in which music makes things better

Music to fix a dreadful day, in roughly recommended order (first and last are absolute):

  • Aria: Bach, Goldberg Variations (I suggest the Glenn Gould version)
  • All The Trees Of The Field Will Clap Their Hands: Sufjan Stevens
  • Playing Cards With Judas: Sarah Slean
  • Oh My Sweet Carolina: Ryan Adams
  • Naked As We Came: Iron and Wine
  • A’soalin’: Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Goodnight Moon: Shivaree
  • This Is Not The End: Laura Gibson
  • Spottieottiedopaliscious: Outkast
  • Whiskey and Wimmen’: Canned Heat; w/ John Lee Hooker
  • Fighting For My Love: Nil Lara
  • Sly: The Cat Empire
  • Home and Dry: Pet Shop Boys
  • Red House: Jimi Hendrix
  • Decatur, or, Round Of Applause For Your Stepmother!: Sufjan Stevens
  • Which Side Are You On?: Dropkick Murphys
  • The Night That Never Ends: The Cat Empire
  • 16 Military Wives: The Decemberists
  • The World Turned Upside Down: Billy
  • The Trapeze Swinger: Iron and Wine
  • Shame: The Avett Brothers
  • Little Plastic Castle: Ani DiFranco
  • As Cool As I Am: Dar Williams
  • Hallelujah: Rufus Wainwright
  • Falling Slowly: Glen Hansard
  • The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores: Morrissey
  • Four- Color Love Story: The Metasciences
  • Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing: The Magnetic Fields
  • Die Die Die: The Avett Brothers
  • They Are Night Zombies! They Are Neighbors! They Have Come Back From The Dead!! Ah!!: Sufjan Stevens
  • Nina Simone: Feeling Good

All feel- better mixes should end with Nina Simone singing Feeling Good, actually- every last one. It’s like magic.

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