Saturday, March 28, 2009

Saturday Sad Song Blogging

Norm Geras is compiling a treasury of songs of love and heartbreak. A sad song is a great thing, and here are a couple I would include on any such list.

Neko Case, "South Tacoma Way." The last 70 or 80 seconds of this song never fails to get me, even though I've listened to it way too many times to count. I have nothing to say about the video of this video, but the song comes through just fine:

Beth Orton, "Blood Red River." Beth Orton has a voice made for sad songs. She could probably draw tears by singing "La Cucaracha" or reading the dictionary without any special effort to make it so. This live version is, if anything, even more plaintive than the studio version:

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