Blaenavon

Everything reminds Me Of Her

[Elliott Smith]

It's funny to choose such a sad song as my TORCH SONG, but it just cheers you up when you realise someone has felt exactly the same way as you do now.

When we were offered the opportunity to be involved in CALM's Torch Songs project, I was always going to choose Elliott Smith. Now - because he's my number 1 dude of all time, selecting one of his dozens of perfect songs was a trickier prospect. 'Everything Reminds Me of Her' brings me back to autumn 2014, spending all of my time with someone I was very in love with and although things came to a bit of a sad end, I'll listen to this song and remember the good old times, reminisce, feel content in my nostalgia. Obviously the main message of the song hits home pretty hard, but it's some of the other imagery that affects me the most. I don't know how he got some of the most beautiful, abstract lines to fit so sweetly in this kind of rhythm: "the spin of the earth impaled the silhouette of the sun on the steeple". Also the instrumental breaks hold some of the most touching guitar playing I've heard. It's funny to choose such a sad song as my torch song but it just cheers you up when you realise someone has felt exactly the same way as you do now. It helps knowing that what's happened to you isn't the end of the world - someone else has been through it - and whilst Elliott's tale ended so sadly, I think his music has saved a lot of people from a similar fate.




Frank Turner

This Year

[The Mountain Goats]

Deadwall

Philadelphia

[Neil Young]

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The refrain “I am going to make it through this year if it kills me”, is perfect for shouting out loudly, to yourself or to others, during the darker times.

I first came across CALM and the work they do a few years ago when my friend Dan wrote a moving piece about his struggles with mental health. It was all the more affecting for me because, despite being pretty good friends with Dan, I was not aware that he'd had issues to deal with. It was an eye-opener for me, a perfect introduction to the importance of the work that CALM does. I was flattered to have been asked to be involved with Torch Songs. My choice of song was easy - “This Year”, by Mountain Goats. I had a rough time of it in 2014 and 2015, for various reasons, both personal and professional. That song arrived in my life during that time and quickly became my battle anthem for surviving the slings and arrows. The refrain “I am going to make it through this year if it kills me”, is perfect for shouting out loudly, to yourself or to others, during the darker times. Music has always been a sanctuary for me, as it is for many people. Torch Songs is a wonderful way of highlighting that and trying to make a difference in the campaign against living miserably.

 
 

Blaenavon

Everything reminds Me Of Her

[Elliott Smith]

It's funny to choose such a sad song as my TORCH SONG, but it just cheers you up when you realise someone has felt exactly the same way as you do now.

When we were offered the opportunity to be involved in CALM's Torch Songs project, I was always going to choose Elliott Smith. Now - because he's my number 1 dude of all time, selecting one of his dozens of perfect songs was a trickier prospect. 'Everything Reminds Me of Her' brings me back to autumn 2014, spending all of my time with someone I was very in love with and although things came to a bit of a sad end, I'll listen to this song and remember the good old times, reminisce, feel content in my nostalgia. Obviously the main message of the song hits home pretty hard, but it's some of the other imagery that affects me the most. I don't know how he got some of the most beautiful, abstract lines to fit so sweetly in this kind of rhythm: "the spin of the earth impaled the silhouette of the sun on the steeple". Also the instrumental breaks hold some of the most touching guitar playing I've heard. It's funny to choose such a sad song as my torch song but it just cheers you up when you realise someone has felt exactly the same way as you do now. It helps knowing that what's happened to you isn't the end of the world - someone else has been through it - and whilst Elliott's tale ended so sadly, I think his music has saved a lot of people from a similar fate.