If music be the food of love…

…then why do I enjoy music which is sad so much?

A couple of days ago I wrote about how I have deep, dark thoughts, by which I mean that I am fascinated by that darker side of human nature. I’ve been thinking about doing another music post for a while and this seemed like the perfect time to bring up some of the music which I love the most, but is some of the saddest.

What Sarah Said – Death Cab for Cutie
Death Cab are probably one of my favourite bands, and I missed out on seeing them live a few years ago. Of all their albums I like Plans the most because there isn’t a song on it that isn’t filled with a deep sense of true emotion. I think What Sarah Said might  be the most simultaneously painful and beautiful though.

 Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
Another beautiful, sad song, I feel like they capture the loss of a loved one so delicately in their lyrics, and I can imagine that if I was ever unlucky enough to lose someone close to me I’d probably wander round the house talking to them even if they weren’t there.

Hide and Seek –  Imogen Heap
No-one ever seems to really know what Imogen Heap is talking about, so I’ve heard different interpretations of this song. For me, it really reminds me of how I felt when I visited Auschwitz, the way it talks about shadows of what once was.

2am – Anna Nalick
This is actually a more positive message, in general, but some of the topics she deals with are downright dark, once again. The first verse (to my understanding, anyway) deals with abortion, and the second with alcoholism. Overall the message is “it gets better” which it does, but again what I appreciate most is her sensitive treatment of the subject matter.


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