It’s been an emotional week. When, on Monday night, I heard that Robin Williams was dead, I surprised myself by feeling real sadness for this guy I hadn’t known. Because, of course, it felt like I had known him, and many of us felt that way; as I watched responses pour in on Twitter and across the internet, it was clear that we all felt like Robin had a special place in our lives, and none of us expected to lose him.
This loss that we’re collectively experiencing is just one of many emotional upsets that are, I’m sure, happening to us each individually. As human people, our lives are filled with events that elicit sadness, joy, nostalgia, fear, love, etc, etc, etc. One thing that can help as we deal with these Life Moments, though, is music, and I’ve recently developed a theory that for every emotional moment in your life, there is a Paul Simon song to help you get through it.
Paul Simon: like Robin, a dude who has had (and continues to have) an incredible, decades-spanning career (his first Grammy came in 1968, for Simon and Garfunkel’s album Mrs. Robinson), and who has subsequently been a huge part of all of our lives. We might not take note of it regularly, but this voice is one that plays in our heads when we’re not paying attention, and should be present when we’re happy and when we’re sad. Here is a playlist to soothe your soul.
Disclaimer: some of these songs include Garfunkel. Can you blame me? Keep reading »