Favorite breakup song

Monday, July 18, 2011

Here is my answer to "American Songwriter"'s number 4 question ...

A Fine Frenzy is a master of tragic love songs -- her debut album "One Cell In The Sea" is full of great ones. She's also a crafter of quirky, fun songs (her sophomore album, "Bomb In A Birdcage"). But I think her true genius lies in her incredible ability to perfectly capture a flailing romance through melody and lyrics. "Almost Lover" is the first song I'd ever heard from her and remains my favorite song of hers, and I just so happened to be coming out of what I thought was an "almost romance" at the time when I first heard it.

Another favorite of mine is "Stay" by Lisa Loeb. There are so many things about this song I love, but nothing I can really verbalize. I just think that the music of the mid-to-late '90s was so much purer and insightful. Maybe it's because I was young and I'm sentimental, but this song is just the bee's knees. It says what I often feel in a much more interesting way :).

Last but not least ... this probably isn't one of my top, top favorite breakup songs (as you know, I'm a huge fan of sad songs), but this song keeps coming up as one of the most beautiful I can think of.  I stumbled across Tara MacLean when I was in Taipei, watching the English-speaking music video countdown. Her song "Divided" was popular there at the time and I fell in love with her voice. This is my favorite song off of her album "Passenger."

Oh, and I almost forgot a true favorite: Jeff Buckley's "Last Goodbye." It's slow to start but has an optimistic tone to it, in spite of the sad lyrics. I think it's the art of a man who has true clarity and has gained closure. Another song that came to me at a perfect time to verbalize feelings I was too overcome to put into words for myself.

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