Crying Songs: a Song Swap
Sadie Damascus
Saturday, June 9, 2012, 12:00pm
Music 4 - Room #219

In the musical universe, sad songs hold a special place. The stories they tell are moving and blue, and the melodies are poignant, often in a minor key, and unusually haunting. Certain songs we learn can contain our sorrows until called upon by singing to release them. Often, "crying" songs are very personal to individual singers, so come to this song swap and listen respectfully; maybe share your own special song of heartbreak, betrayal, unrequited love, early death, ironic tragedy, star-crossed lovers, dissatisfaction, or whatever makes your eyelids wet.

Sadie Damascus grew up learning ballads from records, mainly, in rural Vermont. She collects different versions of the ballads, and never tires of sharing them. She now lives on the Russian River, where she writes, copy-edits, grows herbs, draws, and sings. As The Laughing Lady, she reads humor and comic stories Sunday nights from ten to midnight on Radio KGGV (streaming at and Wednesdays from five pm to six on Radio KOWS (streaming at