Making my heart hurt

January 20, 2007 erinstine

I’m going to say something dumb here:

I love music.

And once in awhile I come across a song that I just cannot get enough of and I want to play it over and over again for a couple of weeks.  It’s usually something folk-y (as most of you know I have a penchant for the sensitive singer-songwriters) and often it’s something bittersweet.  And I probably most often describe it as “making my heart hurt,” a phrase I picked up from my great friend and boss, Sara, in Memphis, that is probably one of the most descriptive phrases I can think of.   So here is a list, in reverse chronological order, of songs that have captured me recently:

1. Regina Spektor – Fidelity

1.5 Beyonce – Irreplaceable (I’m as surprised as you are)

2. Ray LaMontagne – Jolene

3.  Mountain Goats – Broom People

4. Mountain Goats – This Year (a rarity – two by the same artist)

5. Sufjan Stevens – Chicago

6.  Gnarls Barkley – Crazy

And some songs that are constant:

7. Elton John – I guess that’s why they call it the blues

8. Dan Fogelberg – Same Auld Lang Syne

Entry Filed under: Books, Movies, Music, Televison

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kim  |  January 22, 2007 at 1:59 am

    Oh man, “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” is definitely one of my omigod-shutup-and-turn-it-UP! songs when it comes on in the car and then I’m so sad when it’s over. Also anything REO Speedwagon. Heart hurty for sure.

  • 2. ellie  |  January 22, 2007 at 6:42 pm

    you want heart-hurtin’ tunes? please, please, please check out brett dennen for folksy singer/songwriter.

    and it always hurts the worst when it’s the ones we love the most/darlin do not fear what you don’t really know

  • 3. that library girl  |  January 23, 2007 at 1:21 am

    I’ve always loved “I Guess that’s why they call it the blues”, too. My best friend from college has a baby and a toddler, and the only thing that will make them shut up in the car is that song. So we spent lots of time driving around stl. with that song blaring, singing along.


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