Author’s Note: This post is a segue-way into a non-related post about one of my favorite album releases of the year. That post will be up here shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy the badassness that is P!nk. ‘Til we meet again…soon.
The end of a relationship can be devastating. You lose your best friend, your partner-in-crime, your lover, your forever – and you feel as though you’ll never find or regain that love and trust again. While there are other people out there, and your “True Soulmate” could be wandering around looking for you, the pain of that cherished relationship still stings. It crushes you from the inside out, makes you doubt the direction your life’s been headed in, and it just plain sucks to be sad and depressed over the dissolution of it.
I experienced the feelings above almost two months ago, and the pain is still raw. Moving on is one of the hardest things to do, especially if you were in a long-term relationship and friendship (as I was). While time will make strong words and open wounds heal, that love is gone and that’s something that I’ve learned to accept. At the end of the day I realize that I am better off, and being single has really helped with the creative process (it happens).
Of course, I am hooked on TV shows, films, and songs that have broken relationships at the heart of their storytelling. And thanks to my love of break-up songs, I’ve had an easier time of repairing my broken heart versus having a music collection full of sappy love songs. *looks at music collection* Well…the ratio of break-up songs is 2:1, so that’s not too bad.
P!nk is one of my favorite artists, and this year she released her hotly anticipated record, The Truth About Love. I didn’t get a chance to hear it until today. I held off listening to this record because P!nk is the favorite singer of my former other-half, and the emotions were still too fresh to sit down and listen to this record. I threw on my Big-Girl Panties and gave this record a spin, and I was definitely not disappointed.
Going in reverse order of their release to radio and music television, “Try” is the highly emotional second single off of TTAL that has received lots of attention for it’s beautiful-done video and heartfelt lyrics. P!nk’s performance of this song recently at the 2012 American Music Awards had many fans and critics praising the complex artistry of the representation of a fractured relationship that both parties are struggling to keep alive. There are some people who see the “violence” between the two lovers as a literal part of their relationship and have voiced their concerns and critiques of it. There are those that see the physicality represented as more of a metaphorical visual to the turmoils and emotions that relationships offer to both partners – at least that’s how I see it. Take a look at the video and listen to the song and come up with your own conclusion on what it represents:
While “Try” features a couple trying to make things work through the tears and the anger and the love present in their relationship, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” is the opposite – the perfect “Fuck you!” song. “Blow Me” tells us that we gave it our best, we got screwed, so what do we do? Throw up both middle fingers and walk away, laughing hysterically ’cause we’re better off without them. We will survive, we will move on, and that relationship was a part of our life that helped us grow and realize that there is someone else for us. Check out the video below:
The end of a relationship holds many feelings for both sides, but in the end we can only learn and grow from that experience and continue on with our lives until we do find that one person that makes us laugh, dries our tears, and all of that mushy love stuff that happens when you’re head-over-feet for some. And if the new relationship doesn’t work out either, at least we have two awesome P!nk tracks to end 2012 with that could be useful in the future. Thanks for the emotional ride, P!nk.