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Open Letter - Mr. Phelps

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Open Letter - Mr. Phelps

So it’s September - and for the Grieve To list - that means our thoughts turn to suicide.

Yep - if you didn’t know - September is Suicide Awareness Month - it’s also National Suicide Prevention Month and in fact right now - between the 8th and the 14th - it’s actually National Suicide Prevention Week. If you are in any doubt as to the impact suicide has on society - spend a minute here: Suicide Statistics - the rate inches up every year - and as a middle aged white male - well - I’m slap bang in the highest risk group…

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A Sunny Day Like This - Golda

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A Sunny Day Like This - Golda

Simple is hard - particularly in today’s complex and complicated world.

I was running down the credits of the tracks at the top of Spotify’s “Todays Top Hits” playlist (with its 23 million+ subscribers) and of the top 5 or 6 tracks - the average number of songwriters was around 7. Even over on Rap Caviar it averages around 3 people to write the track - let alone perform it…

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Edge of Time - Gerhardt

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Edge of Time - Gerhardt

Totally on a heart break trip at the moment - which is odd considering what’s going on in real life - but there’s so many great tracks that deal with the different aspects of falling in and out of love - and this is one.

And while the vast majority of heart break tracks deal with the pain of being left, or cheated on or God forbid - the loved one dying - I’m always more drawn to the tracks that place the responsibility for the break up on the protagonist - on us…

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Darling - ROHSE

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Darling - ROHSE

I’m in love with this song.

It’s exactly the kind of track I imagined might exist when I first started curating Music to Grieve To.

Suicide is the tragedy behind a number of tracks on this list - from artists taking their own lives to the horrific aftermath experienced by loved ones left behind - Suicide is a tough one and there are no easy answers…

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