Took some time chatting with an old friend the other day. I’m sure we all have people like her in our lives, but talking with her always leaves me a little bummed out. Not because I find her to be a drag or anything.
She’s the kind of person who makes herself felt in absence. Moments spent with her are so instinctual and frictionless that the weight of the atmosphere feels burdensome by comparison. It’s only in absence that the fulness of her presence is revealed. She’s cursed in a way (or I am!) to leave longing in her wake (or to be tortured by it!). White caps crashing down over 100 blue hearts beating all for her.
You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. Joni. I urge you to please, notice when you are happy. Kurt.
Well, it’s just as important to have something to listen to when you just don’t feel as good as you should. When you’ve got a little bit of ex-wife, husband, love, partner, friend, whatever blues. Here’s a little something for you to wallow in.
I had a real good lover – The Shouting Matches
This is a great shouting song by a little known band that includes Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon among its members. It’s melancholy, with some heavy guitar backup. Perfect for wailing away if you want to play along, or wailing out the window on the highway if you want to sing along.
Meet me in the morning – Bob Dylan
One of my favorite Dylan songs off of my absolute favorite Dylan album, Blood on the Tracks. I love the line, “Look at the sun/Sinkin’ like a ship/Ain’t that just like my heart, babe/When you kissed my lips?”
I wish I didn’t miss you – Feist
I’m a big fan of Leslie Feist. Ever since Rachel Popow let me listen to Let It Die on her earbud in the Starbucks on 33rd and Walnut in Philadelphia, I’ve been hooked. Her newest album is my quadrennial reacquaintance with the melancholy Canadian crooner, and this track takes the cake for sadness on an album whose lead single was “Pleasure.”
All of me wants all of you – Sufjan Stevens
Sufjan Stevens has a return to form in Carrie & Lowell, which saw him expound on the loss of his estranged mother while reconnecting with his acoustic roots after the deviation of Age of Adz. “All of me wants all of you,” a eulogy delivered to lost love, is some of Stevens’ most hypnotic, puzzling work on the album.
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