Music to Grieve to
listen to sad music and feel better with andrew
featuring artists like
The Staves, Robb Murphy, Colin Hay, Shelby Lynne, Dawes, Tim Minchin, Radiohead, Nick Cave, First The Winter
Listening to sad music after losing a loved one, being diagnosed with a terminal illness, or finalizing a divorce might seem counterintuitive, but this somber sounding activity has been proven to help.
Nothing can prepare you for grief, nor is there a right or wrong way to deal with it, but sad music is an easily accessible and highly effective tool that can help you begin to heal.
The music on this list is not designed to cheer you up – although oddly – after listening to it, you’ll likely feel better – it’s designed to meet you where you’re at – to connect with how you’re feeling – to create a space where you can just sit and be with your grief and to know that – that’s OK.
It covers all genres and all topics so it’s likely that not all tracks will resonate with you – but some will – and some will shake you to your core – according to the science – this is a good thing!
25 September 2021Why write a song reflecting on the suicide of a beloved friend? Why send it out into the world? What purpose does that serve? Ever since Gerhardt reached out and sent me this beautiful track, I’ve been reflecting on those questions – and while I don’t have an answer, I have an idea of one…
13 April 2021
I was feeling sad – and I know why, but damn it’s so hard at times.
I’ve sat and watched as circumstance came in and deconstructed my defences one by one – constant pain leading to lack of sleep to lack of writing to lack of self care to lack of confidence to lack of hope to – STOP!
31 March 2021
There’s this idea in life that just because you know a thing it makes it easier to deal with.
Like sitting down with a therapist, driving through your history until you find the behavior that causes you, many years later, to run away from connection or drink too much or insist on cleaning everything 3 times.
26 January 2021
Aaaah yes, the choir – the harmonies, the frisson, the hairs standing up on the back of your neck as a soprano haunts your soul.
This is a winter track – best listened to while looking out the window – watching the outside – inclement weather is the perfect accompaniment…
16 December 2020
I’m all too familiar with the effects of becoming dependent upon drugs and alcohol – I don’t wish that on anyone – let alone myself – but in the immortal words of Irvine Welsh:
“People think it’s all about misery and desperation and death and all that shite, which is not to be ignored, but what they forget is the pleasure of it…
8 December 2020
I’m trawling along the bottom again – I don’t know why – honestly…
It’s the not knowing that kills – and not just you, but your loved ones too as you can’t articulate and are forced to watch as they project and hurt…
19 November 2020
God I love the story tellers.
The lyricists who construct a reality you can step into, to experience it as if you were there – as if you knew the characters – who do it so seamlessly that – even if it is by proxy – you get to feel the emotions for real.
That’s the point of this list – it’s designed to make you feel – to connect with the emotions that we’re oh so good at keeping hidden, buried under guilt and social conditioning. Because when we don’t deal with those emotions – well – that’s when the bad shit happens…
12 October 2020
That chorus hook could launch a thousand love songs, instead it’s here – working for you – creating the safety net for those of us who dared to try and ended up failing on the battlefield of love.
30 September 2020
I’m here again because I’m sad.
Which is kinda OK really – this being the music to grieve to playlist – but it’s more than the normal sadness – and while it’s not quite despair – it does feel overwhelming.
I could give you the exact point in time and particular reference – which you would all understand, if not necessarily appreciate – but that’s not the point of tracks like this…
9 September 2020
Insecure is a thought provoking and self empowering anthem, created on the soul purpose to inspire and uplift.
Featuring Mariea B adding a Rythmic Blues
22 August 2020
I’ve loved this song for as long as I can remember – certainly long before I understood what it was about.
There’s so many ways to appreciate it – from the gorgeous melody to Nina Simone’s stunning delivery, to the whiteness of its writers and how Porgy and Bess continues to force us to look at systemic inequities in American life: race, gender, disability and poverty…
23 July 2020
Who’s up for an alcohol induced ascent above the madness? And I’m not talking about some upbeat energetic overview where you’re in a balloon or an airplane and you’re feeling great about it all – no – I’m talking about a loose edged experience, laid back and fuzzy, where ‘cos you can’t see the ground, you don’t have to worry about it…
17 June 2020
Ever found yourself singing along to a lyric that in retrospect makes no sense at all – but at the time – couldn’t have been any more perfect? And I don’t mean just singing – I mean throwing your head back and wailing like a drunken banshee as you attempt to expel the pit of grief from your stomach…
Yes! I thought you might have – me too – if so – you’ll probably dig this track…
9 June 2020
Time ticks by, the world changes, people change, culture changes and yet – somethings don’t.
