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22 Day Song Challenge – Day 16: A Song That You Listen To When You’re 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. Or click on their names below to see their band page or stalk them on social media. They like that.

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. And you can view previous days and compare your answers here.

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:

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Day 16 – A Song That You Listen To When You’re Sad

Jen VT: “Girlface” by Get Back Loretta – This song is just so darn sweet and hopeful. I listen to it when I’m sad to try and restore some of those feelings to my cold black heart. But it’s a delicious double-edged sword. I love the line “So I make my plan to love and adore you…” Know that feeling well… dude had other blueprints.

Natalie Watson Webber“Nothing At All” by The TiltThis haunting melody is lovely as it is sad, which is to say it is stunning.   I love this song so very much and on my darkest most insecure days can truly identify with the opening:  “Coping with the sorrow/Straight out the bottle/ My calloused heart soaks it in/And the Sea/That poison..Oh hell it go down so well/And before I know it it’s empty/I’ve been longing for what’s mine/Fading into night/Lay down beside the broken and tired/Will I outlive that fire?” Lead singer Jesse Malley caresses these words so there’s no mistaking the sorrow in her past.  And in case she hadn’t ripped your heart check out part of the hook:  “Yesterday was a hurricane/But tomorrow will be nothing at all.” W.O.W.  When I’m having a full-on Pity Party this is totally party of the soulful playlist.  Check them out on Reverbnation  and like Tilt on Facebook.

Rick Ostop:  “Long Goodbye” by Nena AndersonThe double-fisted whisky tug of Nena’s honey vocal is tender and aching. The lyrics wrench away at the heart strings and knock you head over heels with heartbreak.

Andrea Moore: “Oh Dry Land” by John Meeks*. It’s a good song for sitting somewhere and thinking to yourself.

Paul Moffat“Avalanche” by Tommy Dubs & Seismic Leveler – This instrumental has such a MOOD, and when I’m sad I don’t want a lot of words telling me how to be sad.  This is simply a beautiful song.

Ryan MillerSundown San Diego by Tomcat Courtney*.

Eric Blocker“Long Goodbye” Nena Anderson* – This is a sad song. I hate long goodbyes. This song captures a great sentimental, nostalgic sadness. At the same time Miss Anderson’s voice makes everything better. Long goodbyes aren’t so bad after all.

*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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