For many years, I was left describing this sound as "sad music," "music that moves my soul," or "I like music written in minor keys," but it's really much more than that.
So, it is my honor to present to you:
Spirit Sorrow: A macrogenre of music encompassing authentic expressions of sorrow throughout a variety of sub-genres including but not limited to: folk music, spirituals, flamenco, yoiking, throat singing, folk-metal, and bossa nova.
This genre includes musical concepts such as: high lonesome and saudade. Most music in the "Spirit Sorrow" genre includes a vocal element, so as to call the collective human spirit forward into our emotional bodies.
Examples in the 'Spirit Sorrow' Genre
Here's a great example, an acapella version of: "Wade in the Water" by Sweet Honey In The Rock.
Example: Chega de saudade, composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes, interpreted by João Gilberto
Here is an example of Jindo Arirang (beginning at 2:58), which comes from Southwestern South Korea, the region where I was born.
- Kang Song-dae, Master Singer
Spirit Sorrow Playlist -
A Carefully Curated Collection