I was driving to a meeting this morning when NPR had an interview with Will Ferrell talking about his latest movie. During the interview he shared a story about his childhood where he, apparently, sat in the car and listened to songs to “purposely feel melancholy.” I laughed. I thought I was the only person that did this. While we all have songs that we associate with time and place, there are certain songs guaranteed to make me sad, cry, depressed – you name it. I actually had entire tape compilations for the express purpose of wallowing (which have pathetically been aggregated into an iPod playlist dubbed “breakup songs”). And surely if it isn’t just a me thing, it is definitely a chick thing. Except for Will Ferrell.
By the way, the song for Will was “If You Leave Me Now” by Chicago, which he sang a few bars of in lieu of providing the title. For me, it was a Tori Amos song…you’ll have to guess which one. Do you / did you have one??