What’s on your playlist?

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I love music. Behind every song there’s an (often untold) story. Music speaks when you just don’t have to words to express yourself. And I think it heals the heart and soothes the soul. Music expresses what the world doesn’t know about me. When I was undergoing intensive therapy for my clinical depression and PTSD, music therapy was a big part of that. I actually think that was the best part of therapy for me.

So tell me what’s on your playlist at the moment? Let me know 🙂 I’m always looking for new music.

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment:

  • Lost in the Trees – Past Life (look at the music video above – love this band!)
  • Sylvan Esso – Coffee and Hey Mami
  • Young Fathers – Low
  • The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition and Science of Fear
  • Broods – Never Gonna Change and Bridges
  • Anything by Radiohead 🙂
  • Thirty Seconds to Mars – Up In the Air
  • Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
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Country roads and shooting stars

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I think this video made to Death Cab For Cutie’s Passenger Seat is so beautiful. It is one of my favourite songs and the video makes the song extra special for me. It’s one of those tunes that gets right into your soul. The music makes me feel like I want to go on a long road trip to a remote place where I can drive with my window down. It reminds me of a beautiful place called Hogsback in the Eastern Cape. It talks about things I love like dark country roads and shooting stars.

I’ve battled through some difficult days recently and then it helps to listen to this song. I think everyone needs that one song that can make everything better. It soothes my mind and helps me gain perspective again. Music is wonderful – sometimes it is the best thing to help with depression and anxiety because it helps me to feel. Where words fail music speaks.

If you haven’t heard anything by Death Cab For Cutie, go and find them. It is an alternative rock band and their music is just amazing.

Rattlesnakes and mind control

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My St. Vincent album arrived today! It is absolutely stunning and now it’s on repeat on my playlist. Fantastic music, beautiful melodies and amazing lyrics.

I like how the music is arranged – it is complex and raw and kind of nervy and grating at times. It sounds synthesized, but most of the music is acoustic instruments played by musicians, just heavily processed. And I love the brass instruments on the tracks – Digital Witness has a lot of that. And just when you think you get the track, it suddenly changes and surprises you with something new. But what’s also nice is that the album isn’t all dark – it’s also got playful moments and I like that.

I love every track on the album. But here are two of my favourites. The opening track Rattlesnake, and Digital Witness.

This is good music.

I read about the album and this is what Annie Clark (her stage name is St. Vincent) said about it:

“I like when things come out of nowhere and blindside you a little bit. I think any person who gets panic attacks or has an anxiety disorder can understand how things can all of a sudden turn very quickly. I think I’m sublimating that into the music.” (Wikipedia)

And that’s probably why I like this album so much. It speaks to that part of part of me.

If you want to listen to an interview with Annie Clark about this album, take a look at this podcast: Ambien Dreams And Naked Desert Walks: St. Vincent On Her New Album