The ebb and flow of joy and grief – both experienced in contrast to the other – is a constant that the human condition will never escape. Right now joy’s in short supply and grief seems to be dominating the planet – but if history tells us anything – it’s that this too shall pass…
11 May 2020
I’ve noticed a disturbing trend on the Grieve to list of late where – for one reason or another – the tracks are becoming a little more optimistic – a little more hopeful. And while yes – there are times when that’s appropriate – it’s the sadness of a track that we’re drawn to – the pure melancholy of a love remembered or a life cut short – or – as with this week’s track – both!..
18 April 2020
Are we doomed?
Is this how it’s going to be?
Damn I hope not…
17 March 2020
Do you have hope?
I know – it’s a heavy question – particularly at this time of writing when the corona virus is reshaping the planet – but – maybe because of that – the question has validity.
Do you really?
Do you have hope?…
19 February 2020
I’ve been thinking a lot about Music to Grieve To and and about what kind of playlist I want it to be. The idea is solid – both for the audience – in that listening to sad music is good for you – and for artists because hell, if you can’t write a sad song – then – maybe this game isn’t for you!..
31 January 2020
It’s taken me a while to write this – I don’t know why – maybe it’s because I’m looking at it from the outside in – knowing that I should feel grief for what’s happening – and yet – not quite connecting with it.
It’s not like I don’t have ties to Australia – my sister’s family live in Sydney – I’ve seen pictures of their favorite beach nothing but flames. Hell, I live in California where towns are getting wiped out every year and the idea of LA burning up doesn’t seem so strange…
19 December 2019
It’s that time of year again, isn’t it?
For westerners or even caucasian southerners the mood is definitely upbeat as people prepare for Christmas and the new year festivities. But for those who are smack in the middle of the grieving process, it can be brutal…
11 December 2019
One of my favorite lines from last year was:
“inspirational quotes – in quotes – make me want to throw up – preferably on the person who posted them.”
It was Autumn Dawn Leader’s track that resulted in that particular piece of invective and I’m so grateful to her for the inspiration 🙂
5 December 2019
They say love should be loved again, you just have to wait.
A cure is on the way.
They say love can ́t be owned or it can ́t be claimed.
Give up what you cannot have.
20 November 2019
What I look for on this list is not outstanding production – outstanding melody – something new – no – what I look for is humanity – is pure authentic honesty – is the expression of what it’s like to be human – to live and reveal the power that loss of love can evoke…
8 November 2019
And I’m ready to fight
And I’m ready to fight
And I’m ready to fight
tonight, tonight, tonight
Oh hell yes! ‘Cos that’s the ultimate truth isn’t it – at the end of day – there’s only one person that’s going to get you out of the hole…
30 October 2019
The problem with any kind of mental disorder – the kind of thing that grief is especially good at kick starting – is that it’s not visible, not tangible, it’s misunderstood and misdiagnosed and treatment options are scary. Not only that – there’s a stigma around it – a level of shame – that we’re going to be forever tainted and mistrusted and god forbid that anyone should find out…
16 October 2019
Why is it so bloody hard at times?
Why do the lessons learned before offer no solutions to the same problems?
Why do you sit there with a laundry list of things to do and yet – you’re stuck – immobile – watching every second tick away and add to the ever increasing mountain of guilt and self loathing and fear…
9 October 2019
Music to Grieve To doesn’t always have to be sad – in fact – Music to Grieve To can be anything you want it to be. The whole point of this – for me anyway – is that music makes life better – and when you’re grieving – having something that can make the slightest difference – is worth it….
