Week 247: “Northumberland” by Ditte Elly


Everyone’s got that one friend who keeps falling for the same type of person over and over again.

As a friend, it’s painful. You see it coming, you watch it happen, you know how it’s going to end…but you know that no advice you give will stop it from happening. Giving advice would just make them mad at you, and then the inevitable break-up would somehow be your fault. It’s like that “Groundhog Day” movie.

Well, I’ve got a solution for you. Instead of risking your friendship through blunt and unsolicited relationship advice, try to subliminally introduce your friend to the music of Ditte Elly.

Apart from being highly talented, Ditte Elly seems to have embraced the theme of recurring mistakes. The first song of hers I heard was a sad little tune about relationships called “I Tend to Travel in Circles”. Then came her 5-song EP entitled, “We’ll Meet Again”, which includes a song called “We See Circles”. Repetition and heartbreak seem to be her central motifs. Even her name sounds like the word “ditto”.

Okay, that last one’s a bit of a stretch. But I’m sure that your friend, the one who suffers from negative-relationship-recursion, could benefit from the therapeutic powers of Ditte Elly. Start playing her music in the background. In the car. Put your speakers against the wall of your friend’s room while they sleep.

You can’t stop people from falling for a “type”, but you can at least soften the pain with some beautiful music.

What makes this a beautiful song:

1. It’s got finger-picked guitar…which I’ve fallen for before.

2. It’s got lovely harmonies…which I’ve fallen for before.

3. It begins and ends with the sound of waves…which I’ve fallen for before.

Recommended listening activity:

Going to the store and buying a type of candy you’ve never tried.

Buy it here.