I’ve loved curating this list for the last month and there’s still one more track to go! ;-) The major themes have all been about us – us humans – how we interact with each other – how we tackle our seemingly insurmountable problems and how songs can help us do these things. But this week's track puts forward the idea of - what if you don't actually need saving?
We've been telling kids for a few generations now that if they really, really want something and they try hard they can get it - and it's always bothered me 'cos reality doesn't exactly bear that out. Similarly, we've been telling people that they should find their passion and pursue it and again - this hasn't been a terribly successful proposition for most of those who have tried it.
We've created a world of social media superstars - influencers that drive desire - we're teaching that famous is essential, that if you're not a star, a super star, a super hero even - then you're a failure. At the same time we have studies showing significant increases in anxiety and depression amongst children as they recognize they don't have and will seemingly never have what they want.
I'm all for instilling ambition, aspiration and the work ethic but we've also got to put in a dose of reality - the thing is – the vast, vast, vast majority of people are not doing what they want – they’re doing what they need to – and you know what – it’s actually pretty OK! And that's the point of this song - as the end chorus says:
I want to be someone
All the time number one
But I'll take what I get
And I'll make the most of it
'Cause I know, 'cause I know I'm not just someone
Unless you're hanging from a girder or clasped in the sweaty arms of Spiderman's latest nemesis - it's likely that you don't need saving. It's likely that if you took a step back and looked at what you have and who you are - it might just be enough. Imagine how good that would feel!
So - if you're feeling a little down on yourself - pop in the earbuds - crank this up and strut - yes, that's right - Strut - down the street - 'cos you're not just someone - when it comes to your life - not anybody else's - but your own life - you're a frickin' superhero!
Overcome Your Own Obstacles: Himalaya by Ellipsis
The Music to Save The World playlist is sponsored this month by Himalaya from Ellipsis.
The journey begins; fresh Chillstep from Ellipsis to help you conquer your own mountain. Stream it now:
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About the curator - Andrew McCluskey
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.
Although I've always played, I haven't always been a musician. Most of my twenties were spent working with people, buying and selling and learning how the world works. It was in my thirties that I came to America and focused on music and began to develop music2work2.