2 October 2019Music to Grieve To Follow this playlist: I’ve been sitting on this track for a while. It’s on Phil’s Music to Navigate a Life playlist – accompanied by a typically insightful write up. I don’t have the words to describe the music – the song – and even if I did – who cares –… View Article
24 September 2019
What’s the point?
You ever find yourself asking that?
The point of this playlist is to bring succor to people who are grieving. That’s it. We listen to and feature songs that we hope people can resonate with and perhaps elicit a cathartic release – at the very least – to help them feel less alone…
18 September 2019
It’s still September. We’re still talking about Suicide. We’re doing this because the experts tell us that the more we talk about it – the more we bring it into the open – the less likely it is that people will go through with it.
And yet – people still do…
11 September 2019
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…
4 September 2019
They’re good – most of the time – generally derived from society’s desire to not kill each other and in some cases – to actually be nice to one another. But every now and then – particularly when you’re so down you don’t really give a shit about what people think – rules are there to be broken…
22 August 2019
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…
14 August 2019
I feel so lonely
There’s a body next to mine but I’m feeling cold…”
Oh yes – we know that feeling don’t we – and of course the questions start to come…
7 August 2019
Recently, the playlist has been driven by words – by lyric – by the articulation of vowels and consonants to give voice to a story. And that’s a good thing – there’s an infinite number of stories out there and words are a great tool to understand and make sense of them…
31 July 2019
Grief is exhausting.
Aside from the mental aspect – it can take a huge physical toll on the body. And I’m not just talking about the lack of sleep or bad diet – I’m referring to the wracking pain in your chest after you’ve cried yourself out…
24 July 2019
Oh man – how hard is that?!
I remember losing mine at the age of 9 – sitting in that ancient Cathedral repeating the words to the prayer of humble access and suddenly realizing that it just had to be wrong. ..
9 July 2019
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…
3 July 2019
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…
25 June 2019
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…
13 June 2019
Does grief have to be depressing?
I know the widely misapplied Kübler-Ross model has Depression firmly locked in at stage four of five, but then she was talking about those receiving a terminal diagnosis – not those who’s partner just left them…
4 June 2019
It’s the voices!
The insidious fucking voices.
They never fail to appear – particularly when you’re down…
30 May 2019
You never know when a song’s going to strike – when it’s going to hit you and glom onto your soul. Most often though it happens when you’re experiencing intense emotions – doesn’t matter what type – could be joy, grief, fear, desire whatever – it’s the intensity that creates the conditions for “Glomming”…
16 May 2019
You know why I love this track?
‘cos it’s human.
Sure – there’s the beat track, digitized to keep time to the nanosecond, but the performances that sit on top play with time and space in a way that is particularly un-machine like – and I dig that…
14 May 2019
Sometimes all you need is the perfect voice with the perfect piano and you’re transported to the perfect place. And while I suspect that perfection is highly overrated – this track makes the whole pursuit worth it…
23 April 2019
Don’t you sometimes just want to run away from it all – turn tail and admit failure? Is it really worth it to live under the constant pressure of trying to “make it” while you struggle with finances, relationships & sanity? Would it be so bad to just call it quits – could you live with yourself?…
23 April 2019
Life is odd.
You know what I mean? Life is just bloody strange at times – and I’m not talking about what happens to you as you go through it – I’m talking about what you do to yourself – particularly when you’re grieving…
16 April 2019
You never know what it is about a track that will get you, but sampling Barack Obama on mental illness sure does make the intro stand out. Having had my attention caught I found myself more and more drawn to this unique track…
10 April 2019
Staring out the window on a beautiful day in Monterey, in an emotional coma for the last 4 days. I can’t cry and I can’t stop trying to rationalize it, shouldn’t this be illegal? Can’t I write a law? But it’s nature. It’s life. How humbling, how little control we have really. I can’t write a law. I can’t write a grievance. I can’t slam the door and walk away…
3 April 2019
It’s that time of year again – memories of deaths and funerals – photos appear in my feed and remind me of who isn’t here anymore – I drink too much and only later guess at why. It’s depressing really – you think you’re out the other side and suddenly you get slammed…
26 March 2019
They’re strange things, commonly associated with Peter Pan and not generally looked upon with favor. However in the music world, they’re the holy grail of songwriting, performing the same piratical function of piercing your body and getting stuck deep inside your soul…
20 March 2019
There’s a lot of Loss on this playlist – I’d say nearly two thirds of the tracks reflect the loss of something in one way or another, and while we’re familiar with the physical loss of a family member, close friend or lover, it’s the mental loss that has always intrigued me…
5 March 2019
Grief and Loss.
