I’m in the midst of doing a rewrite as I finish up a manuscript and, as is often the case, I’ve been listening to music to motivate my creativity and/or reflect the moods of my characters.
For better or worse, one of my favorite artists EVER is Miss Helen Folasade Adu, aka Sade…
So for a stretch of time last night, I was working while listening to her hit parade of heartbreak. I skipped all the sappy stuff (nothing against sappy, but I needed to be in a dark mood) and went straight for the gut-wrenchers. I decided I’d share with you what I feel are the top three songs in her wretched, thorny garden of ugly love.*
Next up in her reign of pity is what’s arguably the world’s second saddest song (you’ll see why it’s not the first in a minute). It’s a lovely little ditty called Pearls, and it’s so bleak on a lyrical level that it made me never want to go to Somalia, lest I see that woman scraping for shit by the side of the road. This is also a live version, because Sade, if you’ve never seen her live, is beyond awesome. Prepare to be awash in the feeling of wanting to jump off a bridge…
Huh? Shit. That’s a LOTTA tears. Much too much of a burden for anybody.
Anyway, if you care to see the rest of the godforsaken lyrics to that most unhappiest of tunes, click HERE. Otherwise, here’s the video for the aptly titled, King Of Sorrow. I would say “Enjoy,” but it’d sound stupid. So, um, listen and weep like all your hopes and dreams were just ravaged by both Scylla and Charybdis.
*If you survive all these songs without the slightest bit of malaise, congratulations…you’re officially numb. If they make your heart a little heavy, again…sorry. Writers hate to suffer alone.