Well I think it’s safe to say, love sucks. A lot of times.
Sometimes getting through heartbreak feels nearly impossible. Music is cathartic. In times of heartbreak, or just general sadness, I try to refer to an old saying of mine – “music will save your life.”
And then today, I read an article titled: Broken Hearts Are Truly Painful, Research Shows on the Huffington Post. A very informative as well as surprising article, obviously- they go on to describe comparisons in brain functioning in people describing physical pain versus societal rejection, heartbreak, etc- and how incredibly similar the brain patterns are. Truly not very surprising, when you really get down to it, but still, remarkable nonetheless. They also explain how the same part of the brain controls both physical and social pain, which may be the most important correlation. They also make reference to Broken Heart Syndrome, which is a sort of deep depression type of state following great loss, when experiencing a deep rooted sort of grief.
Sorry- you won’t find Miley Cyrus or Justin Timberlake on this list. It’s mostly indie, alternative, alt-rock, folk type stuff, with a lot of oldschool-Patsy-Cline-stuff in between. Check out a YouTube playlist with these songs included at the bottom of the playlist below. Also, Spotify playlist below! Sad songs for sad people.
& feel free to let me know what I left off.
What lies inside a cage of flames? The truth, the heart, but burned up before you can see it. Only traces remain in the ashes, a pattern you guess at or invent, an intangible thing that might leave a mark, but could just as easily blow away. — Rene Steinke, The Fires