The presentation I choose to talk about is Susan Impellizziari’s playlist. Her topic was music and grieving. In her presentation Susan did a really good job by explaining what grieving is in a short and simple understanding way. She chooses songs that show different stages of grieving. I find this very interesting because a song that can connect to grieving the loss of a loved one can also relate to a different stage of moving forward from it. In her presentation Susan talks about the song “Ave Maria” by Franz Schubert, she relates to this song because it was her and her grandfathers song. After he passed away she listenings to this song to remember him, but most importantly the song brings back specific memories that helps her grief in a healthy way because while music holds memory music also hold emotion. the second song Susan choose is “I’ll See You Again” by Westife, this song demonstrates the acceptance phase of grief and is a great choose to close off her playlist topic.
I did not choose this topic but if I did a song that I would have put on my playlist would’ve been “Suppermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran. I would’ve chosen this song because it speaks about grieving someone and compares the passed loved one to an angel. The song is written from the acceptance stage of grief and we see this when Ed Sheeran sings, “He’ll say, ‘Hallelujah, you’re home'”. But the song also helps listeners get to that stage of grief where they can move on. The second song I would’ve chosen to put in my playlist would’ve been “Wake Me Up When September Ends” by Green Day. This song speaks about the passing of one of the bandmates father, but in the song the lyrics mention, “Seven years has gone so fast Wake me up when September ends”. This lyric stands out a lot because it shows how much of an impact the lose of a loved one can make on someones life. People take different amount of time to grief a passing and sometimes before they even realize years have gone by, and this is an experience that the band shares in this song. This song stands out a lot compared to the rest of the bands songs because instead of sounding so pop-rock it sounds very soft and very similar to The Beatles.