I don't know anything about jazz. But what I do know is that I love jazz that feels like it's straight out of a 1940s detective film. Melancholic, moody, slow. Mostly made up of saxophone, piano, and upright bass. Suggestions? [more inside]
There are things that make me sad, and things that make me sad about being sad. For example, some things don't really merit a lot of sadness (especially when it is ill-informed or useless), but consistently and sincerely break my heart all the same... [more inside]
Tarkovsky's "The Mirror" is the most beautiful film I have ever seen. There don't seem to be any well-liked versions available in the U.S. on DVD or Blue-Ray. Where can I find a version that has good subtitles, is framed correctly and has good color? Does this even exist?
In serious need of ways to keep myself from dwelling on recent bad news. [more inside]
I'm looking for some new suggestions for good sad bastard music - that is, stuff that can leave you nice and melancholy when it's late at night and you want to feel comfortably down & depressed. To frame this a little I should note that Nick Drake, The Softies, early-period Belle & Sebastian, and The Mountain Goats have been go-to choices in the past. Thanks!
I love my dog. Every once in a while, I feel utterly heartbroken that I will most likely outlive him. While it doesn't happen often and it's not overwhelming, and I realize that it is perfectly natural to be sad about something like that, can you give me advice about how to turn these thoughts into something positive? [more inside]
Are you sometimes completely overwhelmed by unknown feelings? [more inside]
I want to learn more about female jazz singers, but I like melancholy, pared-down music better than high-energy big band music. Can you recommend some songs to me? [more inside]
Looking for melancholy piano performances. [more inside]
I'm tired. I'm cranky. I want to dance. [more inside]
Songs with vocals that have piano primarily as the background - ones that sound similar to Jade McNelis' "Wins" (link provided) [more inside]
My sister is having a rough month. She's toughing it out through a Jerry Springer-scale divorce drama while dealing with potentially serious medical problems. She's asked me to find songs for a compilation about difficult Decembers to help her get through. [more inside]
The piano music of Yoko Kanno in this solo blew me away. Where can I find more of it? Similar artists? [more inside]
"Emotionally ambivalent" Christmas Songs? [more inside]
Melancholy love songs required for an unusual playlist. More inside. [more inside]
Poetry filter:- help me identify the author of this poem and maybe direct me to a volume containing it. The title (I think) is THE CONCEPTION... [more inside]
I am head over heels in love with someone who is draining my life from me. [more inside]
Help: weed related sloth / amotivational syndrome . [more inside]
Melancholy fiction for a dark season: here in the Northeast U.S. we're in the midst of a particularly miserable January. I'm looking for some contemporary fiction that echoes the bleakness of the weather. What extraordinary books have you curled up with recently that are elegiac, darkly funny or otherwise wintry in tone?