In yesterday’s post about songs that make me happy, I found it very easy to think of multiple songs and had to restrain myself not to include more. But today I find it harder to think of a song or album that makes me sad, because what I find is that I have particular music I listen to because I am sad, but that music does not, in itself, make me sad through listening to it. Even downbeat albums often make me happy or content – I guess I like to indulge in the sound of the melancholy quite often, and if I feel the same beforehand then it becomes a comfort.
So I am only going to name one album for today’s entry, an album which I guess could make me sad, although mostly I have listened to it when I’ve already been down. This album is the debut album by Bon Iver, titled For Emma, Forever Ago, which was released a few years ago and swept many listeners away with its beautiful and heart-breaking songs of lost love. Interestingly, the frontman for the band, Justin Vernon, had apparently gone through a break-up as this album was written, while later he would found love again when working on his second album, which ended up a lot more upbeat.
Although the song “Skinny Love” is perhaps better known, I have chosen to put up the song “Flume” – the album’s opening track – as I personally find it a much more haunting and sad song, and it immediately establishes the tone for the rest of that album. But, to be honest, the whole album is very beautiful and well worth a listen if you haven’t managed to hear it yet.
Are you a fan of this first, more downbeat album by Bon Iver?
What songs or albums make you sad, or do you listen to when you’re sad?