There are times in a day, or a week, or a month where your emotions get the best of you and all you want to listen to is sad instrumental music. Or at least, that’s how it goes with me. Piano music is peaceful and understanding, like they reach depths inside you that no one, or nothing, has ever reached. When I, personally, get into these moods, these three songs are my go to, the ones I put on repeat and lay in my bed for an hour and think.
“War of Hearts” – Ruelle
The main reason people adore this song is because of the show “Shadowhunters”, played on Freeform, where it played in the background as Alec and Magnus – two opposites that should not love each other – finally accept that they’re meant to be. But to me, it speaks deeper. The piano and violin together find a way to the deepest depths of my soul, evoking emotions I barely knew I had. Though a fan had rewritten the music into an instrumental cover, it might be even more beautiful than the original that included words. This song doesn’t need words for listeners to understand the meaning. You won’t be disappointed with the results.
“Moon Trance” – Lindsey Stirling
A mix between violin playing and dubstep, what could be better? With little words – more like ah’s – and a wicked bass drop, this song one of those upbeat tunes that will take you on a wild ride and cause you to dance in your seat. I’m pretty sure what makes this song even better is the music video. Lindsey Stirling walks into a graveyard where “Thriller” esque zombies come out as she tries to fend them off with her violin. This catchy tune will give rise to an addiction of instrumental music and listening to the rest of her original songs.
“River Flows in You” – Yiruma
To put simply, “River Flows in You” is a beautifully done classical song. With delicate notes that fits perfectly in place, Yiruma knows how to embrace so many emotions into one song. This one in particular sends chills up spines as his fingers flawlessly cascade across the piano keys. At times sweet and slow, it progresses strongly as it moves forward, representing the epitome of love. This song doesn’t need an introduction or words at all, just a pure heart and head that’s open to figuring out new ways to love different music.