Facing Our Demons: Sad Music For Sad People

Written by on May 19, 2018

I like to listen to sad music when I’m sad.

Hi, I’m your host.

It’s comforting. Like how you sometimes watch sad movies when you’re feeling down. It’s a form of consolation.

Embracing the sweet pathos of these songs, I face my demons — sitting still listening, to the lyrics, the sorrowful voices in my head.

It may seem counter intuitive, but the act of listening to a minor-key ballad — or a bone-chilling blues number, a tragic aria — hasĀ  been shown to have therapeutic value.

One inexplicable result from a topical Google image search.

Consider the paradox of music-evoked sadness, a scientific study on sad songs:

“…appreciation of sad music follows a mood-congruent fashion and is greater among individuals with high empathy and low emotional stability….the first comprehensive survey revealing that listening to sad music can lead to beneficial emotional effects such as regulation of negative emotion and mood as well as consolation.”

Until next week.

Much love,

dj jules

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Playlist:

Track

Artist

Album

  • Minuit (feat. Dead Astronauts)
    Perturbator
    Dangerous Days
  • Endless Falls
    Loscil
    Endless Falls
  • Don't Cry
    Deerhunter
    Halcyon Digest
  • My Instincts Are the Enemy
    American Football
    American Football (LP2)
  • While My Hear Is Still Beating
    Roxy Music
    Avalon
  • That's Life, tho (almost hate to say)
    Kurt Vile
    B'lieve I'm Goin Down...
  • No Sleep Till I Become Hallow
    Boris & Michio Kurihara
    Rainbow
  • The World (Is Going Up in Flames)
    Charles Bradley & Menahan Street Band
    No Time for Dreaming
  • Extreme Wealth and Causal Cruelty
    Unknown Mortal Orchestra
    Multi-Love
  • Love of My Life
    Queen
    A Night at the Opera
  • Zephyr
    Loscil
    Plume
  • Knife Fights Every Night
    Joan of Arc
    The Gap
  • Keep the Streets Empty For Me
    Fever Ray
    Fever Ray
  • Let's Get Lost
    Elliott Smith
    From A Basement On The Hill

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