Have you ever put your heart and soul into something for years and yet it didn’t work out?
If so, this track’s for you.
The frustration I’m referring to is not the angry, cheated emotion – it is the sad one. The frustration of not getting what you want - to be frustrated in one’s efforts.
I'm not totally convinced that music can be depressing - if music is making you feel something then that's the opposite of depression. Having said that - this track makes you feel pretty deeply...
This track is on a couple of playlists, making it onto the Music to Descend in an Airplane playlist as well. It's so beautiful in its sadness that it's kinda hopeful.
Some tracks just have a way of bringing you into a specific state of mind - I wasn't thinking of the music to grieve to playlist when I heard this but I couldn't stop thinking about it afterwards.
I'm a sucker for beautiful piano - I should be as that's the kind of piano I like to write and play. Ludovico Einaudi is a genius and this track with its 29+ million streams is a good example of why.
Short, simple and super sweet - it's the kind of thing I might have written. Simple arpeggiated bass line with this uncomplicated meandering melody that reminds you of how it feels when you're wondering, lost after your loved one has gone.
"Take my mind and take my pain"
Oh if only that could happen.
The initial seeding of this playlist was dominated by instrumental tracks but this track made it in by the sheer beauty of the vocal - Tom Odell has a fabulous voice.
Loss - when it’s still visceral - when you still think you can call them - when you’re still discombobulated and not sure when it will end.
Loss - when it colors your every move and burns hot in your heart.
Have you ever had your family break apart?
There are a hundred different feelings you go through, none of them good, but the emotion that lingers long after everything else has faded, is sadness.
I wasn't aware of Sophie's work until Nicole introduced me to this track for the Music to Grieve to playlist - I immediately fell in love. Melancholy piano - not overdone or flashy, just a simple theme that you can hear her breathe life into - and then the cello arrives - and it's beautiful!
There is a hopefulness to this track - particularly at the end where it’s all about imperfect and perfect cadences resolving positively around the G major root. The reality of grief is that life does go on, and while the grief may never fully subside, it does fade and we do get to feel good again.
It's the birdsong and background sounds that get you at the beginning - the scrunching through gravel accompanied by the sparsest piano chords and the whole mood is set.