Created By: Beatriz on July 30, 2009 Last Edited By: Worldmaker on January 25, 2011
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Songs of Solace

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Besides the usual entertainment value people listen to music when they are feeling depressed, sad, or if they have gone through a rough time. Turning the volume up all the way helps block out the various sounds of the world around you and enables you to forget reality, for a little while at least.

For someone who has their personality based around this trope see Headphones Equal Isolation.

This is, of course, Truth in Television.

Examples:

  • In the anime Elfen Lied, during her horrible childhood, a lonely Lucy meets Kohta and spends the summer with him. One of the most notable things they did was sitting out in the rain together while listening to the song "Lilium" coming from Kohta's music box. For the first time in her life, Lucy closes her eyes and is able to forget everything terrible that's happened to her thus far, for a moment. At various points during the series she hums the song, reveling in the wonderful memories she shared with Kohta. In her words she "was able to survive that long because she clung to the hope that she would be able to meet Kohta again someday and apologize".
  • Shown above, in the earlier episodes of Neon Genesis Evangelion Shinji regularly listened to Track 25 for "You are the only one" and Track 26 for "Blue Legend" on his SDAT player in an attempt to shut out the world. In episode 25 when the batteries finally go dead, he ignores it, which is a sign of his increased apathy.
  • Xander plans to do this when Buffy rejects him in the first season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
"I'm just gonna go home, lie down, and listen to country music. The music of pain."
  • In Angel, not only does Angel listen to music when he's depressed, his song of choice is Barry Manilow's "Mandy".
  • Edward in Twilight listens to music in his car to calm down after meeting Bella and almost killing her.
  • In Lilo & Stitch, Lilo slumps down on the floor and listens to "Heartbreak Hotel" after being rejected by the other girls.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • July 25, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The song "Angie Baby", sort of.
  • July 25, 2009
    BAKABILLY
    I'm thinking...maybe Legend of Black Heaven? Oh, and the song "Sound System" by Operation Ivy: Sound system gonna bring me back up One thing that I can depend on Try to describe to the limit of my ability: Its there for a second Then it's given up what it used to be Contained in music somehow more than just sound This inspiration coming and twisting things around Because you always know that it's gonna have to go You always know that you'll be back in the cold. Point of departure sublimated in a song Its always coming to give me that hope for just a second Then it's gone, but! (Chorus) Static pulse inside of music bringing us escape. Its always temporary, changing nothing in its wake... Just a second where we're leaving all this shit behind Just a second but its leaving just this much in mind: To resist despair, that second makes you see To resist despair, because you can't change everything To resist despair, in this world is what it is to be free (Chorus) Wake up turn my box on Bust the shade, let the sun in times getting tougher 'bout time to start runnin' Box in my hand music by my side Skankin' to the rhythm of the music by my side

    Good song, much needed trope!!
  • July 25, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    This sounds like it would be nothing more than a Troper Tales topic where people list off the songs they really love.

    This probably doesn't belong in YKTTW, but rather, in the forums.
  • July 25, 2009
    Chaotic Dreams
    In Neon Genesis Evangelion doesn't Shinji frequently listen to tracks 25 and 26 on his SDAT player?
  • July 25, 2009
    Bisected8
    For someone who has their personality based around this trope see Headphones Equal Isolation
  • July 25, 2009
    Shellsh0cker
    No, I think this is tropeable, though it certainly will have quite the Troper Tales page. For the YKTTW though, try to keep it to fictional examples.

    Xander plans to do this when Buffy rejects him in the first season of Buffy The Vampire Slayer.
    "I'm just gonna go home, lie down, and listen to country music. The music of pain."
  • July 29, 2009
    marjojo
    Edward in Twilight listens to music in his car to calm down after meeting Bella and almost killing her.
  • July 29, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In Lilo And Stitch, Lilo slumps down on the floor and listens to "Heartbreak Hotel" after being rejected by the other girls.
  • July 29, 2009
    Magus
    The title is too clunky. How about Song Of Solace?

    To prevent the problem described above, rework the introduction so it says "A shocked or depressed character listening to music alone" or the like.
  • July 30, 2009
    SevenMass
  • January 23, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    • Lullabyes are often used as Songs of Solace.
      • "Soon" is sung by Thumbelina to comfort herself because she's lonely. Her mother later sings it to comfort herself over her missing daughter.
      • "Baby Mine" from Dumbo is sung by Mrs. Jumbo to comfort herself and her baby because they've been separated due to the former's going Mama Bear to protect her baby.
  • January 23, 2011
    shimaspawn
    I honestly thought this trope was going to be about using music as magic to make people feel better.
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