Music to Grieve to
listen to sad music and feel better with andrew
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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!
When I Lie – Richie Charles
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…
Song 26 – Callum McIntyre
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…
Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) – John Lennon
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….
Enjoy It While It Lasts – Easy Wanderlings
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
Don’t Give Up – Peter Gabriel
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…
Strange Beauty – First Aid Kit
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…
Open Letter – Mr. Phelps
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…
Sorry – Nothing But Thieves
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…
A Sunny Day Like This – Golda
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…
I Need You – Joan Armatrading
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…
Shipwreck – Marcos Ciscar
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…
Til Death – Gaijin, Aamowi
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…
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 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.
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