Music to grieve to indeed…

Time for the river to split into streams
And continue running in separate ways
Still a long way until they will
Unite with the ocean, unite with the ocean

Uhh…
Uhh…

Now she fights against the current
But it’s too strong
She’s lost in thought and drifting down
never want to fade away, fade away
fade away, fade away

Uhh… she’s lost in thought
Uhh…

Don’t be afraid dear
Like a wave I will carry you
Don’t be afraid dear
Like a wave I will carry you
Don’t be afraid dear
Like a wave I will carry you
Don’t be afraid dear
Like a wave I will carry you

Ah..
Ah..
— Manon Schlittler

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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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