Friday, January 9, 2015

Turn on those sad songs.

Sometimes I need a good cry.

Music is very important to me and music makes me cry. Music makes me cry a lot, probably more than most people. Certain songs some make me really sad in a very happy way -- it's weird. Here are a handful of ones that get me -- put the needle on the record. I will cry, it will happen. 

*Side note -- this list does not list the obvious cry-songs; including but not limited to:

  • The entire "Les Misérablessoundtrack.
  • That song by Train that talks about finding yourself via fried chicken and the "best-soy-latte-that you-ever-had."
  • Any background music from "Terms of Endearment" "Rocky" or "The Elephant Man."

But duh, those are pretty obvious, right?

"King of Pain" by the Police.
I was never the biggest Police fan but something about this song always got me and still does. It's kind of haunting, those same piano chords over and over, that "klink klink" that sounds like water dripping on a tin can, and Sting saying things like "There's a rich man sleeping on a golden bed, there's a skeleton choking on a crust of's a pretty heavy, little-black-spot-on-the-sun-today song. Poor Sting. He'll always be the King of Pain.


"You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones.
Because, of course.

"I Guess That's Why They Call it the Blues" by Elton John.
This song is just so pretty to me. And sad. And so pretty. And Stevie Wonder plays the harmonica on it. I love my '80s Elton John -- "Empty Garden (Hey Hey Johnny)" gets me big time too. I of course also loved this epic video on MTV when I was younger. When Elton sings the "I simply love you more than I love life itself" part my heart aches real bad. That's a good song.


"Wish You Were Here" by Pink Floyd.
Didja think "Comfortably Numb" was gonna make me cry? Nope. It's this one that makes me think of college (naturally) and my roommate playing this in our living room on his guitar. Good lord, that's depressing. Don't think of that. It really is a lovely song.

"Gypsy" by Fleetwood Mac.
Stevie is all feathers, lace, crystal balls, leg warmers, spinning in circles and splits in front of antique mirrors in this video and she's beautiful. It's more melancholy than sad, but it’s all Stevie -– and her voice is so fantastic it makes me teary.

After listening to these four songs I am exhausted and nostalgic and sad and happy. I will sleep well tonight under a warm blanket of pretty melodies, memories and images of Stevie Nicks dancing with three little faerie girls on the edge of a cliff.