Friday Bonus ‘Cause I Forgotted

I signed up to participate in a blogfest today: the Sad Songs Blogfest. I’m supposed to post about songs that are sad but make me feel better. Here are five.

1.  IMAGINE – John Lennon. I’m not sure if this is a sad song that makes me happy or a happy song that makes me feel sad. It’s prime, anyway.

2. Song Sung Blue – Neil Diamond. He says it isn’t a sad one, but it’s a song about singing sad songs to feel better. Yes. That. That’s what this fest is all about, right?

3. Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue – Crystal Gayle. This was popular during one of my many breakups and I shed many tears on the way home from work listening to it. I always felt better after hearing this beautiful voice. I can’t even remember the guy’s name, now, but I’ll never forget the gift of this song.

4. Blue Eyes Cryin’ In The Rain – Willie Nelson. My music boyfriend. Anything I listen to Willie sing makes me feel better.

5. The granddaddy of ’em all, the ultimate “wish I were dead, think I’ll drown myself and then sing about it” piece,

Die Schone Mullerin – Franz Schubert and Wilhelm Muller. A young man becomes an apprentice at a flour mill, falls in love with the miller’s daughter who only has eyes for the local huntsman; the heartbroken young man is welcomed into the comforting arms of the brook.

Thanks, Diane, for this fest!

WRITING PROMPT: What does your main character do when he or she feels blue?

MA

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One thought on “Friday Bonus ‘Cause I Forgotted

  1. Tamara Narayan

    March 30, 2012 at 10:14am

    That last one is pitiful. Hey, if there is a blogfest about songs featuring blue eyes, you are all set! 😉

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      Marian Allen
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      March 30, 2012 at 2:50pm

      Oh, it DOES work for me, Diane! I always feel better after a good sad song runs through my heart. Singing the blues is a sure cure for having the blues!

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  2. Clarissa Draper

    March 30, 2012 at 12:10pm

    Some great choices here and some I have not heard before. I love the reasons we chose the ones we do.

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  3. N. R. Williams

    March 30, 2012 at 4:26pm

    Hi Marian
    I love John Lennon’s song, but somehow I never really thought of it as sad. I’ve seen it on someone else’s list too.

    How appropriate is your question. My character would pull out her flute and play.
    Nancy
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      Marian Allen
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      March 30, 2012 at 6:04pm

      Nancy, your character is so lucky and blessed to be able to make her own music!

      Lennon’s song makes me sad because the world he imagines is so wonderful, and so far from being the one we inhabit. But it makes me happy because imagining it is a step toward living it. 🙂

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      Marian Allen
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      March 30, 2012 at 6:05pm

      I’m finding some new ones today, too, and rediscovering some old ones I love but had forgotten. 🙂

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  4. Heather M. Gardner
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    March 30, 2012 at 5:49pm

    Wow. It’s been a while since I’ve heard some of those. Now I’m gonna have to pull out the Willie Nelson album!
    Great list.
    HMG

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  5. Maryann Miller
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    March 30, 2012 at 10:36pm

    Marian, I had to laugh when I read the title of this post. I forgot, too. Maybe that is a sign we are wayyyyy too busy. LOL

    For the first time ever, I did two bogs today so I could honor my promise tp participate in the sad-song blogfest.

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      Marian Allen
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      March 31, 2012 at 8:33am

      Hi, Maryann — now I don’t feel so bad about my slip-up. I’ve had my mind fixed on the A-to-Z blogfest beginning April 1, and March 30 sort of slipped up on me. That’s my story, anyway. 🙂

      MA

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      Marian Allen
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      March 31, 2012 at 8:35am

      Kate — Some people don’t see the sadness in Imagine. The sadness is that we can only imagine such a world when we should be living in it. ~MA lifts a glass to Kate, because Kate Gets It~

      MA

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  6. Jennie

    March 31, 2012 at 1:36am

    I forgotted too! I’m in good company. Just got my list up and am making all the rounds. Song Sung Blue is definitely sad!
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  7. Richard

    April 1, 2012 at 8:21am

    I’d personally say that Lennon’s song is quite cold and philosophical, rather than emotional. Great song, though.

    For me, the saddest song is Pain In Any Language by Billy MacKenzie – a much missed Scottish singer.
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      Marian Allen
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      April 1, 2012 at 11:34am

      The music is very tender and wistful, though, Richard, as is Lennon’s delivery of it. And the gap between the world he (and he’s not the only one) imagines and the world as it is — that’s where the emotion kicks in, for me.

      Thanks for the recommendation of Billy MacKenzie. I’ll have to look him out.

      MA

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