Thursday, February 14, 2013

Musical Monday on Thursday: Anti-ValenTunes

So today is Valentine's Day. Which means a Special Musical Monday (I didn't want to spoil the surprise early)
To be ironic and all hipster I figured instead of a bunch of love songs I'd post Anti-ValenTunes. And this has nothing to do with that fact I've been single every Valentine's Day ever (*wink*), it's just that I prefer the sentiments of love, peace, one-worldness, and happiness of Christmastime over the  manufactured "here's-the-day-you're-supposed-to-express-romantic-love-to-last-the-whole-year" sentiment of this holiday.

So here are the most Anti-Valentunes I could think of:

Linkin Park: Valentine's Day
Don't let the title fool you, this one's all about being depressed after a breakup and being alone on Valentine's day. It's definitely dark, but lyrically quite beautiful in its metaphors. Unfortunately, one year I was consoling a sister after a break-up (in early February) and I still kick myself that I didn't immediately change the song when it came up on the CD, thinking it would just be background noise, and we were using Linkin Park to channel angry feelings. Needless to say, it was one of the more heart-wrenching moments when she suddenly realized what song it was and the lyrics were saying.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: Thin Line (feat. Buffalo Madonna) (lyrics NSFW; rated-R for expletives)
The musicians of the moment definitely deserve all their success, and I hope people actually listen to the full The Heist album cause seriously each song is awesome.  I can't imagine this song was written about his current relationship, cause homeboy Ben Haggerty just proposed and his lady said yes!! (Although, I am basing all this off a pic of the ring on Instagram so keep that in mind).
This song about a failed relationship really stands out to me lyrically, some of my favorite lines are below:
"The greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing women that they look better in their make-up"
"Bought a one night stand just to bootleg, a duplication of something authentic"
"My mouth is a sawed off shotgun ready to pop off, how's the truth taste? My job comes with a complimentary toothpaste"

Damien Rice: Rootless Tree (lyrics NSFW; rated-R for one particular & repetitive expletive)
The ULTIMATE post-relationship/wallowing/angry song. Quite cathartic to sing/play when dealing with leftover emotions post-breakup. Also, in the mist of all the "eff-yous" there's one "I love you" that is heartbreaking each time you hear it because honestly, if you have to play this song it's because it isn't over for you yet...(no I'm not speaking from past experience *wink* again)

Gotye: learnalilgivinanlovin
Because this can't be a completely downer post, let's remind ourselves that unlike the commercialized message behind Valentine's Day, we can take it another way and decide that we don't have to reserve all our love for just one person on one day but we should take our joy, happiness and brotherly love and goodness and "share it round" to make the world and ourselves a lil better for it.

And then just because we're on the topic of Gotye and unromantic songs, and homeboy won a few Grammys the other day, for STIYTK in particular (*ahem* *cough* RECORD OF THE YEAR!), here it is, the breakup heard round the world:

Gotye: Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra)

1 comment:

P!nky said...

TYPE OUT THE WORD! I hate the acronym found all around!