Fear Inside of Love


It is common belief that love is the strongest emotion. The idea that it can conquer all is instilled in us and we know it to be the foundation upon which many build their lives on. Yet, even inside of love, there is something else tugging on the heart obscured under our sleeves. There is fear. We forebode that the ones we love may leave, that we are loving with no reciprocation, and that we are repeating past mistakes that have left sour scars on our skin. And the fear - or, perhaps, the dread - that those you love will eventually bow out of your life in some way. That is why I think fear is the strongest emotion, not because it can stop love, but because it blooms inside of it, too.

So here’s to us. We have chosen to love, not simply in spite of, but alongside fear. These songs are acknowledging just that. We are all in love, whether in eros, philia, ludus, agape, or pragma, and that is worth memorializing.

No One Else - Phillipa Soo (from Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812)
We Don’t Believe What’s On TV - Twenty One Pilots
X & Y - Coldplay
The Only Exception - Paramore
Haze - Tessa Violet
Departure - Thao & the Get Down Stay Down
Sick of Losing Soulmates - dodie
When He Sees Me - Sara Bareilles

Click here to listen to the playlist on Spotify.


Text and Visual by Danielle Leard

8 comments

  1. i'm really glad you touched on this topic with music because this fear+love thing has been really prominent in my life rn and i love music that i can resonate with!! love this

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    1. I'm glad it's applicable to you! I think a major cause that music so prominent in our lives is because we resonate with it, and if you find this music resonates with you, it means the world to me. (:

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    1. Thank you Quin!! I love your pieces, so that means a lot to me.

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  3. what a great concept, well chosen songs and gorgeous collage. Absolutely love this

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    1. Thank you so much, Esther!!

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  4. thank you so much for this! this is what i've been feeling so much recently and just... thank you!

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    1. No problem at all! This has been on my mind for a while, so I'm glad I'm not alone in that. (:

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