Songs for getting carried away by a river
Hi Matthew, I'm a recent convert to your blog and I am just so sorry that you are also a member of that club that no one wants to join. As someone who lost a child I am deeply moved by your eloquence, your bravery, and your honesty. You (and your wife)may find this article I wrote for the New York Times in 2013 useful: https://archive.nytimes.com/parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/03/03/a-high-functioning-bereaved-parent/.
I'm also a music obsessive (see www.AnEarful.blogspot.com) and looking forward to diving into this latest playlist - much that is unfamiliar to me!
Hello Matthew! As I always do, I opened your newsletter and found a surprise--my song's on it! Thank you for listening, sharing and caring~~~
I also want to respond to your curiosity about different approaches to making music. I was talking to an old collaborator of mine, who since college has become an NYC garage music producer. Per his genre, he relies on lots and lots of samples, calling the method a cop-out for songwriting but still meticulously searching for his very specific sounds. I feel more and more like artists make music in a process that works for their audience once they've built it--or at least that's our criteria--and the ways they handle each moving part reveal a lot about how they first started doing it.
And one more note: the song you put up of mine, "Little Life" is actually this scrap song/demo I wrote about an ex-partner of mine who passed to cancer. I was in deep mourning and wanted to say something I would say if he were around. That said, I kind of think grief and hope are melodic threads in music. Your story has stuck with me since I first read about it in your newsletter.
Thank you so, so much for sharing.
Excellent picks and once again...zero artists I’ve heard of. Thanks! Hope these continue forever