MusicStayOnTop will not play music to cheer you up (there is enough of that all over the Web). I sometimes include a song when it can illustrate a specific subject or post: because the artist in some way – melody, lyrics, voice, atmosphere – translated an aspect of depression into music. Or just because the song has something to do with the topic of a post.

    If you start the music player below, it will run a playlist with songs that were featured here at StayOnTop.


(click the green “Play” button – if it does not work, install Flash)


    If you want to read some of the original posts with more information and background, here is a shortlist:
• Second Winter: with Second Winter by Patty Moon
• Fallen Tree: with Melody of a Fallen Tree by Windsor for the Derby
• A Tragic Life: with Weighted Down by Alexander Spence
• Disillusion: with The Ballad of Lucy Jordan by Marianne Faithfull
• Old-Fashioned Morphine: with Old-Fashioned Morphine by Jolie Holland
• Valentine’s Way: with Valentine’s by George Azzi
• Whitney Houston – Xanax?: with I Look To You by Whitney Houston
• Grief Is Not Depression: with Grief by Modern English
• The Shame of Richard Manuel: with Tears of Rage by The Band
• Floored: with Pop Goes the World by Barcelona
• Too Sad To Cry: with Too Sad To Cry by Imelda May
• The Face of Depression: with La Llorona, twice: by Joan Baez and Tish Hinojosa
• Never Born: with Veda’s Waltz by Christine Fellows
• Search Sites: Stupid!: with Searching My Soul by Vonda Shepard
• Dead Beauty: Elizabeth Siddal: with The Ballad of Lizzie and Rossetti by White Fire Sky
• Dissecting an Emily Autumn Song: with Take the Pill by Emily Autumn
• Weather Report: with Bad Weather Blues by Little Toby Walker
• Sentimentality (Aivazovsky’s Sea): with Sur by Susana Rinaldi
• Sylvia Plath: Bell Jar: with 2 O’Clock in the Morning by Swati
• Beating Depression: Florence Nightingale: with Lady with the Lamp by Jerry Garcia
• The Bright Side: with Always Look on the Bright Side of Life by Monty Python
• Suicide in Art: Two Cultures: with All Apologies by Nirvana
• That Sinking Feeling…: with Sinking by The Cure
• Appointment With Yourself: with Ani ma’amin by Medusa
• Futile Regret: with No Regrets by Edith Piaf
• Postnatal Depression: Dangerous?: with Paper Gown by Caroline Herring
• Hospitalized…: with Room Service by Hey Negrita
• 50 Years Ago #2: Thorazine: with Psychosis by Poets of the Fall
• Want to Sabotage Psychotherapy?: with Psychoanalysis by Melanie
• 1000 Shades of Green: with Green Grass by Tom Waits
• Letter to Medea: with an aria from Luigi Cherubini’s Media, by Maria Callas
• Suicide Prevention Days: with Rock’n Roll Suicide by David Bowie
• Dorothy’s Jump: with Freedom (tribute to Frida Kahlo) by Blue Café
• Autumn: with Kleine Meydele by Klezmofobia
• Self-Portrait: with Penso Que Já Não Existes by António dos Santos
• One Of Those Problems… with Talk by Uness
• Orestes: with an aria from Gluck’s Iphigénie en Tauride, by Ernest Blanc
• Floods: with The Flood by Katie Melua
• The Hat of Narcissistic Depression: with Goodbye Pork Pie Hat by Charles Mingus
• Sorry for the Interruption: with Perfect Day by Lou Reed

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1818 Wakefield Lunatic AsylumNov 23, 1818 –
Opening date of the West Riding County Lunatic Asylum in Wakefield (near Leeds, UK). This became one of the largest and most prominent asylums of Victorian England.
   Between 1818 and 1860, its capacity grew from 150 to 1100 patients. Under the direction of a “phrenologist” (practicing a very primitive form of neurology) they got “moral treatment” and “therapeutic employment”.
   The original 1818 building still exists, but the interior has been converted into residential apartments.

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