Last night, First Person Arts celebrated Valentine’s Day the way we do best: with stories of love sought, lost, and unrequited during two back-to-back sold-out shows at World Cafe Live. The theme was “Ex-Files.” The second show featured a tale by special guest, Anna Goldfarb, the writer behind the popular dating blog www.ShmittenKitten.com, and author of the new humor memoir, Clearly, I Didn’t Think This Through.
Dating can be a wild ride. Just ask last night’s late show Slam winner and Audience Favorite, Steve. Steve told an endearing tale about being unable to contain himself during an awkward high school date at a church carnival. Like most carnival rides, Steve’s tale comes full circle. His circle: A simple and uplifting reminder that regardless of what comes up, life goes on.
Our early show winner, Megan would agree. Her story told about a born again bank robber who stole more than just her heart. Megan already believed in life after death, but this man taught her that life also goes on after love.
Former Grand Slam winner, Marjorie won over the crowd at the early show, taking the title of Audience Favorite.
Steve, Winning and Audience Favorite Storyteller: “The Ex-Files Late Show
Megan, Winning Storyteller: “The Ex-Files” Early Show
Last week we posted our first break-up song playlist to help get you in the mood for Thursday’s back-to-back “Ex-Files” StorySlams. Our second playlist takes an empowering tone with songs Hit ‘Em Up Style by Blu Cantrell, Untouchable Face by Ani Difranco, Smile by Lily Allen and more, submitted by FPA fans like Alyssa, Donald, and Amanda. We call this one “You Go Girl.”
This year’s back-to-back “Ex-Files” StorySlams are less than a week away. We’ve asked FPA fans through Facebook and Twitter to share with us their go-to songs for getting through heart-ache. Over 35 submissions later, we’ve created playlists of some of the most heart wrenching tunes on Spotify to help get you in the mood for next week’s Slams.
First up, our “Cry into Pillow” playlist. Guaranteed to snotify you via Spotify. Curl up with a tear-sodden pillow and enjoy this playlist of some seriously sniffly sob songs.
Stay tuned for our next playlist of break-up songs that are bound to empower you.
With our Ex-Files StorySlam coming up, we’ve had break-ups on the brain. Inspired by the fabulous song choices submitted on our Facebook page, the FPA staff put together shared their fave tunes for when they’re in the dumps post-dumping. Apparently, we share an old soul in this office, because our top tunes include lots of hits from the 60s through 70s. The Supremes, Bill Withers, a couple Nina Simones… picks and videos are below.
Share you best break-up songs in the comments.
Ne Me Quitte Pas- Nina Simone and Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone- Bill Withers
“’This house ain’t no home.’ I think those lyrics are sweet, sad and powerful. Poor ol’ Bill. And I like the Nina Simone song because she is not shy in showing her desperation and sorrow. It’s all part of the healing process and she does it so poetically as an artist only truly knows how.”
Breaking Up is Hard to Do- The Carpenters
“It’s a great song with its simple and direct message. Yup, breaking up is hard. Can’t argue with that.”
I’m Gonna Leave You- Nina Simone
“It’s not all sappy and woe is me. She’s standing up for herself and doing what has to be done.”
You Keep Me Hanging On- The Supremes
“Well, the intro is just awesome, has this relentless drive that feels like the ex-lover’s grip on the relationship. And there is such pathos and strength in the lyrics. Who hasn’t had (or hasn’t been?) that ex who can’t let go? I love that she’s just calling him out on his bullshit, but it’s clearly difficult.”