Monday, March 7, 2011

sad songs say so much.

So the other day I was looking on my friend Tyler's  facebook page and noticed he had undertaken a new and exciting facebook time suck. [Tangent: I am completely on board with some facebook time sucks like posting pictures of your celebrity doppelganger or composing a list of 25 little known facts...but I in no way condone YoVille/Sorority Life/Frontierville/Farmville etc; ad infinitum. If I were into that kind of thing, I would go all 6th grade on you people and play Sim Farm for hours a day.] This new time suck, proposed by Tyler, was the 30 Day Music Challenge, and because I love music and challenges I thought, "Let's do the damn thing!"

I started going through the list of 30 categories and faltered at the first day's challenge : Post a video of your favorite song. I was out before even beginning....I don't have one. Seriously, to me that's like having a favorite color and I haven't really had either since I was 8. [Tangent: At that time, It was "Please Don't Go, Girl" by NKOTB and hot pink, respectively.] The other categories came much easier:  a song from a band you hate [Photograph by Nickelback]; song from your favorite band [Colorshow by The Avett Brothers] and guilty pleasure song [Anything by Neill Diamond or John Denver]. Those came to me instantaneously. 

And then somewhere around day #4, I see "Songs that make you sad," which I interpret as "tunes that slalom you into a Great Depression."  My Ipod is filled with what my friend Binkley has coined sad bastard music, so I called my sister for help in narrowing it down.

Me: So, Kelly...what's a song that always depresses you?

Kelly: Comfortable by John Mayer...Martha by Tom Waites..really anything you would put on a breakup mix tape.

Me: Oh...I was thinking more along the lines of "Adrian" by know the song that says, "An unfortunate accident and a Canoe (pronouced kuh-new)...Doctors said I'm sorry...not much I can do" That's a horrifying damn song. [Tangent: See below for the eerie semi-anime video that was made by an apparent superfan of 'The Jewel.']

Kelly: Oh wow. Yeah you are going for super tragic. In that case- I will go with Independence Day by Martina McBride. Fire. Domestic violence. It's got it all.

Me: Ooooh. I think I got the winner. One by Metallica. Hands down winner. End of story. Nothing is more unsettling than the idea of a soldier having no arms, legs, hearing sight, speech. Even thinking about the music video scares the daylights outta me. 

Kelly: Why did you have to remind me of this video? And how did we watch that and Enter Sandman as grade schoolers and not cry? 

Me: Remember...he couldn't communicate, but you could hear his inner thoughts and he just rocked on the gurney with that weird thing on his face as doctors hover over him?

Kelly: Dammit. I had completely forgotten about the inner thoughts. Now I am gonna be depressed for the rest of the day, and possibly unable to sleep. Thank you, Kimmie, for ruining my day. [Tangent: Not the first time and not the last that I have heard this...]

I then hung up the phone and my mom chimed in with a slew of oldie-but-goodie, tragic songs, reminiscing about that period in the late 50's early 60's where car crash jams were all the rage. like "Last Kiss", "Leader of the Pack" and "Teen Angel". [Tangent: Let's mark this as the darkest music trend ever. I guess I shouldn't complain so much about Ke$ha songs.]

So, what's the point of this blog? I have no idea. But, I would like to know what songs you would pick. [Tangent:..and if you clicked above on the link for "One" and I ruined your sincerest apologies. Its like that movie The Ring...once you watch it, it pretty much ruins your life.]


  1. i'm glad someone else hates the song photograph as much as i do. the video makes it even worse. and how could you not mention tears in heaven? that is a sad freaking song.

  2. I love Jewel. She sounds so much like her aunt.

  3. Horrifyingly Sad Songs? Yes, please!
    For My Submissions:
    "Brick" by Ben Folds Five
    "Don't Take the Girl" by Tim McGraw [Yes, I took it there.]
    "Long Black Veil" by Lefty Frizzell [although I discovered it through Rosanne Cash, and cannot take credit for knowing the original artist off the top of my head, I had to throw in some haunting folk.]
    "I Will Follow You into the Dark" by Death Cab for Cutie [Apparently Ben Gibbard was ready to go all "Romeo", in the literal sense, for some girl. Cheer up, King of the Emo Kids.
    Damien Rice, especially "Grey Room" and "Cheers Darlin"
    the entire Once soundtrack

    I feel like that's a good start, don't you?


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