Written by Apa Agbayani, Don Jaucian, Jam Pascual, and Carina Santos
Art by Neal Corpus
In any coming-of-age comes an encounter with a sad song at the exact moment in your life that it’s meant to speak to you. So much has been written of music as a balm, of how sometimes it is enough that each word in a song feels like you’ve said it or heard it some other way in your life — like these sorrows had past lives before they became yours. Now, you have something to sing along to when all other words leave you.
As the rain starts to hit more heavily in these parts, it feels like a good time to revisit a Young Star classic by Regina Belmonte (that we can’t even find online), a list of sad songs originally published one rainy season in the early aughties. Taking it as an inspiration below is another list — not as a “best of” or anything definitive — but as a selection of our personal salves.