It’s the story of a Sidney Crosby who’s not only incredibly gifted in hockey, but also in his ability to connect to other people’s minds. Unfortunately, he never gets the training he needs to manage his psychic ability because hockey. And it’s the story of Evgeni Malkin, who’s also incredibly gifted in hockey, but was born without the psychic ability to connect to others.
My contributions to this fandom are never going to be via writing or art, but sometimes, when a story really gets to me the way Fastening One Heart did (so many feels!), I start hearing the story in some of the music I listen to. And then I start rummaging through my music library for more music that does the same. It takes a while and a lot of iterations/drafts, but sometimes I end up with a respectable playlist that captures part of how I felt whilst reading the story.
I finally got brave enough to share the playlist with thefourthvine and to my immense delight and gratitude, she liked it and completely got what I was trying to capture about her story, which I think is, at its most basic, about the journey through painful self-discovery to hope and maybe even joy and love.
Allow me to present the Fastening One Heart playlist, which isn’t available via 8tracks or such because it would violate their licensing restrictions (hmph, five Cloud Cult songs isn’t too many songs by a single artist/band - there can never be too much Cloud Cult!):
Papercuts - The Thin Ice (Pink Floyd) (scroll down)
Andy Swan - The Sound of Snowflakes Falling
Shearwater - My Only Boy
Gary Jules - Falling Awake
Cloud Cult - Robot Lights Inside My Head
Cloud Cult - Turn Out the Lights
Bonnie “Prince” Billy& The Phantom Family Halo - The Mindeater
Nada Surf - Where Is My Mind? (Pixies)
Built to Spill - Goin’ Against Your Mind
Cloud Cult - Brain Gateway
Shearwater - Breaking the Yearlings
Josh Woodward - House in My Head
Cloud Cult - Room Full of People in Your Head
Calexico - Ocean of Noise (Arcade Fire)
The Oh Hello’s - Hello My Old Heart
Cloud Cult - You’re the Only Thing in Your Way
Woodpigeon - You’re My Only Home (The Magnetic Fields) (scroll down)
Shearwater - An Insular Life
Blue October - A Quiet Mind