Heartstopper

So, the soundtrack.

I loved it. Vital, vibrant, and deeply emotional. Brilliant placing throughout of sounds that added layer, depth and meaning to every scene. I'd only ever heard of two of the 35 odd artists featured before, so it's been wonderful discovering new (to me) talent.

My sountrack highlights:

Baby Queen - Want Me
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Beabadoobee - Dance With Me
Orla Garland - Why Am I Like This
Chvrches - Clearest Blue
Shura - What's It Gonna Be
Mxmtoon - Fever Dream
Sunflower Bean - Moment In The Sun
Chairlift - I Belong In Your Arms (Photek Remix)

...and I've expanded my Heartstopper musical universe with a selection of 'inspired by watching...' songs, avoiding as best I can more conventional ballads / love songs...

Alison Moyet - Love Reign Supreme
Brandon Flowers - I Can Change
Cigarettes After Sex - Kiss It Off Me
Craig Armstrong - Let's Go Out Tonight
Dina Carroll - Someone Like You (Quiet Money Mix)
Dragonette - Believer
Eddi Reader - Semi Precious
Isak Danielson - Always
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jack Savoretti - Catapult
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Jerry Burns - Pale Red
Jordan Hart - She Goes
Jordan Hart - Show Me Yours (Acoustic Live)
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (Live)
Landon Pigg - Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop
Madonna - X-Static Process
McAlmont & Butler - Falling
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
The Mission - Like A Child Again (Remix)
Morten Harket - There Is A Place
Pet Shop Boys - It Always Comes As A Surprise
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Sarah Brightman - Deliver Me
Semisonic - Secret Smile (Remix)
Shane Mack - More Than This
Sufjan Stevens - Mystery Of Love
Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
Transvision Vamp - Landslide Of Love
Voice Of The Beehive - I Think I Love You
Will Young - Silent Valentine

^ weepie to euphoria to weepie to euphoria and on, Heartstopper style. Blending soundtrack and inspired by lists creates my very own Heartstopper Top 40, and I'm relishing immersing myself in the full emotional tsunami on a regular basis.

Alison Moyet - Love Reign Supreme...


Cigarettes After Sex - Kiss It Off Me...


Jordan Hart - Show Me Yours (Acoustic Live)...


The Mission - Like A Child Again (Remix)...


Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know...


Melan-phoria blissfulness!
 
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So, the soundtrack.

I loved it. Vital, vibrant, and deeply emotional. Brilliant placing throughout of sounds that added layer, depth and meaning to every scene. I'd only ever heard of two of the 35 odd artists featured before, so it's been wonderful discovering new (to me) talent.

My sountrack highlights:

Baby Queen - Want Me
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Beabadoobee - Dance With Me
Orla Garland - Why Am I Like This
Chvrches - Clearest Blue
Shura - What's It Gonna Be
Mxmtoon - Fever Dream
Sunflower Bean - Moment In The Sun
Chairlift - I Belong In Your Arms (Photek Remix)

...and I've expanded my Heartstopper musical universe with a selection of 'inspired by watching...' songs, avoiding as best I can more conventional ballads / love songs...

Alison Moyet - Love Reign Supreme
Brandon Flowers - I Can Change
Cigarettes After Sex - Kiss It Off Me
Craig Armstrong - Let's Go Out Tonight
Dina Carroll - Someone Like You (Quiet Money Mix)
Dragonette - Believer
Eddi Reader - Semi Precious
Isak Danielson - Always
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jack Savoretti - Catapult
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Jerry Burns - Pale Red
Jordan Hart - She Goes
Jordan Hart - Show Me Yours (Acoustic Live)
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (Live)
Landon Pigg - Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop
Madonna - X-Static Process
McAlmont & Butler - Falling
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
The Mission - Like A Child Again (Remix)
Morten Harket - There Is A Place
Pet Shop Boys - It Always Comes As A Surprise
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Sarah Brightman - Deliver Me
Semisonic - Secret Smile (Remix)
Shane Mack - More Than This
Sufjan Stevens - Mystery Of Love
Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
Transvision Vamp - Landslide Of Love
Voice Of The Beehive - I Think I Love You
Will Young - Silent Valentine

^ weepie to euphoria to weepie to euphoria and on, Heartstopper style. Blending soundtrack and inspired by lists creates my very own Heartstopper Top 40, and I'm relishing immersing myself in the full emotional tsunami on a regular basis.

Melan-phoria blissfulness!
I really think they should have added this one, too. It fits almost too perfectly. I kind of unofficially add it to the canon in my head.
 
So, the soundtrack.

I loved it. Vital, vibrant, and deeply emotional. Brilliant placing throughout of sounds that added layer, depth and meaning to every scene. I'd only ever heard of two of the 35 odd artists featured before, so it's been wonderful discovering new (to me) talent.

My sountrack highlights:

Baby Queen - Want Me
Wolf Alice - Don't Delete The Kisses
Beabadoobee - Dance With Me
Orla Garland - Why Am I Like This
Chvrches - Clearest Blue
Shura - What's It Gonna Be
Mxmtoon - Fever Dream
Sunflower Bean - Moment In The Sun
Chairlift - I Belong In Your Arms (Photek Remix)

...and I've expanded my Heartstopper musical universe with a selection of 'inspired by watching...' songs, avoiding as best I can more conventional ballads / love songs...

