Monday, June 18, 2012

Music Monday 6/18

First, I didn't forget about Weigh In Wednesday last week. I just don't own an E-Reader so I didn't really have a lot of input.

This week we're doing something a little bit different. Ordinarily you see this at the beginning of the Music Monday posts.

Music Monday

It's really no shock to anyone that music is an important part of writing to many authors. Many post playlists for their novels and, as a reader, I enjoy listening to them and trying to figure out how the songs fit. It can be tone or lyrics.

But sometimes a random song strikes me as something that relates to a book. There could be just one lyric that fits with a story or character relationship. But somehow the song always reminds me of the story. So that's what these posts are going to be about.

But this week I want to talk about a song that tells a story. I know most songs do but this one strikes me every time I listen to it. If I like this one I may do more posts like it.

So, today's song: "Your Ex-Lover is Dead" by Stars


God that was strange to see you again
Introduced by a friend of a friend
Smiled and said 'yes I think we've met before'
In that instant it started to pour,
Captured a taxi despite all the rain
We drove in silence across Pont Champlain
And all of the time you thought I was sad
I was trying to remember your name...

This scar is a fleck on my porcelain skin
Tried to reach deep but you couldn't get in
Now you're outside me
You see all the beauty
Repent all your sin

It's nothing but time and a face that you lose
I chose to feel it and you couldn't choose
I'll write you a postcard
I'll send you the news
From a house down the road from real love...

Live through this, and you won't look back...
Live through this, and you won't look back...
Live through this, and you won't look back...

There's one thing I want to say, so I'll be brave
You were what I wanted
I gave what I gave
I'm not sorry I met you
I'm not sorry it's over
I'm not sorry there's nothing to save

I'm not sorry there's nothing to save...
(Italics are a man singing
Underlines are a woman singing
Both are both...obviously)

I think what I like about this one so much is that there is both a man and a woman singing. It gives this impression of telling both sides of the story. They haven't seen each other in a while and how they ended wasn't exactly easy. They've faded over time but it doesn't seem to be completely gone.

You hear songs about seeing someone you broke up with and they're usually empowering, 'I never really loved you' type songs. This song comes across as genuine. There's a little bit of that in the "I was trying to remember your name" and "You tried to reach deep but you couldn't get in" lines but it's not fake. It feels like a real hurt. That awkward we're not together anymore and I'm almost okay with it feeling.

The fact that they need to be brave to speak to each other suggests that the hurt is still there. There's still something about it. I love the whole last verse. They don't regret any of it and I think that's wonderful. It has a definite raw feeling to it.

The beginning of the song is blatantly telling a story, so there is of course that. But in the beginning I love the line about being introduced and the "I think we've met before." It's got a good touch of coincidence and story telling.

I never get sick of this song. It's raw and sad and beautiful every time I hear it. It's a brilliant song that captures how awkward and painful and exquisite moments like that can be.

Lyrics here: AZ Lyrics
Video here: Youtube
Everything belongs to Stars. They have such wonderful music.

Does anyone have any good story-songs? What do you guys think of "Your Ex-Lover is Dead?"


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