I’ve loved this song for 10 years but I never really “got it” until now, and now my heart is broken and shards of it are swimming around my insides.
Here’s my playlist about leaving Texas and moving to New York. The songs are about Texas, or by Texas, or about New York, or they remind me of someone, or they are about leaving or about arriving. Some of them are a lot of those things at once! This one should be listened to in order.
I compiled this bittersweet soundtrack to my ’90s memories — created very consciously while they were actually occuring. It crosses genres like crazy but all the songs evoke in me a very specific, poignant heartache. Title courtesy Max, from Noah Baumbach’s “Kicking and Screaming.”
150 Favorite Songs, #145: I Want You To Hurt Like I Do, Randy Newman
It blows my mind that a lot of my peers think Randy Newman is just a goofy old dude who wrote the songs in Toy Story. I grew up listening to Newman constantly. From Marie to Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear to Sail Away, Newman is one of the most empathetic, funny, heartbreaking, smart songwriters in history. I love this song because it’s one part winkingly clever and one big part incredibly sad and incredibly truthful. I think that “misery loves company” is the truest truism ever to true, and this song takes that idea to its natural extreme with a story of a father abandoning his family and explaining that he just wanted them to feel as bad as he always has. Honest I do, honest I do, honest I do.
in the continuing saga of me spending a copious amount of free time building a soul / teen pop / doo wop / r&b jukebox for myself in spotify, i have discovered the best song of all time — a precursor to “man down” and “paper planes,” and a refreshing antidote to the frightening number of “he hit me and it felt like a kiss” songs that permeate the collections I’ve been combing through. amazers!