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.
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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.”