ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Medicine in Melancholy- Songs to Lose Your Mind To

Updated on January 10, 2019

There is only so much words can express

Earl | Source

You are not alone

For a feeling so universal so universal, melancholy seems quite underappreciated. There is a good reason for this, how do you communicate the warmth of being sad at nothing? It seems almost an arrogant thing to feel, in fact it most probably is. However, human beings are arrogant creatures. Therefore, unless you are one of the select few of us that have achieved enlightenment (congratulations by the way, see you on the other side) this article is to celebrate you moving forward when your brain could not find a reason to smile- you are not alone. Plus, as a proud member of the human race, I believe in the right light, our arrogance can be somewhat charming.

Riot!- Earl Sweatshirt

The inability to communicate itself seems to be the well this feeling springs from. You are not alone, but you will never be understood. In all the languages under the sun, we struggle daily to paint our realities for other people trapped in realities of their own. The problem is the portrait is always incomplete, our understanding of ourselves is incomplete and a painting is never the same to two different people.

As of the day I post this article, “Some rap songs” by Earl Sweatshirt is my favourite piece of art from 2018. The album sounds like a person trying, and failing, to communicate his reality whilst holding himself together with duct tape. Riot is the song where he fails. The complex lyricism, earnest introspection, and raw energy fade away into a hauntingly whimsical instrumental, that is as gorgeous as it is tragic. You will never be understood, but you are not lone- So that’s ok

You will never be understood

Long time- Playboi Carti

How do you explain to someone the pleasure of being sad at nothing- even if this person has experienced that same feeling? Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question, but a good place to start would be to play them Playboi Carti. Long time is a hypnotic song. With its glistening synths, hypnotic repetition, and blissful delivery, the piece sounds like what it feels like to drown in meaninglessness. A song that serves as a reminder that you can love, live, die, and most importantly party- yet still feel empty. You are not alone in this feeling.

Drowning doesn't sound too bad

Sound and vision- David Bowie

It must be clarified here that melancholy is not glamorous, it just is what it is, one of the subtler consequences of those creases that come with the beauty that is the human brain. We are always aware, on at least a subconscious level, of the bigger picture removed from ourselves. The catch is we are so small compared to this picture, that the only detail we can truly understand is how much bigger it is than us. Melancholy comes with this understanding. Human beings are exquisite creatures, we assign meaning to everything. A collection of sounds we call music, a collection of captured images we call film; we then deem them both as not only important, but beautiful. It is a wonderful trait, but it comes with its consequences. Sometimes we look for meaning in the chaotic and sometimes we find nothing. That is ok, you are not alone. So, we rejoice when we can keep going regardless and empathise with those for whom this is not as easy.

Truth be told we are all drowning in the warm waters of the meaningless, and it seems to be getting clearer every day that none of us even has the perspective to know which way leads to air. As you could imagine this is an incredibly difficult feeling to capture in music. But songs to lose your mind to was created to celebrate artists that succeed in capturing the difficult. David Bowie was one of those artists and sound and vision is a beautiful song, because it is a song that understands that you will feel melancholy again, and that you are not alone in this- and that’s ok.

You will feel melancholy again


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)