While I have a post up at CAKE OVEN that celebrates the entirety of love, my best pal, the Louise to my Gene, BeccaJaneLee said “HEY XENO. We should do a blog where it’s about ‘Not Love‘ because that’s an amazing idea” and I was like “YES. ‘Not Love‘ is amazing!”.
We smacked our brainiums together and came up with an amazing game to celebrate Valentine’s Day: We will each select 7 brokenhearted songs and then merge our respective posts together to create a weird chimera-like blog filled of anger, passion, depression and freedom and basically see how much this mess resembles that which we have all no doubt looked like at some point.
On that note I present…
“14/02’s & Heartbreaks – 7 Songs For Broken Hearts On Valentine’s Day”!
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE – ‘Cry Me A River’
You better believe it always starts with Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River’.
Having filled the song with references to what happened between himself and Britney Spears, the melodrama of it all along with Timbaland’s flawless production makes this song a classic for its simple message of “F*ck you” tantalisingly sung by Timberlake in an amazing falsetto performance.
KELLY CLARKSON – ‘Since U Been Gone’
A power-pop number, ‘Since U Been Gone’ is delivered with such charm by Kelly Clarkson that it feels like an evening of drunkenness you experience after a break-up.
Sounding like a dance-floor filled with friends, this number basically tells you “You’re better off” because let’s face it, you probably are.
CHILDISH GAMBINO – ‘Heartbeat’
Childish Gambino paints the illicit-love story with ‘Heartbeat’. For me it represents a couple grasping at anything to hold on to the chaos that they are.
With an electro-beat covered over by Gambino’s flow and singing voice, it definitely sounds like the guilty pleasure the couple are indulging in.
JAMES ARTHUR – ‘Impossible’
James Arthur covers Shontelle’s track ‘Impossible’ and takes it to a far more emotional place with a rawness which really evokes the feeling of the lyrics.
With it, James Arthur won the 2012 season The X-Factor U.K while causing us to collectively relive our saddest memories.
DARK WAVES – ‘I Don’t Wanna Be In Love’
A haunting melody pushes Dark Waves melancholy into your face with their track ‘I Don’t Wanna Be In Love’.
While the title says it all, lyrics such as “Just say the word if you wanna go, Go and fall in love with someone else. Go on and find someone better” hit it home with this “I’m-going-to-go-curl-up-in-the-foetal-position-now” number.
PALOMA FAITH – ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’
The ultimate “walking away” song, Paloma Faith’s track ‘Only Love Can Hurt Like This’ takes us on a journey of heartbreak with its big trumpets and Faith’s fantastic vocals telling us “Hey! You know that terrible feeling you have right now? Love. Sucks huh?”.
It sure does Paloma. It sure does.
DRAKE – ‘Marvins Room’
Ahh, the drunken call-back. Drake paints the picture well with ‘Marvins Room’, where the line “But I’ve been drinking so much that I’ma call her anyway” makes you wretch up at your own experiences.
When he says “I know you still think about the times we had”, feel free to drink yourself into even more of a stupor because your heart is done.
So there you have it! My 7 songs for broken hearts on Valentine’s Day. It’s not a definitive list, and I could have easily kept going but these are the ones I’ve ended up, a sort of resonance to each and all fairly straightforward in what they’re trying to convey.
Look for the merged list on the 14th, and you can find BeccaJaneLee’s post with her list here!
Like a break-up, we have no idea what the other has written, nor have we seen each other in a bit!