Aug. 13th, 2010

Day 4

Aug. 13th, 2010 01:54 am
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Day 01. Your favorite song - Peg, Steely Dan
Day 02. Your least favorite song - Takin' Care of Business, Bachman Turner Overdrive
Day 03. A song that makes you happy - Donkey Rhubarb, Aphex Twin
Day 04. A song that makes you sad - This Woman's Work, Kate Bush
Day 05. A song that reminds you of someone
Day 06. A song that reminds you of somewhere
Day 07. A song that reminds you of a certain event
Day 08. A song that you know all the words to
Day 09. A song that you can dance to
Day 10. A song that makes you fall asleep
Day 11. A song from your favorite band
Day 12. A song from a band you hate
Day 13. A song that is a guilty pleasure
Day 14. A song that no one would expect you to love
Day 15. A song that describes you
Day 16. A song that you used to love but now hate
Day 17. A song that you hear often on the radio
Day 18. A song that you wish you heard on the radio
Day 19. A song from your favorite album
Day 20. A song that you listen to when you’re angry
Day 21. A song that you listen to when you’re happy
Day 22. A song that you listen to when you’re sad
Day 23. A song that you want to play at your wedding
Day 24. A song that you want to play at your funeral
Day 25. A song that makes you laugh
Day 26. A song that you can play on an instrument
Day 27. A song that you wish you could play
Day 28. A song that makes you feel guilty
Day 29. A song from your childhood
Day 30. Your favorite song at this time last year


This one was tough. Songs don't really make me sad.

There are songs that make me weep, but that can be for many reasons. A turn of phrase is sometimes enough, like the end of Iron & Wine's Passing Afternoon. I had to stop trying to play it on the guitar because I can't choke out:

a baby sleeps in all our bones
so scared to be alone


Jon Brion's Meaningless does it too, though I don't know why. It's not sad. It's not emotionally laden at all. It just sets me off for some reason:

Liberty raised her hand to us
as if to say,
"It's okay. Live today. Live today."


There are songs of yearning, and songs that catch my breath in my throat (Runs In The Family). But none make me "sad". There might be something wrong with me. The closest I could find was this song of regret.

Yes, it's a blatantly manipulative John Hughes clip. But I believe that this scene better serves the song than Bush's own video, which is similar, but... meh. At least, my emotionally supercharged 20 year old self* thought so.



Runner-Up: Still Fighting It, Ben Folds



*And you can thank me now for not recalling back to my seven year old self and embedding Wildfire.

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