Alison Moyet - Love Reign Supreme
Brandon Flowers - I Can Change
Cigarettes After Sex - Kiss It Off Me
Craig Armstrong - Let's Go Out Tonight
Dina Carroll - Someone Like You (Quiet Money Mix)
Dragonette - Believer
Eddi Reader - Semi Precious
Isak Danielson - Always
Jack Johnson - Better Together
Jack Savoretti - Catapult
Jennifer Paige - Crush
Jerry Burns - Pale Red
Jordan Hart - She Goes
Jordan Hart - Show Me Yours (Acoustic Live)
Jose Gonzalez - Heartbeats (Live)
Landon Pigg - Falling In Love At A Coffee Shop
Madonna - X-Static Process
McAlmont & Butler - Falling
Merril Bainbridge - Mouth
The Mission - Like A Child Again (Remix)
Morten Harket - There Is A Place
Pet Shop Boys - It Always Comes As A Surprise
Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
Sarah Brightman - Deliver Me
Semisonic - Secret Smile (Remix)
Shane Mack - More Than This
Sufjan Stevens - Mystery Of Love
Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know
Transvision Vamp - Landslide Of Love
Voice Of The Beehive - I Think I Love You
Will Young - Silent Valentine

^ weepie to euphoria to weepie to euphoria and on, Heartstopper style. Blending soundtrack and inspired by lists creates my very own Heartstopper Top 40, and I'm relishing immersing myself in the full emotional tsunami on a regular basis.

Alison Moyet - Love Reign Supreme...


Cigarettes After Sex - Kiss It Off Me...


Jordan Hart - Show Me Yours (Acoustic Live)...


The Mission - Like A Child Again (Remix)...


Tracey Ullman - They Don't Know...


Melan-phoria blissfulness!


Love this inspired by list! And like others have mentioned, the soundtrack has opened my eyes to so many incredible songs and artists I’d likely never have otherwise heard of.

I feel like Siobhan’s ‘Sometimes’ from Ghosts would fit amazingly well on this too

https://youtu.be/RMbZ9zBX2fg
 

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Well, this is a journey.
Yesterday I went to my doctor for a reference for therapy.
Today I'm wondering if I really need it. Not because I'm feeling that much better but because I've spent a lifetime trying to 'fix my feelings' and maybe I'm already right where I'm supposed to be? Maybe all these emotions need is to be felt without me analysing every bit of them or trying to push them back where they came from?
I've been quite disconnected from my emotions in general (which may be part ASS but possibly also the big disconnect between who I am and who I feel the world wants me to be). Last few years have been pretty much me being poised in the daytime and the anger/sadness coming out at night after a few beers. In a way I actually feel relieved to now be feeling this much sober, possibly feeling the most in touch with 'me' in years?

Also did some soulsearching thanks to some replies plus Walt Odets Out Of The Shadows: Reimagining Gay Men's Lives (not the easiest read but strongly recommended) and came to 2 conclusions:

1. I'm far from as selfaccepting as I though I was. I always thought I was 'out' and that's that but then..
- 7 years ago I worked with a band I admired and when the male members kept making gay jokes (and one asked me if a certain girl wasn't something for me): I said nothing.
- 3 years ago I had a crush on a guy and was still pretty damn scared to tell him in case he'd be straight and the rejection would go far beyond just 'not being interested'.
- in some fucked up way I still consider it a compliment when someone tells me they didn't expect it after I tell them I'm gay. I also still watch the way I move and walk (or hate it when I see videos of myself) although that's sometimes just 'to be safe', but even that's pretty messed up when I think about it.

2. I really could have used a friend back in high school. (and still could)
Sure, I did have some friends, but more than a sweeping romance I could really have used someone who just got me. Where I felt safe enough to be me. I didn't relate to my male friends. I just posed to fit in. Tried to enjoy things I didn't. Always felt like the odd one out or loser because I didn't.
It was a lot better with female friends but still: we weren't going through the same thing or experiencing the exact same thing. And by the time that at 19 I finally got to meet other gay people I was more preoccupied with hoping one of them would be into me than trying to properly connect or reflect on any shared 'trauma'. (To be fair it wouldn't have exactly screamed 'fun at parties' if I had, but in hindsight.. it wouldn't have hurt?) In a way I guess there's also a certain confusing aspect to the people you're attracted to being the ones you have the most in common with because they're potential friends and dating material at the same time, if that makes any sense?
And even in the gayscene the sense of being the outcast, the more introverted one (which might not even be who I'd been if it wasn't for the years before), the one who was too serious about everything never, quite went away.
Fastforward to 2022 where I consider meeting a therapist because I basically don't want to risk rejection by any of my friends because I talk too much about what I'm going through. So much for progress.

Anyway, I guess more even than the love story what got to me in this show is the fact these boys, even with the bullying and everything, have the confidence to be themselves with a bunch of people around them who seem to get and support them for the people they are. Plus they got eachother.
I had a female friend who laughed at me for listening to Steps because 'that's for girls' and a mother who forced me to tell my father because it would be a burden for her to keep it a secret and she wasn't going to do it for me. Perhaps not that odd I'm a little sad right now, huh?

Thusfar my essay about my Heartstopper blues.
Now I'm possibly off to make an edit of the show to Gold Forever, because I haven't cried enough yet.
 
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So my friend made a good point, we probably won’t see a renewal announcement until at least June. Netflix loves to wait the 28 days out to see figures (there’s no way this doesn’t get renewed) but the renewal in June can drum up interest again in those waiting to watch it to see if it got another season.

Plus it’s Pride month; easiest PR win possible.
 
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