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How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful

I have always loved Florence + the Machine and each album she’s released has been phenomenal.
I have a problem where I grow attached to older albums and I tend to be harsh towards newer albums until I soon become obsessed over the new album.

Florence’s album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” came out just as my best friend came home from a 6+ month treatment facility in Wisconsin. Florence is one of the many artists we blast on road trips, so it was natural for us to dissect her new album together.

Florence normally includes biblical and greek mythology references in her music and each song is full of beautiful harps, strings, etc. This album, however is full of brass instruments and is more “stripped down.” She said she listened to Taylor Swift’s advice and followed her heart on this album; it is a collection of songs of heartache from a bad relationship. Each music video is part of her Odyssey to getting over her relationship.

My favorite song in her new album is “Queen of Peace.” I included the video – the original music video is extremely intense, but there is a bit of nudity so I didn’t want to post it on here.

Queen of Peace
I purchased tickets to see her this summer (SHE’S AMAZING LIVE!!!) because 2016 has been full of tragedy and I felt this was a chance to spend time with my mother while we can. Florence has helped both of us during dark days, so it will be a nice getaway to see her in concert.
Are you going to any concerts this year? How do you connect to their music?

3 Replies to “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”

  1. AlliAnonymous3 says:

    Hey Valerie, I’m a huge Florence + the Machine fan too. Their son “No Light, No Light” definitely helped me through tough times. I’m so jealous you’re going to get to see her in concert this summer. I’ve never been to a concert myself, but it’s on my bucket list. Anyway, I don’t want to change the topic entirely, but I picked up on something you said about your friend. You posted that she was in a treatment facility in Wisconsin for 6+ months. Is she a minor? Was she shipped off to Wisconsin from CT (or another state)? I say this because not many people are unaware of the predatory nature of the Troubled Teen Industry, which consists of private “therapeutic boarding schools” and “wilderness programs.” I could be way off base, and I’m sorry if I am, but what you wrote made me suspicious that your friend was enrolled in one of those programs. They often operate in states such as Wisconsin, Utah, and Idaho, where they are almost completely unregulated. Check out any of the following sites for more info: reddit.com/r/troubledteens/, astartforteens.org, or helpatanycost.com. Anyway, like I said I could be totally off here, but if your friend was in one of these programs she will definitely need your support. Thanks for sharing, and have fun at the concert!

  2. Valerie says:

    Hi Alli,
    I just realized I never responded to your post. My friend went to an OCD treatment facility called Roger’s (not the Troubled Teen Industry). He did really well there and I actually know a few people who also went there and their OCD has significantly improved. If it had been the other program you had mentioned, I definitely be supportive because I know how ridiculous those centers are and how scary too.
    The concert was amazing…and I ended up going with that friend instead of my mom (long story). Florence was incredibly inspirational and truly made me happy to be alive. She shared her feelings of what it was like to fall in love, what heartache felt like, and how to accept each other for who we are.
    I definitely want to see her again!

  3. Michael says:

    Hi Val,

    I am so happy you had a great time at a concert, and found joy with Florence and The Machine!! I am sending great thoughts your way – may the rest of 2016 be awesome for you!

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