I Heart Music: The Melancholy Playlist

Music. Besides love, I don’t think there is anything in this world quite as powerful, that has the ability to connect people. No matter who you are or how old you are, it’s a language we can all understand.

That feeling when you meet someone who loves your fave artist or song as much as you do = Instant human connection.

Since the late 90’s I’ve been to many a live gig and music festival. From my first real concert (Bryan Adams – thanks Dad for driving us country girls 7 hours to the big smoke to see him!) it quickly became a favourite pastime and I took great pride in growing my CD collection, and raiding Dads (except for Anne Murray. She’s all yours Dad).

These days I’m enjoying re-discovering my fave artists and exploring new music after years of being subjected to Justine Clark, Hi5 and the Wiggles. Toot toot chugga chugga big red car!

Music Streaming services have become my bestie with suggestions tailored to what I already listen to. Life changing! I currently subscribe to two services, because both have different functionality and I can’t decide which one I like better. (There’s that indecisive Libra thing yet again)

I love how we all consume music in different ways. For me it’s about being taken to a different place whilst on my morning city commute, it’s solitude when flying (what I’m doing right now whilst writing this), it’s company whilst cooking dinner, it’s a sing-a-long disco with my kids, it’s background during a yoga class and every now and then when we can get a babysitter, it’s the live experience or festival.

“There’s nothing to compare to live music, there just isn’t anything.”  Gloria Gaynor

Friends of mine spend their time trawling record stores for vinyls, one plays in a band where music is his life, another is currently doing a sound engineering course such is her love of music, a cousin is completely obsessed with metal and another friend has a cool ritual when flying. Every take off and landing she scans for her perfect song. By doing this she can link her trips to songs. I love that!

However you choose to listen to music, one thing that’s clear is that music is an escape for us all.

My taste in music is really broad, I pretty much like every genre, even the heavy stuff. Hubby almost fell over on our first date when I told him I love Rage Against The Machine and Metallica. Pretty sure that’s why he asked me to marry him!

But for some reason I find myself drawn to sad songs. Not because I’m particularly feeling sad (although we have had our fair share of sadness this year – that’s a whole other blog post) but because I find a certain beauty in them. Whether it be in their melody, the artists voice or the lyrics. Songs that no matter what your mood, have the ability to almost move you to tears or just make you want to sing-a-long.

So in the first of a series of music posts, I thought I’d share my Melancholy Playlist. Not to make you sad, but to share the beauty.

  • Spirit Bird by Xavier Rudd
  • Wish I never Saw The Sunshine by Beth Orton
  • Home by Michael Buble
  • 9 Crimes and Delicate by Damien rice (with Lisa Hannigan)
  • Winter by Tori Amos
  • The Scientist by Coldplay
  • Stop Crying Your Heart Out by Oasis
  • Everlong, (acoustic version) by The Foo Fighters
  • Walk away, Waiting On An Angel, She’s Only Happy In The Sun and The Drugs Don’t Work by Ben Harper (all time fave artist, I couldn’t just pick just 1)
  • The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face by Roberta Flack
  • Brick by Ben Folds
  • You Were Meant For Me by Jewel
  • Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton
  • Streets of Philadelphia by Bruce Springsteen
  • Please Please Please Let Me Get What I want by The Smiths
  • First Day Of My Life by Bright Eyes
  • I Will Remember You and Angels by Sarah McLachlan
  • Last Goodbye by Jeff Buckley
  • The Sound Of Silence by Simon and Garfunckel
  • Everybody Hurts, by REM
  • Your Song by Ellie Goulding
  • Wish You Were Here by pink floyd
  • Mad World by Gary Jules
  • Miss Misery by Elliot smith
  • Nothing Compares To You, Seonaid O,Connor
  • Lamb by Gorecki
  • Unintended by Muse
  • You Are My Sunshine by Carly Simon
  • Fake Plastic Trees by radio head
  • Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by the Smashing Pumpkins
  • In The Living Years by Mike And The Mechanics
  • My Immortal by Evanescence
  • Wild Horses by the Rolling Stones
  • Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell
  • Purple Rain by Prince
  • Stay by Shakespeare’s Sister
  • Last Request by Paolo Nutini
  • Crying by Roy Orbison
  • Nothing Else Matters by Metallica
  • Colourblind and Walkaways by Counting Crows
  • Fade to Black by Metallica
  • Come Home by Ryan Adams
  • Stay with Me by Sam Smith
  • Eleanor Rigby by The Beatles
  • Play Me by Neil Diamond
  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap

So over to you…

Tell me, what was your first concert?

What songs move you to tears?

PS. I promise my next music post will be happier x

0 thoughts on “I Heart Music: The Melancholy Playlist

  1. Shan, my first concert was Bryan Adams aswell ! Loved your post and your list of songs. Hope we can catch up again one day, when we are in the same town, state, country :) Good on you for getting the blog up and running, its great xxx Meg

    1. Aww thanks Meg. So great to hear that and really glad you like it.
      And yes, would love to catch up when we are in the same part of the world at the same time! It will happen one of these days! xx

  2. I ❤️ music too Shannon. I came from a very music loving family. I remember in 1985 we were the first family in our street to get a…. CD player! Haha! Pretty intense. My first concert was John Farnham. Crickey!! I adore sad songs too. Big Coldplay fan, love London Grammer – do you like them? And I adore Foo Fighters – saw them 8 months pregnant. Lot of stranger tummy rubs!! xx

    1. Oh wow Jo. First family to get a CD player… That would have been huge back in the day!
      So funny that you saw Foo Fighters 8 months pregnant! I actually missed out on seeing them because I was 8 months pregnant! I won tickets to their gig on Sydney harbour and had to give it a miss due to the boat trip, no where to sit on the island, etc. apparently they have said it was one of their all time favourite gigs! And I missed it! My hubby and his mate had a ball though. Xx

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