Strains of Lachrymosity

Like a lot of people, I categorize my music by mood. This post is about those I use to fuel–or at least revel in–depression. Some songs’ lyrics have no apparent significance, but most are total clich?s. I’ll list the least likely first, of course. Hopefully just listing them will give me some insight, but being almost completely obtuse when it comes to the inner workings of my psyche, I doubt they’ll be anything more than chaff. Music that inexplicably depresses me:

Everclear – I Will Buy You a New Life (I do NOT want someone to buy me a new life, or anything else.)

Jet Set Sattellite – The Best Way to Die (I don’t want to die from drugs or any of the like.)

The Long Beach Dub All Stars – Operation Ivy cover of Take Warning (Not the original, surprisingly, since I’m much more familiar with that one).

Tom Waits – Swordfish Trombone (Uhm…not a war veteran.)

Edwyn Collins – A Girl Like You

Tito & Tarantula – After Dark

Imua – Swing (Sometimes I play this song when I’m in one of those cheery moods, too)

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Stranded in the Jungle (bizarre love song–and awesome, too, but not really crying material. Except to me, evidently.)



Banality (actually, these songs are anything BUT):

Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah

Delbert McClinton – I’ve Got Dreams To Remember

Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Susan Tedeschi – Just Won’t Burn

Koko Taylor – That’s Why I’m Crying (oh, DUH.)

Saffire, The Uppity Blues Women – Silent Thunder In My Heart

Etta James and Dr. John – I’d Rather Go Blind (B.B. King & Friends…at the Ebony Theater, I think)

Dinah Washington – Trouble In Mind

Little Walter – Quarter To Twelve (My favorite Little Walter song)

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me to the End of Love

Live – What Are We Fighting For?



Okay, I know there are tons more, since I have more than a dozen “mood” CDs in that category.  And yes, I do mark them as such.  These are all marked with a big X and a number.

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