I hear sadness

You can hear what you want to hear – or if you’re not lucky, you can’t control it. I like the sound of sadness, when it’s based in love and celebration, a last goodbye, until next time.

So I hear it in what the band Guided by Voices thought would be their last record, Half Smiles of the Decomposed. It’s an autumn record – not “Nick Drake autumn,” but autumn in that each song sounds like the last, the end.

Sadness in the song “Then She Did…,” by Jane’s Addiction. And now that I know it’s about his mother’s suicide, well that makes sense. It’s some kind of beautiful expression of that, like pulling a large thorn out of his side. The sadness steeped in love is the one that knows we have to go, and can’t take it with us.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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