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Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 | 13 comments

Twisted Mix-tape Tuesday: Hauntingly Beautiful

I’m not a fan of what is now considered a “slow jam”.  I like slow songs that are not sappy, boring or banal. I also like slow songs that are haunting or beautiful.  With most of the music I listen to, it has to strike a chord or it has to grab me and not let go. Most of what makes up commercial pop ballads do not fit within my criteria for a slow jam.  So here is my Slow Jams Twisted Mix Tape.


1. May This Be Love-Jimi Hendrix

I like this song because it meanders like a leisurely walk in the park and the lyrics are simple and beautiful.  There’s a “us against the world” vibe to this song as well.

2. By My Side-INXS

I find this song to be haunting as well. It’s the yearning of a person to see their heart’s chosen for reassurance.


3. Oh, Sweet Nuthin’-Velvet Underground

This is what those of us over 40 refer to as a “classic slow jam”.  I heard this song in the movie High Fidelity.  It’s one of those songs where you get lost in it when you listen. That’s why I love this song.

4 Fade Into You-Mazzy Star

I find the vocals and the melody in this song very haunting and beautiful. I also love the slide guitar. Both complement the lyrics about unrequited love.  This is a timeless song.

5. Nights in White Satin-Moody Blues

This is a song I would describe as “lush”. I absolutely love the orchestra arrangement in this song.  That along with the vocal and lyrics make for a hauntingly beautiful song.

Kathy Kramer

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  1. OK you are now inducted into the Jen and Clark hall of fame. Because we LOVE our Jimi. We love it HARD. But meanwhile… this list is impeccable! You really brought it, and hit the nail on the head. No need for pop my friend. It is what you need that matters. Rock on. And BTW you must listen to that Hendrix tune on a pair of GREAT headphones. It’s amazing.

    • compliments on the non -overly-played Hendrix… it took me several bars to remember the rest of the song!
      ..ultimate compliment, I did not stop when I finished writing this fairly brief Comment lol

    • lol totally agree Jen! ( wrote my Comments before I saw this, your comment)… what fun it was ‘re-remembering’ a Hendrix song!)

  2. great mix and we both had mazzy star!

    Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy need to listen to your mixtape

  3. I really loved every song on your list so much that I can’t even single any out that were my highlights. Fantastic!

  4. Velvet Underground and Hendrix – alright!

  5. Hendrix rocks, and so does this list!

  6. I love haunting and beautiful music, too. So much. And have to admit that I’ve never heard of Mazzy Star before. I’m so glad for the introduction because her voice is seriously amazing.

  7. One of my faves so far. Love that you included Mazzy. I think that song has made it onto my blog three separate times now!
    And the Moody Blues!!!!!!

  8. Wow! Every single song on your list was something I cut from my mix tape! Great minds. Good listening! :)

  9. I love that Hendrix i s first. I almost put one of his songs on my list and then at the last moment, added Clapton. I adore those hauntingly, beautiful songs and voices that reach into my soul and pull some feelings out. Great choices.

  10. Nice inclusion of INXS. Makes me miss Michael. Great song choices for helping me get on my mellow today. :)

  11. Thanks all for the comments. I’d actually never heard the Jimi Hendrix song until I was in my 30s and the moment I heard it, I fell in love with it. If I were getting married, this would be the song I would pick for the bride & groom dance. I just discovered a Songza playlist called “Hauntingly Beautiful” and I’m going through that right now.