Well, as i'm sure you can guess from the title, there's been a fairly recent development in the life of E.G. Evans. After roughly 2 1/2 years, i am on my own. But don't you fret, my friends. I have Josť Cuervo to keep me company! And they always say to write what you know, so i figured this would be an appropriate time to do a column that i've had planned for a while but was saving as a last resort. Instead, i find my mind thinking of nothing else given my current situation. So this weeks column: The Best Break-Up Songs!
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No as a warning to my female fans - which many of you are - in case it hasn't been made clear, i am a guy. Therefore, my column has always been from a guy's perspective, and this column is no different. I won't be writing about Backstreet Boys or Journey or assorted other female-targeted "bands." (Can you sense the disgust?) I'm a rock guy, so that's where my mind will be coming from. Also, these songs, for the most part, aren't going to be about my poor broken heart. They are going to be about realization, understanding, and acceptance, however hesitant i might be. However, in the interest of fairness, instead of doing a top ten or top twenty or random list, i've decided to set this up by genre. That way, i don't just write an entire column about matchbox twenty. That's for when i have no ideas left at all.
Folk: Dave Mason - We just disagree. I know this wasn't a genre you were expecting to hear from me. I wasn't expecting it either. However, this is a song that seems to cross all genre and all situations to me. I first identified with this song when i filed for the restraining order again my father. This is a song about moving and realizing that sometimes a parting of ways is just inevitable, and it's nobody's fault. "There ain't no good guy. There ain't no bad guy. There's only you and me, and we just disagree." It's a song about just accepting life as it comes. You may wonder what the other person is up to, but in the end, you jut have to accept that you're better apart. Honorable mention: Fleetwood Mac - Secondhand News
Metal: Disturbed - The Game. This one is strictly for the guys. I know my female fans may take that personally, but if you hear the song you understand. It's all about lyrical content for me in this column, and the lyrics to this song are strictly for guys or lesbians. Here's a sample: "Is she not right? Is she insane? Will she now run for her life now that she lied to me?" And he doesn't mean that figuratively. He means "run for her life." I know, it seems a bit excessive. But when you've been dumped or experienced a very bad break-up, all emotions are too the extreme, right? So this is the perfect song for the guy who's been fucked over and is just pissed off as hell.
Honorable mention: Godsmack - Awake
Pop: Barenaked Ladies - Too Little, Too Late. This song, to me, accomplishes exactly what a break-up song should, in my humble lonely opinion. Now generally i prefer songs the songs that are penned and sung by Ed Robertson. (One Week, Falling For the First Time, Testing 1,2,3) This is one of the exceptions. This is by definition a pop song, and so it is a fun song. It has fun pop guitars, fun pop vocals, fun pop drums, and yet it has lyrics that you can relate to. "I could be good, and i would if i knew i was understood. And it'll be great, just wait. Or am i too little too late?" And the most important thing: although the lyrics are about a relationship falling apart and you find yourself relating to the lyrics, the music is crafted so well that you find yourself just lost in it and enjoying yourself. You briefly are just enjoying yourself and having fun. God bless you wacky Canadian bastards!
Honorable mention: matchbox twenty - Leave
Rock: matchbox twenty - Downfall. Okay, technically this isn't a break-up song. This is a pre-breakup song. This is that song you listen to when you see that it's all falling apart and realizing you'd be better off separate, but you're clinging to that last bit of hope. "Be my savior, and i'll be your downfall." It also could be argued that this song is more pop than rock. But listen to that outro guitar solo and tell me that's pop! The song starts of at a quick pace that immediately captivates you, yet it is subtle and quiet, just piano chords and drums. Then a guitar comes in playing a riff that's so smooth, it seems almost stream of consciousness. And then it slowly builds up as you do just to explode right when you can't take the build-up anymore. This song is a roller-coaster, which makes it the perfect candidate for a break-up song. And an outro near-rap that i learn was completely ad-libbed that makes you wish you could come up with such words during your own discussions. And come on, would you like to hear an entire choir singing what you're thinking, "Only love can save us now."
Honorable mention: Pearl Jam - Black
Well, i just realized that this is over 900 words, so it seems this is going to be another installment piece. I hate to leave you hanging, but part of the challenge of doing a column is trying to stay within a structure, and i don't want to leave that behind now. Let me just leave you with these thoughts. I would suggest that you download these songs, but that is illegal, so to cover my own ass, i suggest that you find someone who has a copy of these songs so that you can experience them. At the very least, i suggest that you find a site such as www.letssingit.com and view the lyrics to these songs. But you are responsible people and your decisions are your own. (Nudge nudge, wink wink, grin grin, say no more.) Being dumped after being with someone you love for 2 1/2 years leads to quite a bit of time trying to deal with it, so tune in next week where i will try to conclude this topic.
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