Pretty shitty week (sorry for the language). Now to drown my tears in the best booze ever: music.
by Loren A. Roberts (guru of multi-hyphenate media)
I remember watching John Hughes movies in high school (Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles), and realizing that the music was totally feeding my teenage narcissistic melancholy. Thirty years later, and music can still do that for me.
Don't worry: nothing happened that can't be solved by a good melancholy album, just like back in high school...so here are five wonderful "cry your eyes out" albums to listen to:
ANNIE LENNOX: DIVA
Her voice, her songs, the arrangements, the production. It’s all perfect for a late-night sob-fest.
THE SWELL SEASON
These guys were just so good, both together and apart. But that first album, upon which the movie (and musical) Once was based, is pure gold for wallowing in -- and even celebrating -- the highs and lows of a relationship.
MINDY SMITH: ONE MOMENT MORE
I’ve written about this album before, and the title track isn’t even about a breakup, but it packs an incredible cathartic punch. Best listened to with all the lights off, very late at night.
NORAH JONES: LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS
A brand new addition to the list, this new album from Ms. Jones is soft and cuddly, but packs an emotional punch. Not the same Norah Jones that put you to sleep with easy jazz a decade ago...
ROSIE THOMAS: THESE FRIENDS OF MINEIf you need to come back from the ledge, this is an intimate, quiet way to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Thomas' voice and simple melodies, paired (again) with all the lights off and everyone else already asleep, is a great recipe for getting back on track and ready to face a new day.
LOREN A. ROBERTS produces films, videos and music, designs magazines and logos, plays and sings in a rock-and-roll tribute band, and is a student of what happens when science and technology and the arts and culture collide. www.hearkencreative.com
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