by Apa Agbayani, Bea Amador, Enzo Escober, and Jam Pascual
We listen to sad songs when we’re sad because we don’t want to be alone. There is a unique sense of peace, tinged deep blue, that comes with knowing that some song by some artist who doesn’t know your story resonates with the same frequency as your strained heartbeat. The lucky have friends and family and a robust sense of self-image to pull them through. But even when all those things are there, you’ll always need music.
What began as a Young STAR classic by alum Regina Belmonte is now a tradition we intend on continuing annually until the world runs out of tears to cry. We resurrected the idea last year with a playlist much like this. This year, the drill is the same — we’ve put together some of the songs that held us in times of distress and grief (or, well, during rainy season, when most people really feel it) and tell you why we love them. We hope they hold you too.