Sad, Sad Songs

August 12, 2021

Grab a box of tissues. This episode of Music Blocks is about the powerful and inventive ways musicians take sadness and turn it into memorable music. We’ll hear examples from Four Tet, Charles Mingus, Samuel Barber, Joeboy, Youssou N’Dour and Neneh Cherry.

Stuff to think about after you’ve listened:

  • Sometimes when we are sad, we want to feel that emotion. Are there songs that you play that help you to feel sad? 
  • Think about a person or an event that you want to write a sad song about. What kinds of sounds would you use? 

Ready to explore more sad sounds? Check out this playlist on
Spotify or Apple Music:

This is one of eight Music Blocks episodes exploring how musicians express emotions through sound. You can listen in any order.

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Music Blocks is a production of Colorado Public Radio's Audio Innovations Studio.

Hosts and Producers: Luis Antonio Perez and Rebekah Romberg
Editors: Jo Erickson and Dennis Funk
Education Advisor: Carla Aguilar, Ph.D.
Executive Producer: Brad Turner

Thank you: Monika Vischer at CPR Classical, Bruce Trujillo and Willobee Carlan at Indie 102.3, Jodi Gersh, Kim Nguyen, Mia Rincón, Clara Shelton, Hart Van Denburg, and all the teachers and students who shared feedback and attended virtual focus groups as we developed this podcast.

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