1-Nothing Compares 2U
Made famous when sung by a mournful Sinead O’Connor in her black and white music video, singing tearfully into the camera. “It’s been so lonely without you here…”
This classic was originally released by Tears for Fears, but the version featured in the film ‘Donnie Darko’, wow. “The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had…”
3-Seasons in the Sun
An oldie but a goodie, and really a one hit wonder for Terry Jacks. About a man who knows he is dying and bids goodbye to his family and friends, particularly his wife. “Goodbye, Michelle, it’s hard to die…”
4-The Sound of Silence
Recorded by the duo musical group Simon & Garfunkel and written by Paul Simon in the months after the assassination of President John Kennedy. Though many fans of the plaintive song came across it featured in the film ‘The Graduate’. Featuring a popular, known song in a movie was quite unusual at the time, and this began a trend of using established music in the soundtracks of films. “Hello Darkness, my old friend…”
This simple little ditty, recorded by Belgian-Australian artist Gotye, who’s rather known for some depressing stuff all around. This one is bringing tears as it’s typed. About losing a beloved animal friend to death. The animated music video is its own special kind of wrenching too. “We will be with you, and hold you till you’re quiet…”
The title says it all, right? A dark song from a man for whom dark is the name of the game, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails. This song is self-loathing despair incarnate. And the re-make by the Man in Black himself, Johnny Cash, is intense with the realization of his impending death. The video for this cover features Cash and his wife, in all their elderly romantic glory, and it hurts to watch. “Everyone I know goes away in the end…”
This is a slow and sad ballad by the Cowboy Junkies. Much loss and disappointment here. The singer laments the man she once knew, longs for his return, knowing full well it is not destined. Yet continues to commit her loyalty through sadness, despair, and broken dreams. “Never thought a life could lose so much hope…”
Let’s take it right to the very eternal end here, folks! Loss, inevitability, and death, death, oh death. “The coal black sea waits forever…”
And while we are on the topic, let’s take it on home with Bruce Springsteen’s tribute to the heroic firemen killed in New York City on September 11, 2001.
10-Wish You Were Here
Pink Floyd’s wistful tale of disillusionment, you know all the words! Smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em. “Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?” Everybody okay? That was rough, wasn’t it? Whew! Written by: Naomi Stillinger likes to use Mosquito whenever she can. She knows the real reputation management definition, and that’s allowed her to excel in her job.