Monday Meditations: When You’re Feeling Down…

… make some awesome angsty artwork out of it. Come on. You know what I’m talking about. That moment when you have been so miserable, you want nothing more than to make a sad book or some emo music and make yourself feel even more miserable. It’s human. Too lazy to make it? That’s why we have this stuff.


From “The Bridge of Khazad-Dum” by Howard Shore

The Lord of the Rings has appeared on this feature more than once. This happens to be one of the the most poignant moments of the whole trilogy, and it’s largely because of this music. Slowly, the violins breathe with darkness and loss… and then that voice kicks in and cuts your heartstrings like a knife.

“Map of the Problematique” by Muse

This one didn’t seem particularly sad when I first heard it. Slowly, over time, that changed. The lyrics are classic downers, and are positively soul-rending when they are wailed by Matthew Bellamy. If you thought modern music can’t match the emotional depth of classical music… think again.

Adagio Albinoni – Organ”

You will never hear an organ the same way again. This is easily the most quiet, dark and melancholy piece I have ever heard. I’ve come up with a whole character just by listening to this song (he isn’t in The Kingdom Trilogy, if you were thinking of asking).


“Ah, but let her cover the mark as she will, the pang of it will be always in her heart.” Nathaniel Hawthorne (name the book)

“‘By St Dunstan,’ answered Gurth, ‘thou speakest but sad truths; little is left to us but the air we breathe…'” Sir Walter Scott (name this book, too)


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