Not sure its really sad, melancholy maybe, but Neil Diamond Serenade. About as close as I can get. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lizrup8Nsbs&list=PLJNbijG2M7OyQ_ENa6UFRLP1SZL6I8Ypf&index=1 Some people never see the light until the day they die.
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Chet Baker in Jazz plays and sings the most sad melody renditions....
Try Billie Holiday in his last years....If you dont have tears look for a heart....
For violin: Barber adagio for strings.... My favorite....
Schindler list by Perlman....Also
I forgot spiegel im spiegel of Arvo Part...... The best there is....
with Gorecki tears symphony.....
These 4 are hard to beat..... 😥
Peter Warlock - The Curlew. Particularly the Ian Partridge recording but that sounds rather dated. Mark Padmore’s recording is much more recent and you get Vaughan Williams On Wenlock Edge and some William Blake songs too.
Peter Hammill (solo and with Van der Graaf Generator) has some fine moments of misery. The tract “Out” from Out of Water, inspired by the death of his brother for instance and “My Room” from Still Life (VDGG) come to mind and the album Over (once you get past the first track). He can be something of an acquired taste though.
Another swan piece, this time Sibelius The Swan of Tuonela from the Lemminkäinen Suite - play this at my funeral.
I'm familiar with some of the music suggested, but not all. I made a mistake in my original post. It's "A Good Year for the Roses", not day. Man's wife is walking out the door and all he can think of is; Oh well, it was a good year for the roses. That's sad. What do you people do when you're not feeling good about your world? Do you listen to music that will help you bottom out before trying to scratch your way back up, or do you immediately reach for some bubbly pop tune like Taylor Swift or Beyonce? I just can't do that stuff, or country. No offense intended to any country music lovers.
This collection of Bach Cello pieces by Janos Starker is so dark for me that I can't listen unless I'm in the right state of mind, but man is it moving and beautiful.
If you like rock music, Wilco makes some great somber music. A Ghost Is Born stands out, as well as Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
I'm probably going to have to start a thread on the happiest music ever recorded to recover from all these sad suggestions. This appeal of mine to music that more accurately reflects life also applies to movies. I detest Hollywood feel good movies with happy endings. That could be a topic if we included discussions of the scores.
Thank you, @cal91. This is a great thread. Some of the grenade throwing on these forums can become wearying at times (most of the time), and then, reading the above, I am reminded yet again that the readers of these forums have an amazing collective knowledge about music, our raison d'etre.
+1 for Barber, Johnny Cash's "Hurt" and Schindler's List
Satie's Gymnopédies fall into this category for me. Melissa Etheridge's "You Can Sleep While I Drive" has such sad, tragic yearning, in the same way Springsteen's "Atlantic City" is like a stab in the heart, at least to me. There is a lot of bourbon drinking music above. Thank you for the stocking stuffers.
rafevw...YES!! There are times on these forums when everyone comes together to contribute in a positive way (well, in this case a depressing way) and it feels good. It restores my faith in humanity. I used to tell my kids that people are just looking for a reason to be helpful and show kindness. All you have to do is be courteous and respectful. I wish I could live up to my own words at all times, but unfortunately, sometimes I fail.
mahgister, MC & others...Last night I listened to Bruckner, Diamond, Gymnopedies, Sea Change, Melanie, Pan's Labarynth, The Swan, Barber, I listen to Mozart's 40th at least once a week, Nimrod, Joni Mitchel's Clouds, Elger's Elegy. I had to go to youtube videos for many of them. I also listened to Joshua Bell's Romance for the Violin. I'm not a big Bell fan, and the recording is overproduced, but it has a lot of selections that fill the bill. I will continue trying to find other recommendations that have been made. Now I am sufficiently depressed and I thank you all for a job well done.
Some of my old reliables:
Bach: Air on the G String, Largo ma non tanto, Cello Suite 1
Beethoven: Moonlight Sonata
Debussy: Claire de Lune
Chopin: Pretty much take your pick, especially Nocturnes
Albinoni: Adagio for Strings and Organ
Delibes: The Flower Duet
Jeff Beck: Cause We've Ended as Lovers
Simon and Garfunkel: Scarborough Fair/Canticle
Greg Allman: Multicolored Lady
Van Morrison: Into the Mystic
Neil Young: Old Man
Stevie Ray Vaughn: Life by the Drop
Alvin Lee: The Bluest Blues
Peter Gabriel: Biko
Beatles: Eleanor Rigby, Yesterday
Lennon: Working Class Hero
Gordon Lightfoot: Circle of Steel
Dylan: It's All Over Now, Baby Blue, Tomorrow is a Long Time, I Shall be Released
My daughter also says the same about my music tastes.....Erik Satie’s piano music is great for a rainy Sunday afternoon. Ralph Vaughan Williams', Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis is wonderfully evocative in a nostalgic way. Gorecki’s 3rd Sympathy is essentially classical Slowcore and unbelievably emotive....For more modern slowcore, Sun Kil Moon’s - "Ghosts of the Great Highway" (2003) is hauntingly beautiful and has a strong melancholy touch in an early Neil Young kind of way. The whole album is a keeper but Carry Me Ohio and Duk Koo Kim are standouts. Also check out "Casimir Pulaski Day" from Sufjan Stevens’s album, "Chicago"; a simple tune that has the uncanny ability to result in copious amounts of dust getting into ones eyes.....
I went through many years of ignoring those sad songs thinking they tended to lower mood and metabolism.
However, during the lockdown I decided to build a playlist to keep those recreational walks and runs from getting too routine.
Surprisingly enough, they didn’t lower my mood. Quite often they had the opposite effect.
Here’s that list.
Sad Song Lou Reed
Alone Again (naturally) Diana KrallSend in the Clowns Frank SinatraBen Marti WebbBetcha By Golly Wow The Stylistics
Love is Strange (dub) Buddy Holly
Little Girl The Incredible String BandSenor Bob DylanHoney Bobby Goldsboro On Days Like These Matt MonroYou Only Live Twice Nancy Sinatra
Once Upon a Time in America Ennio Morricone
If I want really dark, then there's nothing better than Joy Division.
twoleftears...A Cohen fan. I was starting to think I was the only one. He was an incredibly interesting person which his lyrics clearly show. I mentioned "Alexandra Leaving" in my original post. It's a beautiful song that has multiple possible interpretations. Who was Alexandra? His wife? His daughter? An affair? Another favorite of mine is: "Night Comes On" which shows the mental illness he struggled with and acknowledged in an interview I watched. I had never heard of Cohen until I watched the first "True Detective". I thought the theme song was interesting so I did some research. By the way, anyone who is only familiar with "Hallelujah" from "The Lion King" has never really heard the song. It was Cohen's song and Disney should be ashamed for letting anyone other than him perform it.
cd318...Cohen does a great song called "You Want it Darker" another example of his conflicted religious beliefs.
i long have thought "once i was" [tim buckley] was a breathtakingly sad song. listening to yoshikazu meru sing "solveig's song" in swedish, also made the waterworks work overtime. likewise with maria callas singing "o mio babbino caro." hers was a singularly sad-sounding voice. "somewhere over the rainbow" sung in "the wizard of oz" made me wanna get drunk and blotto. "everybody's talkin' at me" and "without you" by Nielson likewise.
I should have spent the day with my family _ Avett brothers
John Wayne gacy - Sufjan Stevens (a song about a serial killer grim beautiful)
Carissa - sun kil moon
Wall and Hallways - josienne clark
Bob Iver - wolves
In fact breakup albums are always a fave too, artists do magic when they are f***** emotionally