Music to soothe the soul

This year music has taken on a bigger role in my life – as a distraction, an outlet, a healing force. Throughout the pandemic, before, during and sort-of-after lockdown, there has been so much fear, worry and sadness. I have been luckier than many, but I have still needed something to help with my anxiety and before we got a puppy (who both helps and adds to the anxiety, if I’m being honest) the cure for me was music (and hugs from Tim). So I want to highlight some of this year’s new music that has spoken to me.

Right at the start of the UK lockdown, BBC 6music played two tracks a lot that felt particularly appropriate: “People I’ve been sad” by Christine and the Queens and “Is it real?” by Bombay Bicycle Club.

There have been songs that filled me with joy just when I needed it, particularly “Take back the radio” by Katy J Pearson.

Songs that made me cry, sad tears and positive ones, which covers “Flowers of Neptune 6” by Flaming Lips and anything by Arlo Parks but especially “Black dog”.

And of course the powerful political statements musicians are making in musical form, such as “The people could fly” by Malibu Shark Attack and last week’s release from Janelle Monáe, “Turntables”.

Tim would like to add that his 2020 musical pick, aside from the above, is the lockdown album released by the Dandy Warhols: Tafelmusik Means More When You’re Alone.

What music is helping you through this year?