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Music for the blues

  1. Nov 24, 2004 #1

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    What songs do you listen to when you're sad?
    The ones I prefer are:

    The Rain Song, by Led Zeppelin
    Roads, by Portishead
    Dexter's Tune, by Randy Newman (from the "Awakenings" soundtrack)
    Symphony #2, Third Movement, by Rachmaninoff
    Good Morning Heartache, by Billie Holiday
    I'm Through with Love (Marilyn Monroe sings this on the "Some Like it Hot" soundtrack)
     
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  3. Nov 24, 2004 #2

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    Pat Benatar seems to have a song for every gloomy mood.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2004 #3
    Depends on what's making me depressed but usually I resort to my Bad Religion collection;
    Boot stamping on a human face, sorrow, epiphany, Infected and 'I want to conquer the world' are all good.
    but my favourite is Boot stamping on a human face, it's very moving.
     
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  5. Nov 24, 2004 #4

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    Depending on the texture and context (never thought I'd write a sentence with two unrelated words, both containing the letters 'text'...but there's a lot of other stuff I've never thought of, either) of the blues :

    Dream Lover - Luther Vandross
    Everything about You - Ugly Kid Joe
    Wasted Times - Eagles
    Creep - Radiohead
    Yesterday - The Beatles
    First Cut is the Deepest - Rod Stewart
    Romeo and Juliet - Dire Straits
    Parisienne Walkways - Gary Moore
    Old Love - Eric Clapton
    Europa - Santana

    I guess I could go on...but I'll pause here.
     
  6. Nov 24, 2004 #5

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    As with Gokul, these depend on the shade of blue...

    Music for 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
    The Fields, The Sky by the Pat Metheny Group
    Boaimmas by Wimme
    Things Go On With Mistakes by The Black Heart Procession w/ Solbakken
    Girl from the Estuary by Adrian Crowley
    Buzzin' Fly by Tim Buckley
    Hello Earth by Kate Bush
    Lena Is A White Table by jane siberry
    A Night In by Tindersticks
    The Stolen Child by The Waterboys
    Thela Hun Ginjeet by King Crimson
    Music for a Summer Evening (Makrocosmos III) by George Crumb
    ...
    ...
     
  7. Nov 24, 2004 #6
    Frank Sinatra, but when I'm sad, which is rare, Send in the Clowns seems to be the right song for me.
     
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    Jazz has always positive influence on me.
     
  9. Nov 24, 2004 #8

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    Anything by Nick Drake or Spiritualized. Beck's Sea Change is pretty good, too.
     
  10. Nov 24, 2004 #9

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    Thanks for sharing those with me. I am going to shop for some CDs today. It's been a while since I have bought anything, so I was looking for some suggestions. I am in this mood to wallow in self-pity and gloom this week. It's the holidays, you know.
     
  11. Nov 24, 2004 #10

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    Nick Drake's Pink Moon album is the best for non-topical sadness. It can be applied to any situation in which the blues ensue. What exactly are you sad about?
     
  12. Nov 24, 2004 #11

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    So sad to hear you're sad. :frown: Holidays aren't for self-pity...you're not going to be spending it alone, are you? I'm having Thanksgiving dinner for all the folks living too far from family to spend the holiday with them (or those who want any excuse to avoid visiting their family). All the folks from abroad will still be on PF tomorrow, so you won't be alone at all!
     
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    Radiohead.
     
  14. Nov 24, 2004 #13

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    MIH, Tsu and I are going to be alone for Thanksgiving so we are planning a virtual Turkey Fest. (unless tsu ends up NOT alone and abandons me and I'm even virtually alone :cry: )

    You can join us!!!!! :biggrin:
     
  15. Nov 24, 2004 #14

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    For an entire album of bluesy, soulful, deep-throated songs, with just about every one of them good, try Cassandra Wilson's "New Moon Daughter." Besides her original contributions, she does some great redo's like Hank Williams "I"m so Lonesome I could Die," Neil Young's "Harvest Moon, and U2's "Love is Blindness." One of her songs, "Until" I cannot risk playing when I've got things to do because I listen to it too many times. So haunting, with a gentle bongo in the background and what sounds like an electric accordian (or maybe a concertina) accompany a soft guitar. Some of her verse goes:

    How can I change your mind
    unravel the mystery that confines . . . us
    Silence is hiding . . . the pain,
    deep in your soul, you must know
    Got to take a chance and let our spirits flow
    love is an illusive thing
    into every heart it sings

    Whatever it takes to make it right
    no matter how hard, I will fight for you
    I swear that's it's true
    I want the sweetness in life with you
    until this life is through.
     
  16. Nov 24, 2004 #15

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    Thanks, you guys. Yeah, I wish I could go home to Texas tomorrow, but I won't be able to go until Christmas. I miss my folks. I might have dinner with my friend and her family tomorrow - but I am sure I'll be checking in at PF for the virtual feast. Cool!
    I am much less sad today. Yesterday morning started off bad. I got called "ma'am" four times at Starbucks by the guy behind the counter. :grumpy: (I actually told him if he said it one more time I would reach across the counter and choke him. :devil: ) Then I had a test from hell last night so I came home feeling sure I'd blown it. That compounded my rotten mood and I started going through the CDs. (I got my test score this morning, though, and the test actually went just fine. *sigh of relief*)

    Les, I have never heard of Cassandra Wilson. Has she always been a solo artist?
     
  17. Nov 24, 2004 #16

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    Moonbear, that's sweet of you to throw a dinner for the "orphans". Is it a pot luck?
     
  18. Nov 24, 2004 #17

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    She is considered not just good, but a great artist by many other jazz musicians, and that is one of the best complements for a singer. She records on Capital's "Blue Note" label, which is reserved for the best artists. Her style reminds me of a sort of black Peggy Lee. Here's a website for you to check out: http://www.geocities.com/BourbonStreet/4587/cassandra.html

    I think Amazon also has clips you can listen to. If you call me right now, you can listen to her over the phone because I was foolish enough to turn her on to write down the words of that verse. Trapped!
     
  19. Nov 24, 2004 #18

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    I am listening to some samples of her right now - she does have a beautiful voice. She reminds me a little bit of Sade, and also Anita Baker.
     
  20. Nov 24, 2004 #19

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    For a very different kind of blues try Ali Farka Toure'. He's a folk/blues singer from Mali...and Ai Du from Radio Mali has some neat riffs.
     
  21. Nov 24, 2004 #20

    Tom Mattson

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    Songs to make myself happy, of course!

    Throw on some James Brown and get your mind off your problems.
     
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