Title: here (an astonishingly complete site if I ever saw one). Image, some serious bucket list material. [reverent silence]
I normally get annoyed by the mysterious “here’s a video . . . guess what I’m thinking!” posts. It’s almost fall. I’m thinking about beginnings, but I don’t have anything beginning (surprises? anyone?). That pretty much leaves endings, past, present, and future/projected.
So there’s removing the guesswork. I’m not adding any additional commentary, though. I know what each of these calls to my mind. Listen or don’t, and free-associate amongst yourselves.
In other words: the starting point is self-referential, but I’m not doing this to suggest you read my mind. Actually, really, seriously, don’t. Listen to a song or two and see if anything comes to you is more the point.
*I minimized heartbreak-type songs and went for the more general. No real reason; it just ruled out a lot of things that came to mind first. Much of Motown, for instance. At any rate, I was going for more general, less specific.
AV without Commentary
Spotify for the Whole Dang Thing:
Various Mama and Papas Preaching, Just Not The Mamas and The Papas
Roseanne Cash, “Runaway Train”
Gram Parsons, “In My Hour of Darkness”
J. Geils Band, “Where Did Our Love Go?”
Janis Joplin, “Me and Bobby McGee”
“Buffalo River Home,” John Hiatt
Kim Richey, “I Know”
“All the World Has Gone By,” Mimi Fariña
“I Wish I Was the Moon,” Neko Case
“A Rainy Night in Soho,” The Pouges (eh, tough call)
“I Wish It Would Rain,” The Temptations
My Personal Winners’ Circle, No Order Implied or Intended
If music can make you cry . . . well, I warned you. And I’m REALLY warning you about “Mercy Now.”
Johnny Cash, “Hurt”
Mary Gauthier, “Mercy Now”
Lucinda Williams, “The Night’s Too Long”
“I’m So Lonesone I Could Cry,” Hurray for the Riff Raff
“Bromptom Oratory,” Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (more tough calls)
“Christmas Lullaby,” Shane McGowan (not the album version/edit, FYI)
“Anna,” Arthur Alexander
“In Dreams,” Roy Orbison
“Wild Horses,” Flying Burrito Brothers
“Red Dirt Girl,” Emmylou Harris
In Conclusion: Top Three
“I Shall Be Released” (fragment), Flying Burrito Brothers
“Angel from Montgomery,” John Prine
“Paradise,” John Prine
. . . Eventually, I Shut Up. Incidentally, It’s 2:56 AM
Don’t mistake a list of “sad” songs as a cry for help, sadness, depression, or cynicism. Darkness (or some loose approximation thereof) is not always the dark night of the soul. Nor is it moodiness, artistic flair, and I’m running out of stereotypical associations here.
Topical free association can be fun. And it probably won’t kill you.
But I’m Not Going to Leave You There, Anyway
This is one of my favorites for radio tarot.
“Waitin’ on a Sunny Day,” Bruce Springsteen