Three things you must know for the following quote to make sense:
1. I have a playlist called “Mopey Troubadors,” which my children thought was hysterical when they discovered it the other day. I pointed out that all the songs were about people who died and/or had terrible things happen to them — a kind of Venn diagram list of star-crossed lovers, murder ballads, Leonard Cohen, and Nick Cave. The children conceded that I had a point with the name. (Sidebar: I am reconsidering the whole Eliza Day/dead subject of a murder ballad thing vis-a-vis Eliza’s name. I mean, it wasn’t at ALL the reason we named her that, but I thought it was a cool bonus to have a sort of indirect Nick Cave tribute worked into her name. I’m rethinking that now that she’s of an age to start putting these things together.)
2. Verdi’s Dies Irae is known to Lucy as “The song from the guy who’s sad about his friend dying”
3. Brothers in Arms from Mad Max is known to Lucy as “The song about the people who just want a better life”
So: I was listening to some Verdi recordings my mom sent me during Lucy’s bath, followed by Brothers in Arms.
Quoth Lucy: Hey! Mom! You should put the song from the guy who’s sad about his friend dying and the song about the people who just want a better life on your MOPEY list!
She has a point.