Thursday, March 29, 2012
Sad Songs Are Often Dream Songs
How could I resist this? Diane at Spunk on a Stick is hosting a Sad Songs Blogfest so I'm in. After all, on April First A Faraway View will begin the month long A to Z April Challenge and since my theme for April will be about dream music, this blogfest fits right in. The way I see it, sad songs make for good dream music I could go on and on with sad songs, but I'll stick with six sad songs to make it alliterative.
Make It All So Real Steve Forbert gives a dynamic performance of one of the best story songs ever. It's not just a song about sad songs, but a song with a sad story. Writers should take a listen to this ultimate work of flash fiction put to music. This song always stirs me inside and gives me watery eyes.
Lalena Originally written and performed beautifully by Donovan, I particularly like this version from my favorite Deep Purple album. Sometimes called the "loudest rock and roll band", Deep Purple goes jazzy, smooth, and soft with a heartbreaking song that is a character study of a woman who seems to be a prostitute.
Pavane for a Dead Princess -- With this title you know it's going to be sad. This is a dreamy piece by impressionistic composer Maurice Ravel. The video is pretty dreamy as well. Listen to this and tell me that you don't feel a bit melancholy and wistful.
Round and Round Neil Young is a master of writing sad songs--so many to chose from. I chose this one because it makes me feel sad, but it's a beautiful sad. Sad is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just a part of life.
Knowing That I Loved You So This song may be by a group with a goofy name, but it has a hauntingly sad sound that really grabs me.
String Quintet in C Major, 2nd Movement --Perhaps not officially a song, its composer Franz Schubert is considered one of the great songwriters of the 19th century. This movement of the quintet never fails to stir up a sad feeling within me, but it also leaves me feeling very peaceful inside. Another one of my all time favorite pieces of music. I think it's worth the investment of time to listen to it.
To visit other participants in the Sad Songs Blogfest go to the Spunk on a Stick blog. Remember--posting for the fest officially begins on Friday March 30th.
Be here on Sunday April 1st as my musical A to Z dream journey begins. I have some great music lined up for the month.