David, 29 | Musician

Circa Waves – ‘Sad Happy’ [2020]

“This song helped to capture the ups and downs of my emotions throughout lockdown. Being so isolated from family and friends was an incredibly difficult thing for me, but there was an elation when I could be united with them again. There’s a lyric in the song, ‘The good times will come around’, and that gave me a lot of hope for the future. I think it helped to know that we were all in the same boat, and we were all having good days and bad days.”

Overcoming

Martin, 37 | Painter

Kaiser Chiefs – ‘I Predict A Riot’ [2005]

“Me and my mates have always loved this song, and it reminds me of hanging out, drinking beers and being at festivals with all my best friends. During lockdown I listened to it a lot whilst working as a reminder that things would be back to normal one day, and I’d soon be back in a muddy festival field with the boys.”

Friendship

El, 24 | Youth Worker/Student

Crywank – ‘Song for a Guilty Sadist’ [2015]

“I got heavily into Crywank throughout lockdown and found their honesty really helped me approach my own self reflection and discovery with candidness. This song stood out to me with its themes of feeling as though who you are isn’t enough, and the idea of trying to adapt to fit someone else’s desires but falling short”

Lost

John, 28 | Electrician

Phoebe Bridgers – ‘I Know The End’ [2020]

“I discovered this song during the first lockdown and it reminds me of sitting alone in my car at night when I couldn’t get to sleep, because I was feeling really anxious about everything that was happening. I still listen to it sometimes now, but it makes me a little sad.”

Uncertainty

Amy, 48 | Teaching Assistant

Gerry Cinnamon – ‘Canter’ [2020]

“I listened to Gerry Cinnamon on my daily walks throughout lockdown. The beat of this song is fast to walk to, and his lyrics are something that everybody can relate to, whatever your stage and stature in life. We definitely all know one… (Listen to the song and you’ll understand 😉)”

Upbeat