Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Why I Love Sad Songs

It's the 50th anniversary of Motown! While reading an article about this momentous occassion :) I thought about how much I loved Motown songs starting from about fifth grade on. I had big posters of the Supremes on my bedroom walls for quite some time. I thought about some of my favorite songs and yItalices, they were mostly sad songs. I need to feel something to really enjoy a song. The lyrics are paramount (now anyway, when I was eleven I didn't have a clue.) Some of my favorites were "I Wish it Would Rain" and "Since I Lost My Baby" by the Temptations. "Love Child" and "Reflections" by the Supremes, "Tracks of my Tears" and "Ooh Baby, Baby" by Smoky Robinson. All tear-jerkers.

Back then (in ancient times) I never thought about any cultural differences. Even though I didn't really know any black people in my childhood, these singers were my idols. They brought the best songs to a Junior High heart - simple, catchy, easy to sing along to.

So this may explain why I love sad songs. I like to cry or commiserate right along with the singer. I like to know that I'm not the only one who's felt that way. It's cleansing.

I dug out a few of my albums and 45's (Yeah, I'm old) for your viewing pleasure. Or if you're old like me - a nice memory.


CJM-R said...

I am old like you, I have that album by the Supremes. I saw them in concert when I was in high school and also saw The Temptations and the Four Tops a couple of times.

I love a good sad song as well. Lyrics are everything to me.

Thanks for the memories.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

i loved learning this about you.

Susan's Snippets said...

Diane -

I was raised in a very prejudice home...literally not allowed to watch "them" on television or listen to "their" music. So every once in awhile on Sunday morning I would sneak watching a gospel choir because I loved the sound...praise, rock, soul, you name it...I love all "their" music.

I have raised my children to be accepting of people by the character traits they display not by the color of their skin.

My Dad, unfortunately, was raised in a different place and time and never was able to cross over to be accepting of all.

his world was very white and small

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74WIXYgrad said...

I really know if we can have all sad songs in a WIXY triple play.