dig the weary soul
May 4, 2014 7:51 AM Subscribe
What songs, writing, and art expresses the theme of hopeful weariness beautifully?
posted by elephantsvanish to Media & Arts (30 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
I really, really love the theme of weariness, and the sounds of happiness and sadness all mixed together. For me, the perfect example of this are: Sam Cooke's A Change is Gonna Come
, Otis Redding's These Arms of Mine
, and Neil Young's Helpless
. I also really like Jean Toomer's Poem "Prayer"
from Cane and that theme of hopeful impossibility in the last two lines.
What I'm hoping for are either specific recommendations for songs/albums/poems/books or ways to explore this theme methodically (like reading a particular book about Motown). Thanks MeFi!