22 Day Song Challenge – Day 3: A Song That Makes You Sad

If you need to catch up on what it is we’re doing here check out the post from Day 1 and meet our panel of rad here. Feel free to answer each prompt for yourself in the comments below. We love to hear about as many genres and bands as we can all around town. The only rule is you must use San Diego musicians/bands. To make it extra challenging try not to repeat a band as the days go by. If you want a look at the full list drop me a line.

P.S. Lots of our picks are up for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards so don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

Here we go:


Day 3 – A Song That Makes You Sad.

Jen VT: “I Don’t Even Want to Think Of You” by John Meeks* – If this sentiment doesn’t grab you by the gut and twist you in knots… well, you may be dead inside. Meeks’ achingly gorgeous vocals and words just rip me to my core. I have, quite literally, had the pang the lyrics articulate of not wanting to sleep for fear of dreaming of that certain someone. This meandering Americana tune is full of beautiful imagery that sticks with you. Even though it makes me sad I typically listen to it on repeat a time or ten because it’s just that damn good.

Natalie Watson Webber: “I Fall in Love Too Fast” by Nena Anderson* – Nena’s Hauntingly beautiful voice With lyrics that all too many of us can empathize with this has become my go-to heartbreak Pity Party song. My fave line: “I fall in love too fast/I’m never gonna learn how to play with fire and not get burned” Hey Nena, if you figure it out- lemme know 😉

Rick Ostop: “Drinkin’ To Remember” by Sara Petite* – It’s a super personal song from her record  Circus. Sara’s delivery makes you believe every word she says and makes you feel genuinely sorry for her loss.

Paul Milichik: “The Weather is Haunted” by Gloomsday.

Andrea Moore: “Exploitation” by The Silent Comedy* – I read that this song is about sex trafficking and that makes me terribly sad. Although it’s great the band is helping increase awareness.

Paul Moffat:Summer Came” by The Heavy Guilt* – This song talks about the passage of time in a heart-wrenchingly tragic way. I’m sure it’s meant to be uplifting and I’m supposed to climb on a desk and scream Carpe Diem! But it has the opposite effect on me. The worst part is, the music is so perfect that I have to listen to it, in spite of how it makes me feel.

Ryan Miller: “Seville” by Pinback*.

Eric Blocker: “Siren” by The Midnight Pine*I love The Midnight Pine. Siren makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Happy, knowing someone shares the same private, tortured moments as everyone else. I love the subtle accuracy that the lyrics describe horror, helplessness, confusion, clarity and redemption. Sad and happy. Thank goodness for the happy.

For our Spotify-ers (sorry no Gloomsday):

*Indicates San Diego Music Awards nominees. Vote here.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

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