Loss and Grief.
One follows the other surely as night follows day. How dark and how long that night will be – well – that depends doesn’t it…
27 February 2019
What if it really isn’t you – it’s me?
What if the underlying reason for why we broke up is that, I’m a dick!…
19 February 2019
People came from many miles
to say they loved you so
The mind, the trash
how loud you laughed
“The sun, the moon, he’s gone too soon.
But trust us dear, he’s here with you.“
But is he? Really? ‘cos it sure as hell doesn’t feel like it…
12 February 2019
Valentine’s Day huh?
Oh joy – another “holiday” that fills me with dread. The celebration of love – of togetherness – of Romance with a capital R. And yes – I suppose it’s kinda cute in grade school as we establish early on that popularity is driven by looks rather than smarts and the pretty ones count their cards – but as adults – really?…
6 February 2019
This is a waltz.
But this is also an offering, an offering of sweat and tears, a sea of tears for each and everyone of the deceased troubled souls of this world, dead without an inch of mercy, left too early or too suddenly, left without explanation, left without compassion, killed without regret, left with all their wounds fresh, left broken and fragmented, left without a moment of silence, without anyone to mourn them…
28 January 2019
I like Autumn Leader – I like this track – and while it’s a little more raw than the majority of the songs on this playlist – the lyric is undeniable. Followers of the list will be familiar with my particular disdain for platitudes and positive messages – inspirational quotes – in quotes – make me want to throw up – preferably on the person who posted them…
24 January 2019
I’d posit that unrequited love is the norm – at least for a while.
The romantic idea that you both fall in love at the same time is ridiculous – unless you’re Clarence in True Romance – preparing to go for it and letting the chips “fall where they may”…
9 January 2019
It is easy for a fear to become so great that it shows up, you spend so much time thinking about it, then one day you see it in front of you, or someone tells you it is happening, perhaps unexpectedly, or maybe more accurately, just as you had expected.
17 December 2018
Christmas parties – Ugh! Really – you mean that’s part of my job description now? That I have to go outside of work hours – off the clock – and socialize with people I can barely relate to when you’re actually paying me?!…
12 December 2018
“How I hate this time of year
It’s dark and it’s cold
And I feel I’m getting older…”
Resonating with anyone out there?
5 December 2018
I’m Not Whole.
Ain’t that the truth – particularly for people listening to this list. Grief just takes a chunk out of you and it’s fifty / fifty whether it gets replaced – and even if it is – it’s with something completely different…
27 November 2018
So the Anthem theme continues and this week we’re off to Camden, North London to reflect on the bittersweet nature of life. The track’s been on my listening list since early October and yet last week it reached out and grabbed me and I started paying attention…
21 November 2018
I don’t know what it is at the moment but I’m in total “Anthem” mode – you know – the kinda tracks that you lose yourself in and sing along to at the top of your voice without giving a damn who hears you. There’s something incredibly cathartic to this behavior and it’s exactly why we are building the list…
13 November 2018
While this playlist covers all kinds of behavior that can lead to grief, without doubt the most predominant theme addressed is that of loss: loss of a relationship, loss of a loved one, loss of anything that has a deep emotional connection to a person. And while everybody’s experience of loss is different, there are some fundamental desires that people dealing with loss seem to share:…
7 November 2018
It’s a blessing to be able to look back at the bad times – particularly the really bad times – tragically there are too many who didn’t make it through to create memories…
31 October 2018
Yes I’m Scottish and I can romanticize Scotland – (along with a crazy amount of Outlander fans!) – but this track’s about more than that – to me it’s about the idea of home and the strange relationship we often have with it…
22 October 2018
“You always complain I wanna stay on top,
looking back, I might have stayed a while
It’s the pause between “stayed a while” and “too long” that turns this track into a beautifully written and smartly delivered insight to the agony of loving a broken person.
16 October 2018
What can you say about a classic – even harder how do you cover it and interpret it in a way that respects the original but also adds a different perspective – a different flavor? Well – The Corrs have taken care of the second part of that question – I’ll try to answer the first…
9 October 2018
I started this playlist with the simple idea that if you’re experiencing grief, then listening to sad music is actually a good thing – we even wrote an article about it here. Over the last year or so the playlist has covered many different types of grief, or at least, reasons for grief – but there’s something about the experience of losing a loved one – particularly if it was unexpected or they were very young – that drives a particularly deep and powerful type of grief…
2 October 2018
Is there anything so ruinous to the soul?
What do you do with all that emotion – all that raw feeling that you know – deep down – will never be reciprocated? Maybe you cling to hope – hope that one day they’ll see you – that they’ll learn to love you- that you’ll ultimately be together,…
27 September 2018
One of the hardest things about grief is how you incorporate it into your daily, “normal” life. We all know the visceral immediacy of a tragic event – a death, a breakup a loss etc – grief is expected and overwhelming and allowed – but then – when everything dies down and attention has turned away, what then?…
19 September 2018
It’s amazing quite how much power an amazing hook has:
“Is anybody out there can you lead me to the light
Is anybody out there tell me it’ll all be alright”
11 September 2018
Charlotte and I spent time together.
Not the type of time you spend with family, classmates or colleagues – the time we spent together was from choice.
I added it up – just for fun – turns out that over the years – we spent more than 2,000 hours talking with each other…
27 August 2018
Ever grieved your own behavior? Ever been at a momentous point in your life and made the wrong decision – like, knowingly? I used to do shit like that – it was awful. Not only do you pay in the end but you get to hate yourself in the process – awesome!…
23 August 2018
Sometimes it’s all just so exhausting – you know?
Everyone has their own “thing” to deal with – the thing that drains you of energy and intent – the thing that has you spiraling down into bad behavior and ever increasing distance from normal. And what do you do when you’re here? When you’re self sabotaging and listening to the wrong voices?…
14 August 2018
I’m taking advantage of my guest spot here on the Grieve list by introducing you to one of Australia’s finest storytellers Mr. Paul Kelly.
A true Aussie icon, and indisputably the jewel in the crown of home grown artists, in my eyes. Fact or fiction, his writing has the ability to lift you from the darkest of depths or bring you to tears with honesty and realism that cuts to the bone…
31 July 2018
I’m Chris from the Music to Burn A Million Miles playlist – and I’ll be your guest curator for August. For myself – and regulars tuning into the playlist – it can be a place to seek shelter, to deal with the emotions that come with loss , and last but not least music to heal. I really hope you will enjoy the stories and music over the next few weeks…
25 July 2018
I was at a loss this week – too many balls in the air and I didn’t have time to listen to all the new track submissions – I was starting to feel overwhelmed and anxious about the whole thing and before I knew it, balls were dropping making me feel even worse and suddenly I’m on this whole downward spiral… Sound familiar?…
17 July 2018
I love this gig – I get sent music from all over the world – it literally appears in my inbox with a written note from the artist as to why I should listen to it. And while sure – a lot of the tracks submitted aren’t right for the list – every now and then you get a gem. Here’s what I received this morning:…
9 July 2018
Addiction scares the shit out of me. It’s easy to look at people who succumb and wonder just how they let it happen, and yet for me it really is often “There but for the grace of God go I.”…
4 July 2018
We started the Music to Grieve to list based around the idea of sad music being good for you. We researched and wrote a long article breaking down how sad music actually helps you grieve, and the original idea for the list was that it was going to be populated by sad songs. The thing is – as my countryman Robert Burns once said “The best laid plans o’ mice and men gang aft a gley!”
27 June 2018
It’s a double header this week – back to back Cathal Flaherty tracks and this one isn’t even released yet but oh my god – it’s a stunner! If we were bending the rules of the list a bit last week by having Two Hearts – we’re back with a direct examination of lost love and the agony it induces…
18 June 2018
This week’s track is a little different in that it isn’t what you would typically call a sad song – but then not every track on the Music to Grieve To playlist is going to be morose or downbeat. Tracks make this list because they’re great at evoking emotion – the songs on Cathal Flaherty’s recent EP The Head & Heart are brilliant at this.
