Music for the depressed

Posted On: Wednesday - February 21st 2018 9:23PM MST
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Quite a long time ago there were two friends I had that had problems with depression. One grew out of it, so far as I know, and the other didn't. I believe they became closer friends themselves due to this common problem. It's kind of weird how things really have not changed a lot from yesterday, yet the view from inside is just so much worse. It's not that I've ever felt this much, but just enough to know how it could be.

This 3rd song posted here by the 10,000 Maniacs band (after "Lilydale" and "Hey, Jack Kerouac"), is one that is about depression. Now, you don't need to be depressed to understand it, but it probably sure helps! The lyrics are such good writing by Natalie Merchant, and it has a cool beat and pretty good melody too. This is from the In my Tribe album, same as "Hey, Jack Kerouac", called "Like the Weather""

BTW, I first wanted to embed a different youtube video, also of this studio version, but it seemed way speeded up, as an antidote to depression, perhaps? The wierd thing is, it's only 7 seconds shorter, out of almost 4 minutes, but it was very obviously too fast and high pitched. It seems a 3% increase in speed, hence pitch also, is very easy to detect. Our ears, or brains, are amazing.

I've got to present the names of the 10,000 Maniacs now, as I've neglected that twice now:

Rob Buck - Guitars
John Lombardo - Guitars
Steve Gustafson - Bass
Dennis Drew - Keyboards
Jerry Augustniak - Drums

Next, the name of the epic Smashing Pumpkins album Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness just would suggests a state of depression, though Billy Corgan, per Wikipedia just said the album is based on "the human condition of mortal sorrow". I dunno, just look at the cover to see - great artwork!

This is just one hell of an album. It was not really a "concept album", but the THREE RECORD vinyl album had the 6 sides named: "Dawn", "Tea Time", "Dusk", "Twilight", "Midnight", and "Starlight". The CD two sides were "Dusk to Dawn" and "Twilight to Starlight". The tempo and sound vary every other song, in general, from ballad to fast distortion rock and back.

This is just posted along with "Like the Weather" due to that evocative cover art, and here is my favorite song of the album, the 9-minute long "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans" (Don't worry if you hear nothing at first - the long intro ramps up for 2 solid minutes.) You probably should lay down and have the lights off for this one.

The Smashing Pumpkins:
Billy Corgan – lead vocals, lead and rhythm guitar, piano, mellotron, autoharp
Jimmy Chamberlin – drums, vocals on "Farewell and Goodnight"
James Iha – lead and rhythm guitar; vocals
D'arcy Wretzky – bass guitar, vocals on "Beautiful" and "Farewell and Goodnight"

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