Spreading Sadness through Songs

11 May

About a week or so ago I got pretty down about one thing or another (dentists are such disappointing people) and I compiled a little playlist of my sad songs to sob to in the bath tub.  My playlists are always so erratic.  After a few days, however, I noticed how cool it is that many of those same ‘sad’ songs can also make me feel better.  My ‘pick yourself up’ list is quite similar to my ‘sad’ list.  Not too sure what that says about me but, hey, at least it helps to change my mood.

Of course, the end-all cure-all is still dance ’til you feel better (thanks James Brown) but the dance playlists will have to wait.

Here is my last week’s mood in music:

Dog’s Hymns – Low Red Land

Dramamine – Modest Mouse

Heart Skipped a Beat – the XX

Let’s Dance – M. Ward

Marlene on the Wall – Suzanne Vega

En Tus Pupilas – Shakira

Fade Into You – Mazzy Star

Mulholland – Shearwater

No One Said This Would Be Easy- The Postmarks

Cross Bones Style – Cat Power

Drug – Czars

Kettering – The Antlers

The Dress Looks Nice On You – Sufjan Stevens

Abandoned – Lucinda WIlliams

Always On – Zaza

Common People – Pulp

I’m So Lonesome Could Cry- Hank WIlliams

The Blower’s Daughter – Damien Rice

Fake Plastic Trees – Radiohead

All Your Jeans Were Too Tight – American Music Club

With Bells On – Cross My Heart

Bermuda Highway – My Morning Jacket

Fountain And Fairfax – The Afghan Whigs

Lover, You Should’ve Come Over – Jeff Buckley

You’re a Wolf – Sea Wolf

Bankrupt On Selling – Modest Mouse

Better Off Alone – The Black Angels

Stay Golden – Au Revoir Simone

Do You Realize – The Flaming Lips

Ghost in This House – Alison Krauss

John Wayne Gayce, Jr – Sufjan Stevens

In My Time of Need – Ryan Adams

Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

Upward over the Mountain – Iron and Wine

He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s the Pilot – Grandaddy

…isn’t it lovely how music works?

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