When I was a teenager I had a great, I mean truly great, collection of heartbreak records, tunes that oozed the pain of unrequited love and delivered the feel bad factor.
When every single word makes sense
Then it’s easier to have those songs around
The kick inside is in the line that finally gets to you
and it feels so good to hurt so bad
And suffer just enough to sing the blues”
I invested a goodly chunk of my adolescence on sitting on my bedroom window-sill staring out at the grey sky above the poplar trees, whilst the record player dished out pathos at 45 rpm. The adolescent tortured romantic soul exemplified. Happy days! (no really)
I think this melancholic nostalgia was triggered by just hearing the song ‘Jar of Hearts’ which is a fine fine newer contribution to the heartbreak genre. Just got me musing idly on the intensity of life, feeling and longing as a teenager. I forget who said that ‘adolescence was the human condition on steroids’ … but it’s a really great descriptor of the intensity and heightened sense of being alive; the highs and lows.
Another bi-product of this muse though is that tonights’ play list will be full of the angst ridden likes of:
Waren Zevon: Reconsider Me
Andy Kim: Rock me Gently
Richard Thompson: Waltzing for Dreamers
Culture Club: Do you really want to hurt me
Tears for Fears: Mad World
Other suggestions welcome!
“Songs are never quite the answer just the soundtrack to a life” Badly drawn Boy