Wrapping up a very troubling year, Very Dark, Very Appropriate explores why we might love listening to really sad music and how this can actually be good for us.
This episode features an interview with special guest, Stacey McGuirl. Stacey is a musician and licensed Marraige & Family Therapist with a private practice in downtown San Francisco, CA. She works with people with a broad range of concerns, including: relationship difficulties, grief and loss, eating disturbances, compulsions, addiction and recovery, identity concerns, blocked emotions and family of origin issues. Stacey particularly enjoys working with creative people looking to develop that aspect of their lives.
Keep digging into the sadness with these helpful links:
Nick Cave lecture: The Secret Life of the Love Song (and more)
Feeling Blue? Sad songs DO help us cope better with grief, study finds.
Why We Like Sad Music (New York Times)
Producer: Lily Sloane
Editorial Support: Stacey McGuirl
"Tough As Texas": My Side Project (download/listen on Bandcamp)
"Downprov": Richard Marchant (download/listen on Soundcloud)
"Everybody Leaves": Lily&Stacey (download/listen on Soundcloud)
Additional Music & Sound Design: Lily Sloane
Episode photo by Marc Gautier used under creative commons
Special thanks to my traveling buddies in Japan for use of our sad music conversation and everyone who pitched in their favorite sad songs for the playlist.
Enjoy this sad song playlist created just for you with input from other listeners: