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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