This will end in tears by Adam Brent Houghtaling
The miserabilist guide to music.
suggested that we are drawn to the beauty of the tragedy and that we
find excruciating pleasure in our experience of artfully constructed
tragic creations -essentially when we swoon at the grace of lyric or
vocal performance and thrill to the intricate architecture of a
Smuts, assistant professor of philosophy at Rhode island college, wrote
in his essay “Rubber Ring: Why do we listen to sad songs?” that we
listen to these songs not for catharsis but rather ‘to intensify
negative emotions partly as a means of focusing our reflection on
situations of great importance. It is possible that we listen to sad
music precisely so that we may crawl deeper into our sorrows, and that
the more unfathomable the grief, the more likely our brains will respond
to the distress by opening the dopamine taps and shaking loose
protective hormones. As classical composer Stephen Johnson has noted,”
There is something about seeing your own mood reflected that allows you
to let go of that feelings” .
may turn to gloomy music and sad songs to wade in our own sorrows, and
the music we choose to listen to may drive us deeper into our despair,
but sooner or later the hope is all roads lead to catharsis.
Vasárnap by rezső seress had recently translated to English and
marketed as The Hungarian Suicide song, due to a number of reported
suicides attributed to the grim power of the work.
Out of 100 saddest songs listed in this book, let me list first 10 songs.
1. Adagio For strings - Samuel Barber
2. Strange fruit - Billie Holiday
3. In darkness let me dwell - John Sowland
4. Marie - Townes Van Zandt
5. Rank Stranger - The Stanley Brothers
6. I’m so lonesome I could cry - Hank Williams
7. Only the lonely - Frank Sinatra
8. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O’Connor
9. Caroline, No - The beach boys
10. D|P 1.1 - William Basinski