Aural Fixations, The Rumpus Mixtape #5: Maudlin


Maudlin:  a feeling we don’t so much encounter as create.  A sad place with funereal bits and a ladle of self-pity. Darker than Fitzgerald’s dark night of the soul, it is a place far past despair. A solitary dwelling, ourselves awash in squid ink.  Maudlin is heavy, creaking,  internal. It escapes conveyance, though we ourselves can see and feel it. Fear. Lost in the undertow.

Maudlin is a solitary dwelling; we are alone in it.  Our whole selves seem to be draped with black crepe. There may be no stars, but there’s always music.  Music to fit our mood, to keep us company. We curl inward and just let the music in.  Maudlin won’t last forever, but when it hits, this mix is here. (C.  run time: 58:12.)



TV On the Radio

Live Session (iTunes Exclusive) – EP



Leona Naess

Leona Naess


“Jacksonville Skyline”




“Bridge Over Troubled Water”

Roberta Flack

Rhino Hi-Five: Roberta Flack, Vol. 2 – EP


“Fairytale of New York”

The Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl

The Best of the Pogues


“My Mom”

Chocolate Genius

Black Music


“Sometimes It Snows in April”


Parade (Music from the Motion Picture Under the Cherry Moon)


“Don’t Wake the Scarecrow”

The Felice Brothers

The Felice Brothers


“Famous Blue Raincoat”

Jennifer Warnes

Famous Blue Raincoat: 20th Anniversary Edition


“Pale Blue Eyes”

The Velvet Underground

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Original Soundtrack)


“St. James Infirmary”

Louis Armstrong

The Best of the Hot 5 & Hot 7 Recordings

**Please note that this mix will random generate after the first listen in order to accommodate copyright agreements.**

Anna March’s writing appears regularly in Salon and here at the Rumpus and her work has been widely published including in The New York Times' Modern Love Column, New York Magazine, VQR, Hip Mama and Tin House. Her essay collection, Feminist Killjoy, and novel, The Diary of Suzanne Frank, are both forthcoming and she is at work on two new books. She teaches writing workshops, mentors writers, is active in promoting literary community and is the co-founder of LITFOLKS in LA and DC. She lives in Rehoboth Beach and Los Angeles. Sometimes she has pink hair. Follow her on Twitter @ANNAMARCH or learn more about her at ANNAMARCH.COM. More from this author →