Friday, March 30, 2012

Sad Songs Blogfest

Thanks to L. Diane Wolfe for this blog fest! A topic near and dear to my heart - music of all types. Sad music can inspire me to add elements or another dimension to stories.

These are my top 10:

Beck - Lost Cause
Haven't we all had someone we just couldn't give up on? And it nearly killed us to finally let go?

Pearl Jam - Black
A wrenching song about loss. No, I didn't just post it because I could look at Eddie Vedder all day.

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah
Another incredibly haunting song about lost love.

Joni Mitchell - River
This melancholy song can especially move me around the holidays.

The Avett Brothers - I and Love and You
Maybe not sad so much as poignant, a final desperate throwing yourself at fate, but fearing what's ahead, and fearing tearing yourself away from what you leave behind.

Sinead O'Connor - Nothing Compares to You
This stark video is all about bitterness and loss. It inspired part of my Christmas fantasy, Ground Rules.
Eric Clapton - Tears in Heaven
The backstory of this song's enough to make me cry.

Crowded House - Fall At Your Feet
My favorite radio station, WXPN, played this last week and it's been in my head ever since.

Johnny Cash - Hurt
Powerful and poignant. Sad but moving in its hope and strength, too. My Dad was a huge Johnny Cash fan, but I never appreciated his genius until after my Dad died.

Roseanne Cash - Black Cadillac
This song came out soon after my Dad died, and because I always associate Johnny Cash with my Dad, this was especially meaningful for me.

Grab a new box of tissues and go visit some more blogs participating in the Sad Songs blog fest.


Wendy Tyler Ryan said...

Interesting list. Some new ones for me. Tears In Heaven is showing up a lot.

Kate said...

A few new songs for me too, glad to see the avett brothers. You forget how many sad songs there actually are, not including all the angry sad songs.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

A wonderful list I love the Johnny Cash seems a favourite in this blogfest.


Cate Masters said...

Still working my way through the list, Wendy, but I imagine Tears in Heaven moves many people.
Love the Avett Brothers, Kate. And sad angry songs sometimes. :)
Haven't run across Johnny yet either, but I'm still looking!

Retro-Zombie said...

totally hit the right chord on your list...

Please Check out My Sad Song List...
Jeremy [Retro-Zombie]
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vic caswell (aspiring-x) said...

hurt, tears in heaven, and hallelujah- phenomenal! each one!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Splendid choices. I'm not familiar with that particular Crowded House song.

Cate Masters said...

Been to your site already, Jeremy. Loved the songs, especially Live.

It was a tough call between the Jeff Buckley version of Hallelujah and Rufus Wainwright. Both excellent, Vic.

Thanks Diane. Glad I could introduce you to that song. :)

Hart Johnson said...

Oh, nice choices. I could tell I'd like your list when you started with the alternative stuff! I like the other stuff, too, though there are a few I don't know.

Cate Masters said...

Thanks Hart! I loved your song choices as well.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

A lot of people picked the Clapton song.

Gossip_Grl said...

Just browsing the blogfest. Nice song picks.

J.L. Campbell said...

Good choices, really like Hallelujah.

Cate Masters said...

The circumstances behind the Clapton song were just heartwrenching, Alex. Every parents' nightmare.

Thanks, gossip girl and J.L.

M Pax said...

I do need a tissue after all those sad songs. Nice meeting you, Cate.

Fairday Morrow said...

Excellent post! I loved watching and listening to these sad songs. I knew most of them- but the Avett Brothers were new to me! Thanks for sharing.


Angela Brown said...

So many heart-wrenching, tear-jerker songs to choose from. I'm sure this is a helpful thing for someone needing a playlist for emotional inspiration for writing out the less-than-happy scenes.

Jennie Bailey said...

That is such a great song by Beck (Lost Cause). Hurt and Tears in Heaven are making the lists!! You've got a good one here!

Cate Masters said...

Some of them are definite tearjerkers, Angela.
Thanks Jennie - my dog Lily's woofing at your dog Lily. :)