It's official: I'm incredibly homesick. I do melancholy and nostalgia and sadness far too well, so it's not abnormal for me to feel like this, but it did take me by surprise; I started out the weekend not even wanting to leave LA in the first place because I didn't want to miss the awesome beach weather.
When sadness hits, I start to listen to more music. When I'm happy, I don't need the emotional connection that music creates as much (except for dance parties, of course =]), but when I'm feeling down, I crave knowing that I'm not alone, that others are capable of tears and heartbreak too. Music is the perfect medium to find that connection. And too much sadness can be a bad thing, but sometimes it's good to just sink into it, wriggle around until you're comfortable, stay awhile, and then when you're ready, peel yourself out of it and walk away, shedding bits of it behind you as you go. If you do that, the happiness that follows is that much sweeter.
At least that's how I prefer to do it.
Maybe I'm a little masochistic.
What I'm really getting at is that I want to share with you some of my favorite cloudy day, heavy heart, teary eye songs. Some are more recent than others, but some have been with me for years, and they never let me down.
Anything Norah Jones, but especially:
You've Ruined Me
Not Too Late
Wake Me Up
The Long Day Is Over
Ellie Goulding - Heartbeats (cover)
Anything Damien Rice, but especially:
The Blower's Daughter
Patrick Park - Life is a Song
Iron & Wine - The Trapeze Singer
Imogen Heap - Hide and Seek
Coldplay - Swallowed in the Sea
Joe Purdy - I Love the Rain the Most
Colin Hay - I Just Don't Think I'll Ever Get Over You
Sara Bareilles & Ingrid Michaelson - Winter Song
Joseph Arthur - Honey and the Moon
John Mayer, Ben Harper, Jack Johnson, Joshua Radin, Amos Lee...the list goes on.
Most of these also make for good nap time songs. I like my music to be useful for multiple purposes.
I have many more words to write about homesickness and nostalgia, but this is it for now. Also, I want to note that I'm not super depressed or unhappy with life or anything like that; sometimes sadness happens, and it's a part of life too, so it's just as worthy of writing about as all of the happy times. I'm just living in a world of music right now, and I wanted to share it with you. Also also, I just realized that most of these are love songs...do sad, truly platonic songs even exist? Does anyone know of any good ones?
Happy Hump Day!
Happy Hump Day!