I’ve been listening to a lot of Nirvana lately. Not really by choice. It seems to be the favorite early morning soundtrack for one of my kiddos as we drive to school. This morning I caught myself thinking, jeez - this music is so depressing! But that is precisely the point, right? There’s nothing like a sad or angry song to make us feel better.
This will end in tears: the miserabilist guide to music, by Adam Houghtaling (a singer, songwriter and music editor for AOL travel guides) explains how and why sad music makes us feel so good. Exploring songs from all genres Houghtaling delves into the cultural, scientific, historical and artistic nature of sad songs. At 416 pages, with extensive playlists, this book will keep you singing the blues all winter long. Enjoy! — Erin