I love Sufjan Stevens! He really helps me to deal with frustration and disappointment, a feeling that I find both constant and paralyzing. I think that in many of his songs, the melodies are generally sad but tbe choruses are loud and defiant, sometimes even triumphant. This seems to the listener as if he’s physically expelling through his music the feelings of melancholy that seems to swamp them. This is most self evident in his Christmas music.