Heartbroken, Son? Now You Can Really Enjoy the Music!

When my kids were little, and I'd be playing and talking about music with them, they'd say, "Dad, what is this song about?"

You can probably guess my answer. Because eight out of 10 songs (not an official stat) are about the same thing: Love. Of course, that one simple word cannot begin to explain that very complicated subject as it lyrically weaves itself in and out of every genre of music. This is especially true with the dark side of love. You know, heartbreak.

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Gather Round While Dad Bums You Out
I'm still teaching my kids about music, and these days I tell my teenagers, "As much as you love music now, you'll never begin to understand its power until you fall in love."

I continue, "And you'll never fully understand its power until you've had your heart broken."

Chances are -- if you are older than, say, 25 -- then you know the understanding to which I refer.

First, you joined the "hopelessly in love" club, which made the music light and wonderful, just like your new love. Every song was your song.

"Gee, I think I'll make her a mixtape" (Today, they're called "playlists," and they don't take nearly as much effort, but no doubt the mushy thoughts propelling the effort are the same.)

Then said love ripped out your heart.



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edcoleman3
edcoleman3

Tom Rush's "No Regrets" ... "The hours that were yours echo like empty rooms / The thoughts we used to share, I now keep alone / I woke last night and spoke to you, not thinking you were gone / It felt so strange to lie awake alone." Oh man, he captured that feeling...

bkskaggs
bkskaggs

David Ruffin_Pieces of a Man and Lorraine Ellison_Stay With Me....you're welcome.

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

A classic! I guess I should take this time to admit that mine was almost definitely Weezer's "O Girlfriend."

Liz Boyle
Liz Boyle

Jigsaw! Too funny! I think I had my first heartbreak right around the time Sky High was on the radio ;) Great read, thank you!

Up On The Sun
Up On The Sun

I don't know, "they all want me / they can't have me" is pretty profound.

Derek J Cooper
Derek J Cooper

Not the Macarena not the Macarena not the Macarena

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