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Happy books, sad songs

So I’ve had “I Don’t Love You” in my head for days. At times I’ll get tired of having it in my head and I’ll play it on the computer or in the car for my ears. I kept wondering why I liked this song so much. It’s sad. I like…

oh. hm. happy songs? not so much. If I had to compile a list of the favoritest songs ever for me, there’d be like two happy songs on the list. “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds and “Just The Way You Are” by Billy Joel. The rest are sad or at least melancholy. “I Will Follow You into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie, “Only in Dreams” by Weezer, “Songbird” by Fleetwood Mac, “Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis” by Brand New. I’m not sure where “Accused of Stealing” by The Delgados fits, but it sure isn’t happy.

I don’t even know where I got the impression that I liked happy songs. I do need my books to have happy endings. I don’t know why this feels like a revelation. Probably it’s just an odd quirk.