This Is Me--2024 A to Z Theme

My A to Z Themes in the past have covered a range of topics and for 2024 the theme is a personal retrospective that I call "I Coulda Been" which is in reference to my job and career arc over my lifetime. I'll be looking at all sorts of occupations that I have done or could have done. Maybe you've done some of these too!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Sad Songs Blogfest

         What's wrong with me anyway.   Diane at Spunk on a Stick is doing this Sad Songs Blogfest and here I'm doing it on a fourth blog.   Somebody needs to call Bloggers Anonymous.

          I'll tell you what the problem is here.   I thought of too many sad songs.  I stuck with my A to Z themes on the other blogs so on this one I'll go with some popular sad songs.

I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry  --- This version by B.J. Thomas was the first I ever heard of this song.  It was all over the radio in the summer of 1966 when I first moved to Tennessee.  It's such a tearjerker.  B.J.'s version is still my favorite.

End of the World  -- Classic teenage angst by Skeeter Davis.

Laurie (Strange Things Happen) -- A spooky sad song by Dickey Lee.  A strange ghost story put to song.

Sounds of Silence  -- I wore out this 45 record when the song first came out and then later got the album.  When I hear this song I picture Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate.   One of the best songs ever.

You'll See    I used to hear this song frequently in the warehouse that I managed.  A young lady who worked there would often have it playing and it sounded so ethereally beautiful but I had no idea who it was singing it.  I am a big fan of Madonna's music especially when I found out she sang this song.

Crying  --  The original artist Roy Orbison is joined here by k.d. lang.

            And that's where I'll leave it.  See more at Spunk on a Stick.

             Be here on Sunday as this blog begins day one of the incredible Blogging from A to Z April Challenge.


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  1. You didn't half think of a lot of sad songs buddy, I struggle to think of so many of the top of my head in all honesty which is odd since I feel like I get sad quite often. I guess when I'm sad listening to sad music kind of is embracing the pain which is something I could never see myself doing, awesome links buddy.

  2. Yes, Sound of Silence. Beautiful. Extremely sad.

    When I'm in the mood for sad, though, no one beats Canadian singer Jann Arden. Her lovely, throaty voice and deeply personal lyrics accompanied me through the early days of my marital break-up. She's middle-aged, she's pudgy, and she sings with all the heartache you can imagine those things conjure. And yet she's funny, and real. Especially real. I blogged about her in last year's A to Z challenge, under the letter I for Insensitive.

  3. Loved these especially Crying, I think the Sound Of Silence is a popular one on this blogfest.


  4. Roy Orbison. Yesss! Now you're talking sad songs. Loved him.

  5. Sound of Silence and Hurt seem to be sweeping the fest - I love both! Looking forward to the A to Z...

  6. how did I miss Crying? that's a great one

  7. Sounds of Silence is one of my favourites - but I forgot to list it. As you say, there are SO many great ones out there!

  8. well i feel sad... now thanks boss.
    sound of silence is truly a great song as for many of your others... i have only heard once maybe... i need to turn that frown upside down, cause i am ready for the a to z challenge...

    listen to: abc - the jackson 5
    you cannot help to dance.

  9. You have a couple of great choices in there! Sounds of Silence is a classic. I don't remember hearing "You'll See" before. was the clip. I need see Dangerous Liaisons now. I never have.

  10. You'll See is one of those Madonna songs that most people forget about. I remember it now. Thanks for reminding me. :D

  11. I love the Sound of Silence. There's something very haunting about it.

    Great choices!

  12. Knew you'd select some old ones. Sounds of Silence fits really well.

  13. I suspected you'd choose some oldies but goodies. I only chose one. The ultimate of sad songs to me.

  14. Hey, Lee,
    Woops! Didn't realize I was supposed to post actual sound for the song blogfest. Just wrote about some that my mom used to sing (from the 1920's and 30's). Oh well. Looking forward to the a to z challenge.

  15. Sounds of Silence ... yes!

    AtoZ ... here we come!!!

    Have a great weekend. :)

  16. You made some awesome choices, but um, maybe you should consider a 12-step program for bloggers? (HA! Just kidding.)

  17. sound of silence is just haunting. a classic for sure!

  18. I can't believe how many sad songs I don't know! Love your choices. Especially the Sound of Silence.

  19. Aw shucks, I'm not familiar with ANY of these songs and it's a darn shame too...especially "You'll See" because I am a Madonna fan as well.

    The B.J. Thomas song, Sounds of Silence and Crying are the, four (Madonna's song included) that I'm going to check out and see if I might like 'em. While I heard of a few K.D. Lang songs before, this "Crying" one wasn't among them.

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  20. Yeamie -- When I'm really down I usually don't listen to any music. I don't need to get sadder.

    Cathy --I'm not familiar with Jann Arden, but I think I recall your post. I'll refresh my memory.

    Yvonne -- "Sounds of Silence" is such a great song.

    Rosalind -- Roy Orbison was the King of Pain before Sting ever claimed the title.

    Li -- "Hurt" is a song I should have come up with but I forgot.

    Baygirl -- Yes "Crying" evokes sadness in it's title.

    Jemi -- So many--it's sad.

    Jeremy -- I don't know if there are any sad alphabet songs.

    Liza -- I'm not sure what the movie clip has to do with the song but it was cool.

    S.A.-- "You'll See" is one of Madonna's under-the-radar songs, but for me it's also one of her best.

