Hey! It’s Music Monday!
There’s nothing I like better on a cold winter’s evening (and sometimes in the summer too) is a cup of Irish coffee and some dark classical music. Whether it be a mournful aria or a draggy dirge in a lovely minor key, the dulcet tones of a sorrowful violin or the lamenting mezzo-sorprano.
I thrive on that shit.
Forget about the dog dying in movies or some drama on television. Youwant to bring a tear to my eye, play me a tune in a minor key. Those gloomy chord progressions will get me every single time.
Here we go.
Dido’s Lament – Dido and Aeneas, Henry Purcell
In operas, someone always dies. Here, it’s Dido. She’s taken poison because her great love, Aeneas, has abandoned her. Grab the tissue and take a look at her first lines: (Belinda is her lady in waiting)
“Thy hand Belinda….darkness shades me….on thy bosom, let me rest…
More I would….but death invades me….Death is now a welcome guest….”
And the great, greatc Jessye Norman brings these lyrics right to your doorstep.
“Remember me….but ah! Forget my fate…..”
Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven
One of the comments on this video (paraphrase): “I listen to this in the dark with a cup of tea…like a psychopath”
Frederic Chopin – Waltz in A minor
Sergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude, Opus 2 #2 in C sharp minor
John Williams – Theme from Schindler’s List, Performed by Itzhak Perlman
Go ahead. Get the tissues, sob, breathe, then touch up your black eyeliner and tighten the laces on your Doc Martens. I hope you enjoyed my little gothy list of classical songs.
Peace, Love, Unity