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Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) #2675082
09/13/17 06:55 PM
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I guess it's worth keeping an eye on the overall theme of what I'm playing. This afternoon my wife says, "Why is everything you play so sad all of a sudden?"

Er... who, me?

I hadn't thought about it. Let's see what I've been playing lately: Send in the Clowns, Mr. Bojangles, You Don't Bring Me Flowers, Speak Softly Love, American Pie....

Hmm... she might have a point at that.

So now I've started on Bob Seger's Old Time Rock 'n Roll. smile

I guess she was worried about me; I hadn't even thought about it as a theme or anything. I just like the way that stuff sounds.

I guess the lesson here is to think about how what you're playing might sound to someone else who's around to hear it.


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Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675096
09/13/17 07:56 PM
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The three classical pieces I leaned first, after a few years of beginner material, were Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, Chopin's Preludes in Emin and Cmin. Turns out they're all funeral marches or about death in some way. Maybe I'm just drawn to the pieces in minor keys, or the heavy, slow and somber sound. I'm not particularly obsessed with death, but I love those pieces! My favorite jazz pieces are Autum Leaves and Killing Me Softly (not quite jazz but I'm learning it with a lead sheet). Maybe I should see a psychiatrist?

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Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675098
09/13/17 08:07 PM
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I like sad songs, and it's pretty much all I play. I don't much care what others think in that regard. I can't practice songs that I have no connection to, they just don't speak to me. I hope that made sense.

BTW I like those songs you named except for the last one you started. I'm finishing up Ravel's Pavane, and a Brahms Intermezzo, both sad, and I love them more than I can describe. I'm starting the Orpheus by Gluck, and that will take me FOREVER to learn, well almost anyway, but I LOVE that piece and what else do I have but time to learn a beautifully SAD piece. When I learn that piece, I'm going to look at Rac's Vocalise.

Happy pieces can go jump into the proverbial lake.

Enjoyed your post!

Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675141
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I like the "Old Time Rock n Roll" choice. I want to learn "Against The Wind" myself. I love the piano/guitar solo in that.


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Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675157
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There's something beautiful in sadness. And sometimes we need that moment of beauty. For me personally, it gives the opportunity to express myself and I think it is very therapeutic (can't wait to be able to play Rach prelude in C sharp minor). I feel that happy upbeat music, for me at least, is moreso for getting me in the good mood rather than expressing my already good mood. I don't know if this is the case for other ppl. laugh

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Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675160
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I recently took a few weeks off of a Chopin piece because some bits of life made me just too sad to work on it.


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Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675211
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I try to alternate. The slower numbers are easier physically, I wouldn't want to put Charleston, The Stripper, and Anything Goes all in a row.


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Re: Why are you playing such sad songs lately? (Who me?) [Re: FrankCox] #2675609
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love Send In The Clowns! I play a lot of 'sad' pieces too. smile

Agree so much with what Muhwu said!

For me, sad songs seem to have more depth to them whereas happy/upbeat songs are a bit more 'surface level', but that's just my take. The happy ones are my go-to pieces to play for fun or when I'm in a lighthearted mood, but the sad ones really take it out of you (emotionally draining... or releasing!)


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