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Sadness and Awe: A YouTube playlist

I assembled this a couple of months ago, near the end of the college semester, as background accompaniment for the mountain of papers and exams that I was then grading. It also works as an expressive playlist for greeting and fulfilling emotions of cosmic melancholy and infinite solitude, with a couple of palate-cleansing musical moments in a different direction. (Perhaps the fact that I originally made this as a soundtrack for grading student work says something about the emotions that I tend to attach to that particular endeavor.)

As with the previous playlist that I shared here (“Soundtrack for a Dark Enlightenment,” which duplicates a handful of the items on this new playlist), I have carefully arranged the order of things to provide effective transitions in mood and meaning from one piece of music to the next.


  1. “Untold Stories” by David Darling
  2. “Engravings II” by Ira Stein and Russel Walder
  3. “Abraham’s Theme” by Vangelis, from the soundtrack to Chariots of Fire
  4. “Escape (Piano Theme”) by Philip Glass, from the soundtrack to The Hours
  5. “Drowning in a Feeling” by Alexander Daf, featuring Maria Grigoryeva
  6. “Farewell No. 1” by Shigeru Umebayashi, from the soundtrack to House of Flying Daggers
  7. “The Great God Pan Is Dead” by Jóhann Jóhannsson
  8. “Blood for Dracula” by Claudio Gizzi, from the soundtrack to Blood for Dracula, a.k.a. Andy Warhol’s Dracula
  9. “The Last Man” by Clint Mansell, from the soundtrack to The Fountain
  10. “Into the Twilight” by Bill Douglas
  11. “How We Left Fordlandia” by Jóhann Jóhannsson
  12. “Stones Start Spinning” by David Darling
  13. “Mille Regretz” by Jordi Savall
  14. “Opium” by Dead Can Dance
  15. “Orphée’s Bedroom” by Philip Glass, Movement II from The Orphée Suite for Piano
  16. “Bibo No Aozora” by Ruichi Sakamoto
  17. “Death Is  Disease” by Clint Mansell, from the soundtrack to The Fountain
  18. “Sun and Water” by Danny Heines
  19. “Knocking on Forbidden Doors” by Enigma
  20. “Back to the Rivers of Belief” by Enigma
  21. “How Fortunate the Man with None” by Dead Can Dance