5 November 2012


Why does sad music make us happy? Not all of it does, of course, but I think some incredibly sad songs generate a great deal of joy because of our tendency to appreciate art that is truthful. There is no better example than Elliot Smith, whose intense suffering and eventual suicide deeply affect how his music is interpreted. His absolute genius at melody and song structure give to the listener a beautifully unique experience. For me, knowing that Smith tragically stabbed himself in the heart (a highly disturbing thought) makes this music incredibly and undeniably real. Genuine sadness that can make us happy to be alive.

The subtlety of some of the songs from today makes all the difference, and while sadness in art can certainly bring us down, appreciating the brilliance of its effect can be a great source of joy, just like Beethoven’s 15th String Quartet, written just after he recovered from an illness he thought surely would kill him.

Sad music that’s good is authentic, just like this LP sleeve … instagr.am/p/RqLzGoIaZB/

— Karl (@karlwill) November 5, 2012



Hour 1

Hour 2

2:52 PM
Return to the Sea

2:48 PM
of Montreal (request)
Old People in the Cemetery
Aldhils Arboretum
Kindercore Records

2:47 PM
Elliot Smith
King’s Crossing
From a Basement on a Hill
Kill Rock Stars

2:36 PM
Joni Mitchell
Big Yellow Taxi

2:30 PM
Daniel Johnston
Speeding Motorcycle
Yip/ Jump Music
Eternal Yip Eye Music

2:29 PM
The Magnetic Fields
Epitaph for My Heart
69 Love Songs

2:18 PM
Joy Division
She’s Lost Control
Unknown Pleasures

2:02 PM
Beethoven (Fine Arts Quartet
String Quartet 15 3rd Movement
The Late Quartets