Playlist: Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers
First thing, you may have noticed the change in blog name, or rather, the reversion back to the original name. Now that my first (but definitely not my last, I’m completely hooked!) MS 150 ride is in the books, I didn’t think the cycling centric title was totally representative, so I am back to the original, which I was always rather fond of anyway.
Two quick music thoughts for you.
The first is a song so monumentally good, so important, as to render everything that has been done or will be done in the future irrelevant. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Come On by The Hives. What I wouldn’t give to have a writing credit for the “lyric” to this tune. Take a bow gentlemen.
Secondly, I dug up one of my very favorite playlists last night for a friend who was looking for some music that she could kick back and have a good old fashioned wallow with. I’ve written before about the cathartic pleasure of wallowing around and embracing the sad through music, so I won’t repeat myself here except to say that if I’m feeling down or depressed, the last I want to do is listen to a punch of peppy, happy songs and try to forget what’s happening. Instead, I’d rather embrace the sadness head on, wallow around in a bit, and then move on. What better to do that than with some sad songs about heartbreak, loss, and alienation? Most great music (or any art for that matter) comes from a bad, dark place. Besides, without the lows how are you supposed to know how good the highs are supposed to be?
Don’t believe me, take this simple test. Take your favorite band, and think of their best “depressing” song. Got it? It’s probably pretty stellar. Now, do the same with their best “happy” song. If you are me you have REM and the answer to the first question is the amazing Sweetness Follows (which is on the playlist below). The answer to the second is Shiny Happy People. Case closed.
Anyway, here’s the playlist, Sad Songs for Dirty Lovers (name very lovingly borrowed from the excellent National album that provides the opening track) which you can listen to in full by clicking that Spotify banner on the right. Enjoy, and take some time to embrace the sad every now and then. It’s good for your soul.
Lucky You – The National
Pale Blue Eyes – The Velvet Underground
I Wish I Was the Moon – Neko Case
Black – Pearl Jam
How to Disappear Completely – Radiohead
I’m Not the Man – 10,000 Maniacs
Atlantic City – Bruce Springsteen
In the Sun – Joseph Arthur
My Last Song to Jenny – The Avett Brothers
Making Believe – Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons
If You See Her, Say Hello – Bob Dylan
The Winner Takes it All – Abba
Reel Around the Fountain – The Smiths
Crucifixion Cruise – The Hold Steady
Act Naturally – Buck Owens
I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times – The Beach Boys
Let Down – Radiohead
I Still Miss Someone – Johnny Cash
Divorce Song – Liz Phair
It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career – Belle and Sebastian
I Know It’s Over – The Smiths
Gloomy Sunday – Billie Holiday
It Won’t Hurt – Dwight Yoakam
The Mess We’re In – PJ Harvey
So Cruel – U2
Can’t Hardly Wait – The Replacements
Everyday is Like Sunday – Morrissey
She’s a Jar – Wilco
Sweetness Follows – REM
Love Hurts – Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons
Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down – Johnny Cash
Street Spirit – Radiohead
About Today – The National