Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Melancholy Music

After a good harvest day, I'm feeling a bit tired, mellow and even a little melancholy (which isn't a bad thing and don't worry!) This may be due to recent (good) reading material and beautiful music I've been listening to. But I like it--sometimes it's good to cling to and soak in a bit of sadness. Even when we have so much to be happy out, to remember the suffering (great and small) for so many and reminding ourselves that there are things to be sad about, to feel something big for because they hold so much value--and we need to care about them. I want to remember the good and the bad and though I tend to focus on the good the sad makes me more grateful for the happiness and they are both an essential a part of me.

This is a beautiful song (farming related too) by Anais Mitchell that is so sad and with such an important message at the end

Bon Iver is a band that originated near Eau Claire, WI --a similar location to my own cherished roots. This is the first song of theirs that I ever heard and I was hooked immediately to the primal sound of longing and the woods in winter captured in the music.
They have a brand new album out (released just yesterday) and it does not disappoint, as you can hear for yourself below.

Finally, one of my favorite short sweet sad heart string tuggers.

Remember and embrace the sweet sadness we are so lucky to feel in this life.


  1. Oh, so pretty! Brought Aaron to the airport at 4:30 this morning and came back not able to sleep again. Listening to these four beautiful songs is a wonderful way to begin the rest of my day! I love them all -- hadn't heard the Joanna Newsom one, though. I like what you said here, too. Compassion is recognizing suffering in the world... and we all need compassion in our lives, right? Love you :)

    p.s. What is your good reading these days? I need a new book!

  2. Yay! Excited to see this Bon Iver video up here since Chris & Outpost 31 worked on some of the props for this video.