    Talli -- Very haunting.

    Alex -- Yeah, I'm stuck in the past. It's sad. I should write a song about it.

    Ciara -- Why did everyone expect me to pick oldies? Well, I guess I'm not surprised either.

    Grammy -- No rule about the sound. The way you did it was very nice.

    Margo -- Very soon!

    Susan -- Seriously, I do think I have a blogging problem.

    Vic -- "Sounds..." seems to resonate with a lot of people.

    Karen -- I would figure you'd know these. You and I grew up with most of these.

    Clarissa -- There is a lot of sad music out there, but that's understandable.

    Nicole -- They're all great songs. Check them out for sure.


  21. That is quite a collection, Arlee. And yes, Roy was the King of Pain. Along that vein, I'd add Rebekah del Rio's absolutely marvelous cover of Crying, Llorando. Sung a cappella in Spanish, and featured in David Lynch's MULHOLLAND DRIVE film, it gets to me every time I hear it. Don McLean's version, too, is worth noting. And if I mention that artist, then his Vincent would also make my list. Great music, my friend.

  22. I think I was too young for most of those.

  23. Good picks. Roy Orbison's voice was especially sad sounding.

  24. Great stuff! A good sad song puts us right on the edge of emotional overload. Hadn't thought of a lot of these as many are before my time.

  25. Great choices. I agree with you about Sounds of Silence. Soulful!

  26. BOIDMAN ~
    I've always really liked that Skeeter Davis song (bet hardly any of your "Followers" ever even heard it before).

    And one can never go wrong with Simon & Garfunkel.

    ~ D-FensDogg
    'Loyal American Underground'

  27. Lots of Simon and Garfunkel out there today and you have one too. Sound of Silence is a classic. Love that song!

  28. Loved your entire list! I love B.J. always have. Haven't heard that Dickey Lee song in forever!

  29. Leo -- Mulholland Drive is one of my favorite films and the scene was what made me think of that song.

    L. Diane-- Me too--my parents told me about them. Not really.

    Theresa -- Roy knew how to sing a sad song.

    Jasmine -- These songs were all within my lifetime.

    Emily-- A lot of people have agreed on "Silence".

    StMc -- I can recall hearing Skeeter's song on the radio and it was so mournful.

    Stephen Tremp-- "Silence" is on the greatest sad song hits I guess.

    Wendy -- I hadn't heard "Laurie" in years and haven't thought about it until this blogfest.


  30. I briefly had Roy on my list. I love his voice. Have a great weekend!

  31. More good choices.My mother had a Skeeter Davis album she'd wear out every Sunday. Skeeter's songs were always depressing. Amazing how I remember stuff like Last Date With You and I'm Walking the Floor Over You. I think my mother passed on her love of music to me. They sure don't make music like they used to.

  32. Those are some good ones. I always liked B.J. Thomas, and that title alone is enough to make you sad!

  33. MPAX-- Roy knew how to sing with emotion.

    JL -- My mother used to listen to a lot of music as well. I developed my passion much like you did I guess.

    Connie-- BJ Thomas did some fine music.


  34. Interesting, Lee-

    I never thought of "Sounds Of Silence" as a sad song.

    "I'm So Lonesome..." on the other hand...pretty sad. And "Crying" definitely has you looking for some Bounty to absorb the moisture!


  35. I've only heard "The Sound of Silence," by Simon and Garfunkel. Such a beautiful song. The Graduate is one of my favorite films. The entire soundtrack was perfect.

  36. Lee, Thanks for sharing these songs. I enjoyed listening to them. I never her the ghost one before.

    See you around A to Z!

  37. Wow, well, I just went down memory lane!

  38. Larry --Judging from all of the other lists, apparently a lot of other people think that "Silence" is a sad song. For me it just has a sad lonely sound to it.

    Nellie -- That's surprising since all of the songs were hits and some are absolute classics.

    Dawn -- "Laurie" was a hit in the early 60s and received a lot of airplay back then, but I haven't heard it much since.

    Bish -- That's something I like about these types of blogfests.


  39. Sound of Silence is in my top ten, but not of sad songs - just top ten of all time songs. LOVE that song. It's so haunting.

  40. The sound of silence is one of my favorites....have you ever noticed that sometimes the sound of silence can be deafening?
    Thanks for your recent comment on my blog. I will have to look for that movie. It sounds delishly weird!
    Blessings, Joanne

  41. Howdy Lee,
    Enough of the sad songs, cause I'm gonna' cry me a river....
    No sir, time to sing songs of joy as I announce that not only have I, rather ironically, plugged this amazing, upcoming challenge on my little read alternative to your challenge, I have even put in the link that brings the three people who visit my lousy blog, back to your wonderful blog.
    Anyway, on a serious musical note, I wish you and all those who are wishing to bring further awareness of the alphabet, much fun and fulfilment. I should point out to you, that this being a leap year, you were supposed to incorporate the 'leap alphabet' into the postings. Heaven forbid, man.
    In kindness, the alternative dude, Gary :)

  42. Great songs, but I feel depressed just reading about them.

  43. Oh, I'd forgotten about 'End of the World', thank you :-)

  44. Roy Orbison and KD Lang. *sigh* gorgeous! I didn't know about this one! THank you

  45. Pywacket -- The pair of Orbison and lang was an ingenious move. Their singing styles and voices blend perfectly.



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