10 June 2018
Suicide. It’s in the air. If you’re reading this in the future this was the week where Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain took their own lives and we all became familiar with the phrase suicide contagion. And it’s shit – it’s shit for us who remain – who watch the tributes pour in as the tears pour out – and it’s the same damn question every time – Why!? Why?! Why?!
30 May 2018
It seems that Mental Health is very much in the fore front of the list at the moment – not surprising as May is Mental Health Awareness month but particularly with Scott Hutchison’s death a few weeks ago – we’ve been very focused on raising awareness of mental health issues…
21 May 2018
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week!
…at least it was – it was when Scott Hutchison of one of my favorite bands Frightened Rabbit took his own life – probably acting out the story of a song he’d written 10 years ago – 10 years ago when he had more hope.
16 May 2018
You never know what it is about a song that’s going to get you – could be the melody, a lyric, the overall instrumentation and production – but for a song to catch your attention – there needs to be a hook – this one gets you like a dagger to the heart!
8 May 2018
It’s a tough topic this week – Alzheimer’s disease – I believe we’re at the beginning of a massive increase in cases and I suspect we’re not really prepared.
It was a great conversation this morning with Sharon at Grief Reiki and rather than go over that – go watch the video below – Sharon has a lot of good insights and tools for those who are affected by this difficult disease…
30 April 2018
You know when you’re full to the brim – when your emotions are so high you can barely hold them back and you’re struggling to keep yourself composed? For me it’s never a sad song that breaks the dam – it’s always a happy one – and this track is the worst!
23 April 2018
I thought there’d be a couple of Avicii tracks in this week’s submissions and while Noka’s selection of Wake Me Up on the Music to Vibe To list was beautifully written and a must read / listen, it was the track from Matt Jenko and the Music to Save The World playlist that caught my ear.
19 April 2018
We’re currently working with Fiona as part of the promotion of her new project Flow over on the Music to Write An Essay To playlist. If you’re looking for beautiful instrumental music that has been produced to an incredibly high level, we can’t recommend this album enough. Head on over to the track that we’re featuring – itself called Flow – and check this beautiful music out.
11 April 2018
You never know what it is about a song that’s finally going to get you – the melody – the chorus – a particular lyric or even the video – but for me – Burning Blue has a hook to kill all hooks and it’ll haunt your dreams.
4 April 2018
Sometimes only a classic will do & this 1984 track from Phil Collins most definitely falls into that category. If you’re the one being left – if you’re the one standing there watching your love walk away and taking half of your heart with them – then this is for you!
29 March 2018
I do this because I believe music can make the shit times better.
Henry is a Music to Curator – he curates the Music to Stay Up Late At Night playlist – it’s a beautifully put together list – the music is often familiar and yet when you hear something new – it’s always great. But for me – my favorite thing about his list, is the writing. He writes with such an authentic voice that you can’t help but feel as if you’re sitting there, next to him…
20 March 2018
So it’s the anniversary of my Dad’s death – it’s been three years – it’s weird. I’ve been out of sorts for days – weeks actually. While there’s been a lot going on I’ve just not felt right – not wanting to move forward – wanting to withdraw and not be a part of anything.
13 March 2018
A return to the playlist’s roots this week with a stunning solo piece from Canadian pianist Ian Wong. While sad songs – and by songs I mean tracks with lyrics – can tell a specific story – sometimes you just need an instrumental track to create your own narrative. Right now it’s raining outside, the sky is kinda grey and you know it’s cold – there’s a general melancholic feel to the world and this track accompanies it perfectly.
7 March 2018
I was writing a few weeks back about how it’s often seeing an act of human kindness that will make me cry – more so than experiencing something sad. There’s something in that – focusing on the good rather than the bad – that makes this track resonate for the grieve to list.
1 March 2018
Listening to sad music isn’t exactly a group activity.
You don’t call your friends up and go “Hey guys, fancy coming round and spending the evening bawling your eyes out…?”
Sad music is best listened to in isolation…
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.
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 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.