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.
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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.
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.
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.
Originally track 3 on the music to grieve to album, Memories has become one of the most popular piano tracks on the playlist. It's the balance between major and minor - remembering the good times but always seeing them through the veil of sadness that grief covers everything with.
Full liner notes are available here