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Sometimes one idea is all it takes.

And it doesn’t need to be a big idea or even a terribly well formed one - but from the moment it comes into existence - it can change your life.

Lost and Found literally grabbed me by the ear yesterday and said “write about me” - and it’s easy - here I am typing away with a grin on my face because the idea is so simple and so easy to talk about. You see - while some essay tracks are there to facilitate your existing journey - to create a nurturing environment for your already formed idea to manifest - other tracks - tracks like Lost and Found are there to influence the idea - are there to facilitate in its creation and bring a flavor that might otherwise not have been there.

You only need to hear the opening bars of the track to know where we’re going - the same beloved arpeggios that start the Moonlight Sonata are taken in a familiar but unique direction - blending the known with the unknown in a way that feels warm and accessible and inviting.

3 rounds, repeating the same idea but each time becoming more interesting, more melancholy, more beautiful and yes, more human. There’s something that a solo pianist can do with time that cannot be replicated with programming, stretching the meter, quickening the speed of the fingers, imperceptibly demonstrating the sheer uniqueness of being alive and in organic contact with the instrument.

If you’re about to sit at your desk and are looking for a track to guide you to the despairs and triumphs of a human life well lived - listen to this a few times - get familiar with the three different rounds and then maybe - after the 4th or 5th listen - turn it up a little - close your eyes and - as the final notes fade out - start to write…

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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.