London Grammar

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I downloaded London Grammar’s first Album, If You Wait, about 10 months ago. I couldn’t stop listening to it.

I know with new music, I do give it some good repeat airplay, but this length of time and amount of repeating surprised me.

At first, I found favourites in the songs “Hey Now” and “Wasting My Young Years”. This then shifted to “Shyer” and “Strong” and, most recently, to “Metal & Dust”. But “Interlude” has been a particular favourite all along.

So what is it about this music for me?

I find it calming, inspiring, breathtaking and motivating; a most amazing collaboration.

I introduced it to course teacher during these early discovery days, and he called it intoxicating. I asked him the following day how many times he had played it through that night. ‘Four’, he said, but he noted that he was ‘trying not to play it too much’. So it wasn’t just me on whom it has this effect.

But upon reflection, what I found most amazing about it was the timing of this music release and, therefore, the effect that it had on my life. I had obtained the Album just months before a trip to Thailand. In Thailand I had three days to myself before my group of friends turned up and played it in my hotel room, and a familiar sensation washed over me. It felt like I had something of ‘home’ here with me in this faraway place, captured in the music. This was especially interesting as, at the time, I was only a few months into living on my own after my marriage breakdown, so nothing ‘at home’ really felt like home at the time; yet, here it was, in this music.

I had injected all that was familiar to me into the sounds of the music’s notes and lyrics. it inspired me, called to me and directed me. It was everything I needed to hear, and, I guess now, upon reflection, I see that I managed to pull myself through a difficult time because of the escape it provided.

As things got better, I reduced it to a backdrop only playing it every now and then, as I awoke and went to sleep. Then, as I made my 3,000-kilometer move, it stopped. The lifeline of support wasn’t needed as I had found my own two feet.

I came across it going through my music list about a month ago and played it again. It gave me no sense of home this time. It provided no comfort. I no longer needed that from it.

I continue to listen to it now as I do any of my other favourite music, but I thank the trio of talented youngsters who made this music for giving me comfort when I needed a feeling of home and some inspiration to move forward.