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You know that feeling when you’re just exhausted? When you’ve put everything you have in and still it’s not enough, still the tide comes and moves you on - again - with no clear destination or hope? If you know what I’m talking about you should definitely listen to this track.

Songs are strange things - they’re made up of music and melody accompanied by words - lyrics - that together create something greater than the sum of those individual parts. On a list like this it is often the lyric that comes to the fore - a story of heartbreak or death or loneliness or depression - these things are more easily conveyed with words - but sometimes - and to my ears often more powerfully - it is the music that lets you know what’s going on.

When I’m beaten down I don’t want to listen to up-tempo music - I don’t want to listen to a mid-tempo track with an uplifting message - when I’m down I want the music to reflect my mood - I want a slow hypnotic, beautifully constructed groove that I can bathe in and let wash over me - if by some magical occurrence the vocal matches the music - I’m in heaven.

There’s such a classic feel to this track - it had me immediately thinking of Sandy Deny and 70’s folk rock - check out Fotheringay’s The Sea on the classic Music to Blow Smoke Rings Across The Floor playlist - but it’s not stuck in the past and also had me thinking of Morcheeba’s The Sea from Music to The Ocean And Beyond - there’s a timeless to it that transcends decades and generations.

But of course the track is about heartbreak - about the loss of love - here’s what Jennifer had to say about its genesis:

the song was written in a year where pretty much everything hurt: it was the end of a marriage; end of several friendships; touring solo shows with endless hours between cities in an old truck; and the end of a brief love affair which inspired several songs on my debut record, one that i wanted to last longer, -or long enough to feel like not everything was going to end. but it didn’t; this song was about the point when it became clear it was over, and i knew i was leaving, even though we really still loved each other. i played it at every show that year and then couldn’t play it again for years. i hope you enjoy.
— U Wear It Well - Jennifer Leonhardt

and I do, I do enjoy. I hope you do too.

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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.

I’ve been fascinated by music ever since.

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.