You all know how much I love music that has real atmosphere and tells a story. I especially love it when that story is motivating and uplifting, even when life's been kicking you in the shins a bit.
Mario Dones' 7 Years of Bad Luck, despite what the title might make you think, is exactly that type of track. Cast across a vast pizzicato landscape punctuated with deep 808 valleys, 7 Years is a flawlessly articulated tale of pulling yourself out of the deep and conquering the world. Mario shifts effortlessly from abrasive defiance to rapid-fire introspective flow, all the time contemplating old attitudes and the consequences of his actions.
It's a lesson in being humble and honest, and being willing to concede that we aren't always in the right. What really resonated with me is when Mario discusses battling with creative jealousy, especially when it seems like the people around us are finding more success than we are. I actually discussed this myself in a recent interview on the main Music to Facebook page, and like Mario, I've found that the best way to overcome it is to simply stop worrying about what everyone else is up to and focus on your own goals. You'd be surprised by how many people are secretly envious of some of the things you aren't even aware you've achieved.
Ultimately, Mario gets what I'm about, and what the whole point of my playlist is. In his own words, 7 Years is "not a sad song. It's more so a about overcoming your personal obstacles and pulling yourself up... Saving your own world." This is so important. Stop worrying about other peoples' worlds, and start saving your own. Do that, and everything else will fall into place.
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About the curator - Matt Jenko
Matt Jenko is a university postgraduate and music producer with an unhealthy obsession with Rick & Morty and all things Game of Thrones. When he’s not in the studio (a rare occurrence these days), he’s fueling his passion for music either on the net or out in the real world. He likes being out in the nature (in the least strenuous capacity though, let’s be real here) and chilling with his cat, and he’s also pretty proud of his mammoth collection of books that he’s never read.