To die by your side is such a heavenly way to die….

January 16, 2012 at 10:09 am | Posted in depression, music | Leave a comment
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….uplifting tunes for Britain’s Bluest Monday. Sit back, pour yourself a gin and tonic and practise positive visualisation.

1) Johnny Cash, ‘Hurt’. Does everyone you love go away in the end? Then listen to this song.

2) The Carpenters, ‘Goodbye to Love’. Or in fact anything by The Carpenters; Karen’s melancholy vocals are enough to make anyone reach for the razor.

3) Joy Division, ‘ Love Will Tear Us Apart’. Perfect for the tragic bedsit romance.

4) David Bowie, ‘Quicksand’. For knowledge comes with ‘death’s release’, apparently.

5) Lou Reed, Berlin. Purely for the crying child.

That’s all. Don’t be too sad.

Really? You want to break out the booze and have a ball?

April 26, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Posted in depression, music, party | Leave a comment
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Doesn’t sound like it, Peggy.

It occurred to me earlier that many songs either have upbeat tempos and depressing lyrics, or upbeats lyrics and depressing tempos.  Peggy Lee’s ‘Is That All There Is?’ is a  classic example.  Yes, she’s basically talking about the fact that failing to be impressed by much is a sure sign that the black dog’s at your door.  But do you really take her seriously when she suggests we ‘break out the booze’?  Ladies and gents, would you really want Peggy Lee at your party?

Likewise, was Ian Curtis trying to cheer himself up when his own uplifting guitar chords on ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ were such a contrast to the lyrics?  Or was he merely showing us that life can be sunrise – beautiful one minute and horrendous the next?

I dunno.  They’re great tunes, though.

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