A playlist of sorts emerged, and if there's a theme, it is that 'release' I was searching for. All of these selections push whatever internal button I have that lets some pressure escape through the valve - whether it's through sheer beauty, infectious joy, distraction and agitation, highly-wrought emotion or catharsis … you'll probably realise which tunes belong to which category! But all of them rocket me out of my universe and into theirs, which was very much the point.
I hope you enjoy the line-up. YouTube videos come and go from time to time, so I've also added a Spotify version of the playlist at the end.
Let's go: "It is YOU..."
Toots and the Maytals: 'Pressure Drop'
Schubert: 'Impromptu D899, op.90, no.4' (performed by Maria João Pires).
Laurie Anderson: 'O Superman'.
Duparc: 'Chanson triste' (performed by Elly Ameling, Dalton Baldwin).
Portico Quartet: 'Clipper'.
Debussy: 'Reverie' (performed by Jean-Efflam Bavouzet).
Belle and Sebastian: 'Play for Today'.
Arvo Pärt: Fratres (performed by the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra).
Amayenge: 'Munise Munise'.
Olivia Chaney: 'IOU'
John Adams: 'Phrygian Gates' (performed by Ralph van Raat).
Procol Harum: 'Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)'.
Miles Davis: 'Shhh / Peaceful'.
Wagner: 'Lohengrin, Prelude to Act 1' (performed by Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Andris Nelsons)
Daft Punk: 'Giorgio by Moroder'.
Paul Simon: 'Hearts and Bones'.