So much beauty out there

June 20, 2010

Thirty Days of Song (day 4)

A song that makes you sad.

Really, only bad songs make me sad, but there are some great songs with lyrics that make me a little emotional – I’m not sure I’ve ever been moved to or towards tears by music. Emmylou Harris’ Red Dirt Girl for instance or Gillian Welch’s Annabelle. But I’m going with the glorious poignancy of Sufjan Stevens’ John Wayne Gacy jr which hits every emotional button going, in the most understated way.

I really like the video clips that the person who has put the song up on youtube uses too – and the photos of American sharecroppers in Annabelle. Not so fussed on the Red Dirt Girl one!


day 01 – your favourite song: I Put A Spell On You – Nina Simone
day 02 – your least favourite song: I Believe I Can Fly – R Kelly
day 03 – a song that makes you happy: Uptown Top Ranking – Althea and Donna
day 04 – a song that makes you sad: John Wayne Gacy jr – Sufjan Stevens
day 05 – a song that reminds you of someone
day 06 – a song that reminds of you of somewhere
day 07 – a song that reminds you of a certain event
day 08 – a song that you know all the words to
day 09 – a song that you can dance to
day 10 – a song that makes you fall asleep
day 11 – a song from your favourite band
day 12 – a song from a band you hate
day 13 – a song that is a guilty pleasure
day 14 – a song that no one would expect you to love
day 15 – a song that describes you
day 16 – a song that you used to love but now hate
day 17 – a song that you hear often on the radio
day 18 – a song that you wish you heard on the radio
day 19 – a song from your favourite album
day 20 – a song that you listen to when you’re angry
day 21 – a song that you listen to when you’re happy
day 22 – a song that you listen to when you’re sad
day 23 – a song that you want to play at your wedding
day 24 – a song that you want to play at your funeral
day 25 – a song that makes you laugh
day 26 – a song that you can play on an instrument
day 27 – a song that you wish you could play
day 28 – a song that makes you feel guilty
day 29 – a song from your childhood
day 30 – your favourite song at this time last year

5 Comments »

  1. I had no idea you liked Sufjan Stevens.

    Some friends of mnine once formed a party band called John Wayne Gacy and the Sunshine Band.

    Comment by Ian — June 22, 2010 @ 6:31 pm | Reply

    • Did I not tell you that I liked Chicago when you put it on a compilation? Well I do. And had you been paying proper attention to my travelogue, this https://tiens76.wordpress.com/2009/05/08/madrid-2/ should have given you a clue as to another song of his I like. But I was underwhelmed by the rest of the Illinois album, and have heard nothing else by him.

      Comment by Josh — June 22, 2010 @ 6:39 pm | Reply

  2. the ending scared me.

    Comment by Tea Drinker — July 1, 2010 @ 1:53 pm | Reply

    • The ending of the song or the video?

      Comment by Josh — July 4, 2010 @ 4:43 pm | Reply

  3. The song.

    Comment by Tea Drinker — July 4, 2010 @ 10:02 pm | Reply


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