The Reverse of Happy

I tried to follow up yesterday’s exercise with the opposite. The same rules apply except for the techno one, with one fudge. I honestly can’t remember putting Teardrop on a mix cd, but the way I love that song, I can’t believe it. Maybe I just never shared it with anyone.

A couple other things I realized while compiling this list:

  • I don’t have a lot of depressing music in iTunes. I know I have more at home that I haven’t ripped yet, but it wasn’t handy to grab right this minute.
  • A lot of stuff I thought was depressing really isn’t. Morphine? Except for a couple notable exceptions, they’re not depressing at all. The songs are sometimes, sexy, other times ironic or cynical, and sometimes just plain bouncy.
  • Ben Folds and Phish both throw some great woe-is-me classics in between the happy poppy stuff. Evaporation on Whatever and Ever Amen is amazing, as is Dirt from Farmhouse

Here it is, a CD I whimsically call Depressed as Hal:

Title Artist Album
II. Lento E Largo – Tranquillissimo Henryk Gorecki Symphony No. 3
Everybody Hurts R.E.M. Automatic For The People
Dirt Phish Farmhouse
I Grieve Peter Gabriel Up
Trouble Coldplay Parachutes
Sour Times Portishead Dummy
Don’t Change Your Plans Ben Folds Five The Unauthorized Biography Of Reinhold Messner
Gone For Good Morphine Yes
Teardrop Massive Attack Mezzanine
Evaporated Ben Folds Five Whatever and Ever Amen
Passacaglia/Bud And A Slice Joe Jackson, feat. Brad Roberts – voice, Judy LeClair – bassoon Heaven & Hell
Sweetness Follows R.E.M. Automatic For The People
My Head Sounds Like That Peter Gabriel Up
Maybe I’ll Come Down Soul Coughing El Oso

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