• Saddest songs

    12 Jan 2010, 00:31 by UCHalcyon

    For the past fourteen years (since I started using Napster in middle school), one of my persisting online preoccupations has been finding cripplingly sad songs. The kinds of songs most people generally avoid, outside of awful circumstances and situations of extreme duress. On the other hand, there are those who can listen to little else. In either case, I thought this might be a thing worth sharing. One thing I've found to be true is that there isn't a great deal of overlap in the kinds of songs different folks find to be sad. There are infinite shades of sorrow, and although the soul-broken depression of Jandek's "Down In A Mirror" is pretty far-flung from the simple sadness found in a song like Jewel's "You Were Meant For Me," there isn't anything more real/legitimate/"authentic" about one or the other's sadness. Jewel and Jandek are both going to die. We're all going to die, and there's nothing any of us can do about it. …