Week 5: Damien Rice

“I Hate Loving You…”

This week’s theme for my Spotify playlist couldn’t be more accurate as when I asked my dear and precious Your Favorite Enemies bandmates if they had any song suggestions. They all told me something like: “It will be difficult for you to pick only a few songs for your playlist, as almost all the music you listen to is a long wrist-cutting soundtrack of death itself having an everlasting suicidal heartbreak”. So, as you can see, it’s always inspiring to commune with them, especially on very spiritual matters such as assembling a playlist… Oh, well! I love you nonetheless!

One thing is for sure though, is that I read every single story you attach to the song suggestions you send me, from inspiring let go, stopped abusive cycles, breakups that led to finding very special loved ones, identity crisis turned identity affirmation, cheating tragedies, cheating forgiveness, up to rejoicing moments of relationship toxicity coming to an end… It was really moving, touching and humbling to read it all. Really, thank you again for your trust, you are really generous with me.

Week 5
Feature: Damien Rice

This week’s feature is Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice, one of the most poignant artists I have ever had the great privilege to see live. It’s difficult for me to explain, but there’s something about the way he shares, he exposes himself. His songs don’t have to be confessional for me to feel a sort of magnificent honesty in them. The way his words aren’t all wrapped up in shiny pink or bleak type of clichés has an incredible resonating effect in me, it touches me right to the soul every time. And to know that he’s presently at sea, sailing and writing music with friends creates some envy and a desire to lose myself into a new drifting wind of my own… soon! 🙂

Note: I thought Gwen’s suggestion was awesome, and she allowed me to share the story behind her choice with you, so there you go: “He was a real as*hol*, the day I kicked him out was a BEAUTIFUL day. End of the story”.

Couldn’t resist sharing 😉

  • 1. Damien Rice – 9 Crimes
  • 2. Damien Rice – Rootless Tree
  • 3. Damien Rice – Me, My Yoke, And I
  • 4. Damien Rice – Lonelily
  • 5. The National – Terrible Love
  • 6. EELS – It’s A Motherfucker
  • 7. Elliott Smith – Happiness/The Gondola Man
  • 8. Sigur Rós – Svefn-G-Englar
  • 9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps
  • 10. Me Mom and Morgentaler – Your Friend
  • 11. Mazzy Star – Into Dust
  • 12. Daughter – Dreams of William
  • 13. Jose Gonzalez – Stay Alive
  • 14. Nazareth – Love Hurts
  • 15. Radiohead – Exit Music (For A Film)
  • 16. U2 – Beautiful Day
  • 17. Indochine – J’ai demandé à la lune
  • 18. Smash Mouth – Why Can’t We Be Friends
*As the playlist is updated every week, the songs listed in this blog might no longer appear on the playlist.
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