I usually carry a pretty cheerful demeanor, but lately, the bad weather has influenced me otherwise. The gray skies continue to cover Chicago, and I’m stuck with a grumpy mood and gloomy thoughts. Therefore, this week’s theme consists of melancholy, but beautiful, songs that make any bad mood tolerable. Although they express a heightened sense of sadness, their approaches to dealing with tragedy is honest, and almost makes grief seem acceptable.
1. “Bad Diary Days” – Pedro The Lion
This song makes me think of the struggle within relationships to come to some mutual agreement about how to handle love. How much can you ask of the other person before your argument becomes overwhelming? What sort of boundaries do you have to cross to be completely vulnerable with someone? This song brings to light all the difficulties in relationships, but in a tell-all format, which provides food for thought. It’s also terribly beautiful and full of feeling, which sounds pleasant to my ears.
2. “Casimir Pulaski Day” – Sufjan Stevens
It almost feels like this song’s intentions are to make you weep, which admittedly, I feel like doing every time I listen to it. Its slow and tenacious pace feeds into the apparent drama. Any song about death or dealing with death are heavy, and tend to make us think. It consciously reminds you that everything is fragile and nothing is guaranteed.
3. “Winter” – Bayside
“Winter” also deals with death, but paints a picture of the prolonged aftermath. The confusion about how to fill the void or the proper way to deal with a missing loved one provides a different perspective to the entire situation. It’s sort of like a confession of grief, but a testament about moving on and dealing.