Hey guys. It's Tuesday. It's Tuesday, and it's already one of the worst weeks in recent memory. Over 50 people were killed by a gunman at a music festival in Las Vegas. Puerto Rico is struggling to get by after being devastated by a hurricane. Tom Petty died
. There's a lot to feel bad about. And if you're like me, you might be feeling the urge to punch your couch pillows really hard, buy a plane ticket somewhere, and/or leave your congressman a voicemail laced with profanities.
And I'm not saying you shouldn't do that (or that I won't do that). I'm just saying that I should probably give myself a second, have a good cry, and then take a deep breath. So here are some songs to help me (and you, should you so choose) do that.
1. "Angel Dream (No. 2)" - Tom Petty
You remembered to buy Kleenex right? We're gonna need some Kleenex. We lost a legend yesterday.
2. "Dynamite (Acoustic)" - Sigrid
Sigrid is a relatively new musician, but I very much identify with her lyrics, especially the ones for "Dynamite" which sound like they deal with feeling out of place.
3. "One Too Many Mornings" - Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash
You better believe Bob Dylan wrote a song about waking up and feeling shitty. Add Johnny Cash's deep vocals and you've got a song to cry over your beer with.
4. "Yesterday Was Hard on All of Us" - Fink
If you haven't heard Fink's thoughtful acoustic sound, but you've really enjoyed crying into your pillows over the National for the past few years, here's your new jam.
5. "My Own" - Whitaker
True story: this song somehow ended up on my running playlist a few years ago and I accidentally listened to it after a particularly hard day. And that's the story of how I started sobbing during a casual weekday workout.
6. "All Wash Out" - Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros
I don't really know what this song is about, but it's a good one to take a few deep breaths during. I think it's about trying to console people who are very, very sad. I'll take it.
7. "3:16" - Jhene Aiko
Jhene Aiko knows how to write a sad song, and this is the saddest. In her other songs about heartbreak or confusion, she's at least a little angry. In this one, she's just devastated.
8. "All We Do" - Oh Wonder
Being a human is hard. Oh Wonder recognizes this, and asks: how do we make it easier for each other?
9. (I'm Gonna Start) Living Again If It Kills Me - Hayes Carll
Hayes Carli reflects on how miserable he is, but how necessary it is to move on.
10. Rise Up - Andra Day
This isn't a bummer song, but I want to leave on a high note. Make sure you listen to this one last.