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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED - LOVE BREAKS HEARTS; WORSE, IT RUINS SONGS; SONG REMAINS THE SHAME
New York Post - New York, N.Y.
Author: STADTMILLER, MANDY
Date: Aug 24, 2006
Start Page: 063
Section: New YorkPulse
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"My first boyfriend thought he was a poet. Wait, it gets worse. My first boyfriend thought he was a poet but he dreamed of becoming a mime. He also had a long blond ponytail. Henry was willing to drive me anywhere, so off we went, sans map or directions, just heading south with the assumption that we'd find a scenic coastal spot - you always do, if you head south in Maine. As is usual in driving situations, I wanted to listen to a tape. 'Oh yeah,' Henry said, fishing in the glove compartment. 'Um, I made a tape. We can listen to it.' The first song was Simon and Garfunkel singing 'Cecilia.' He took one hand off the wheel and grabbed my hand off my lap. 'This is our song,' he announced. His palm was sweaty. "When I finally called it quits in the fall, he was so upset he began mailing me drawings of bursting eyeballs - no notes, just sketches of popping veins and detached retinas. Then he started calling my radio show every week, anonymously, to request Tool songs. (This was to let me know that in addition to being upset, he was angry). Ever since then, the sunny intro of 'Cecilia' has made me cringe."

"With post-breakup vengeance schemes on my mind and several crates of records at my disposal, I created Liz's Triple Threat, a three-song set that I would play whenever I saw them [exboyfriend and new girlfriend] enter the club. It started with New Order's 'Bizarre Love Triangle,' second only to 'Blue Monday' in terms of post-Joy Division floorpackers. The title of the song alone said everything. We were three points of a geometrical figure connected by a string of events that could, at best, only be described as bizarre. Next was 'Always on My Mind' as covered by Pet Shop Boys, played to remind him that I was in the booth, hovering above like a spectral reminder of a relationship that neither of us could shake. The set concluded with Kon Kan's sample-heavy 'I Beg Your Pardon (I Never Promised You a Rose Garden),' all sappy lyrics and beats that pulsated through the floor like a telltale heart.

"It all happened in college. My last chance to be in a musical at Fordham University. 'Pippin' was being cast . . . I had to get into the show. 'Desperado' by The Eagles was a song I loved and identified with. I decided to audition singing that song. I sang it out loud on that big empty stage and waited to see how I would be cast. I wasn't. Flung my dance shoes out the window into the pachysandra. I had given up on performing for good. Yes, very dramatic. And every time that song came on the radio, I was furious. I used to love that song. Now when 'Desperado' comes on the radio, it just reminds me of my dismal, dreadful failure. As well as my dance shoes that I had left behind in the bushes."

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