Monday, June 4, 2012

Torch songs and sympathy

It's actually embarrassing to me how crappy I have felt this week as a result of the flame-out of a really brief (and, inevitably, doomed) affair.  It would seem that several years spent in monk-like isolation can have a deleterious effect on one's self-possession when suddenly confronted with any level of romantic interest, no matter how transitory or ephemeral.

What I mean to say is that I need to re-learn how to handle my shit in dating.  Sigh.

Very fortunately, a friend recommended to me Regina Spektor's new album.  It's kind of spooky that Spektor has not one but two songs on this album that kind of wrecked me: one pure torch song, and one loving slap upside the head to a friend who has been listening to too many torch songs.  Many thanks to Ms. Spektor, should she be bored enough to read this blog.


  1. Regina Spektor's second album, "Begin to Hope," did me right through the interminably long summer after the end of a long-term relationship.

    Even more astonishingly, I still love that album (and all of Spektor's work). It's a good 'un that doesn't get tainted by whatever circumstances originally made you put the thing on repeat for three straight months.

    Which is to say, sympathies. But also: I approve.

  2. I love Regina Spector. I recommend her duet with Ben Folds on his album "Way to Normal." It's called "You Don't Know Me." That album got me through a very dark time last year. The song "Cologne" is hauntingly good.

    Anyway, better times are coming. Comfort, friend.

  3. Oh sweetie. I've been listening non-stop to the Ballad of a POlitician. Its almost driving me crazy, but I can't get enough of that song.

    Music is gooood!!!!!