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A song you listen to when you’re sad.  There are two ways I can go with this – songs I listen to when I’m sad and want to feel better or songs I listen to when I’m sad and want to stay sad.  I’m going to go with the latter since yesterday was happy songs and you can answer the first part of that with yesterday’s list.

I have playlists for this too (of course). I actually have a playlist called “Wallowy Pumpkins” which is comprised solely of slow, depressing Smashing Pumpkins songs. I have a playlist called Depression as part of my 5-stages-of-grief series.  I have a playlist simply called “ow.” (as in ouch, my heart hurts, poor me!)

This is one of the worst/best from the wallowy Pumpkins mix.  It’s also the most-recent Pumpkins song to receive a mention on the 30-day list. It’s got that awesome gritty BC power whine.

There are dozens of Iron and Wine songs that fit well into this category. Especially the pre-Shepherd’s Dog stuff.  This one is particularly sad:

The Weepies are always a good choice if you’re sad and want to say sad.  As their name implies, they’re good for crying to – they have said in interviews that making people cry is one of their goals.  Well, I guess it’s more allowing people to cry or encouraging to let those emotions out.  Not like haha suckers I’m going to make you BAWL LIKE A BABY!

Adele has said that about “Someone Like You” though.  She loves seeing the stage guys cry when she sings it.

But the winner for this one was clear to me from the get go. Ani takes this category too. I can feel this one.  I can envision it because it’s all such familiar territory. Airport pickups are always a little awkward, even without the pain and drama the folks in this song are going through.  It’s the issues that come up at the end of any relationship – the why this didn’t work reflection time.  It’s just so simple and pretty.  Plus I’m a sucker for a sad piano.

No one on YouTube posted the whole song.  You can’t cut the first two minutes of piano!

Ani DiFranco – You Had Time

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A song from your favorite band.  I know many of you are expecting Smashing Pumpkins here, but I just can’t say they’re my favorite band anymore.  I know, I know, get out your fans and clutch your pearls ladies.  While I still love their catalog (Remember day one? Soma is my favorite song!), these days, Iron and Wine has my heart.  And just like I met Billy Corgan when I was at the height of my obsession, I met Sam Beam as well.  If you’ve talked to me in the past four years I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. 😉

The “a” song is difficult.  One of my favorite recordings from them is actually a cover, Love Vigilanties, but I can’t do that because that would ignore all of their amazing original songs. I have multiple years and albums to consider, but I think I’m going to go with something off the new album, but I’m still going to cheat a bit.  Here’s Half Moon from Kiss Each Other Clean, but it just so happens to be at the first song of the Tiny Desk concert he did for NPR.  So, I mean, if you *want* to keep watching you totally can.  I love the album a lot, but there are a few spots where I think Sam’s voice is a bit over processed.  I don’t think I’d feel this way if I hadn’t heard it live first, but when I heard Rabbit Will Run I was just so excited to know that I would own that song soon, but the album version is distorted, and I want the stripped version as well.  I will probably get that at ACL Festival this fall though – that will be fantastic.

Wait, what?  You want the live version of Rabbit Will Run too?  Ok, fine.  Don’t ever say I ‘ve never done nothin’ for you.


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