Sometimes you come across with little musical jewels that change your life a bit. The Organ is one of those for me, I hadn’t mentioned this in a long time but there’s a special place in my heart for people who introduced me to music I love…
“Being human hurts. We try so hard to avoid this fact…”
I was reading the other day this blog entry from a doctor called Lissa Rankin, someone I admire very much and consider a very wise person. She was talking about how we tend to avoid pain constantly and it always ends up being worse for us,…
This week on the Music to Stay up Late playlist we have a very special track, the very first song signed by the Music to music label! This is a huge first step for all of us and worthy of celebrating.
This song was part of my life during one of the most difficult times, it was before I lived these last two months.
Going back in time to 2012 I was living something similar to what I lived these last two years, my father had to go through surgery to have a brain aneurism removed and my family and I had a very difficult time coping with the fear of losing him.
There had to be some Radiohead on our playlist, it was inevitable and long overdue, it was just indispensable to add to our playlist some of the music these great musicians from our time have produced.
There’s a beautiful atmosphere to this song, it builds around a short segment with a lovely melody and starts bringing variations in texture and color, every time it begins again it continues to grow, without ever exceeding its own character, its own deep sense of peacefulness.
It’s 1:18 in the morning, it’s been raining all day and all night in Bogotá, I don’t think I’ve stopped listening to the sound of the rain for more than an hour in the whole day, I’ve been home all day and have been adjusting to it feeling a lot more empty...
It was a couple hours after midnight, last Saturday. My father passed away in a hospital after two years of struggle with a very difficult disease. It was one of the worst moments of my life, completely unexpected for me and so difficult to handle that for a few moments I thought I would faint, I still haven’t fully understood the magnitude of the event, I still haven’t completely accepted I lost my father.
This song, so beautiful that it has touched millions and so magical that it can shake your core on a special night, even after knowing it and loving it for many years.
On Friday I was lucky enough to go to the Depeche Mode concert here in Bogotá. It was a really unexpected thing, I really wasn’t sure I would be able to make it, the day had been really stressful and hard on me and I was feeling desperate and hopeless about so many things, important things, about the future in general and about my life and my family...
There are nights when you can only feel sad, moments when you can’t find “positive” feelings to nourish from, when everything you feel is just some form of sadness, sometimes stronger, sometimes weaker, but just sadness.
I have a story to tell about this week’s track, it was submitted to us on the musicto website a couple of weeks back during a very hard time for me. For reasons too complicated to discuss life was feeling extremely rough and I was having really though days, feeling like everything was too much and I wasn’t always sure how I could endure.
Sometimes the night just calls for you to lay down on the floor and watch the stars, the immensely beautiful sky and the majestic view of the small portion of that huge universe around us, sometimes a starry night can be one of the most memorable moments of life.
We are blessed to have great fans on this playlist, fans who send us beautiful music like this next piece, a great instrumental track which combines electronic and acoustic music, touched by the influence of European classical music.
Future Islands is a wonderful mixture of pure, raw emotion and beautiful sounds, a magnificent balance between good taste and expression coming from awesome synths and an amazing front man.
“The Game Of Love” is a great example of everything that makes Daft Punk such a great and iconic duo, the song is catchy and yet sad, the melody is beautiful and so well written that days, weeks or even years after hearing the song it could still pop into your head at a certain time and remind you to listen to it one more time. It’s also very easy to remember, even a bit haunting, like heartbreak songs need to be.
We take a little break from all that movement to chill out with some hip-hop, here’s another track that was submitted to the playlist, Xavier’s “Dynasty”.
Benjamin Clementine has something to say, a lot to say. His art feels very personal and vocal, his singing is pure, sometimes even a bit raw. He seems willing to show you something and his way is not mysterious, he wants to shout it to the world, without fear, without regrets, without restrain but always with pure intention and beauty.
We now present you another track submitted to us on the musicto website.
This is Will Killen’s “In My Arms”, an emotional reflection on a past relationship and the nostalgia brought by separation, the different stages of grief brought by a break up, beautifully portrayed by a guitar, a violin and two great voices.