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Heartbreak the Musical: Courtesy of Cyndi Thomson...

It is a wonderfully rainy day outside thanks to Tropical Depression Bonnie; perfect sheet-fort making weather. I drove home from Austin a day early to beat the rain, and now I find myself sitting in my house enjoying the thunderstorms outside my window. Driving home early ended up being a great decision. The only rain that I ran into on my drive home was in Mobile. The rest of the drive was quite nice. Almost fun, actually...  

Allow me to back up a bit and explain how a 10 ½ hour solo drive can ever be deemed “almost fun.” The night before I left, I was charging my iPod for my car ride home and decided to play a little game with my sister, Jessica. Now, what you have to understand about Jess is that she is the type of person who loves music. She has this talent for being able to hear just 3 seconds of a song, and then tell you exactly what song it is and who sings it. I find this so intriguing. That night while charging my iPod, I decided to try and stump her by playing a bunch of one hit wonders from the 90’s (thank you, Mack and Dave) to see if she could “Name that Band.” The bottom line is that she won and I failed, but more importantly, this led to us reminiscing about the music of our childhood. We discussed and listened to everything from the Black Crows to Mary Chapin Carpenter. We came across one album in particular that stuck out: Cyndi Thomson’s My World.

Now for those of you who know me well, you know that I do not listen to tons of country music. I don’t really listen to any country music for that matter. However, growing up, country music was (almost) all that was played in our house. This might account for why I have such a soft spot for Cyndi Thomson’s My World. After rediscovering the album the other night, I instantly bought it off of iTunes, and the next day Cyndi and I jammed for most of the 10 ½ hour drive home.

This album is one of my favorites partly (or mostly..) because it sounds as if some guy ripped poor Cyndi Thomson’s heart out, and she then decided to make an album commemorating that moment in time. This is why I’ve entitled this post “Heartbreak the Musical: Courtesy of Cyndi Thomson...” The thing that you have to understand about this album is that she writes these sad heartbroken songs, but somehow singing them just makes me so dang happy. (Sad songs that make you happy; now that is what I call a successful songwriter!)  Also, I want to point out that I do enjoy a nice love song (ehhh.. every now and again), but let’s face it, break-up songs are just so much more fun! And when I say break-up songs, I mean tasteful ones, unlike this (here) (Although it's kind of fun too, just unrealistic. Unless you're crazy...)  

Once you get past basic introductions (here), the album begins to tell of a love that Cyndi obviously lost. She sings of what had to have been the last straw before she finally called the whole thing off (here). Reminisces about all of the good time she and her man use to have together (a favorite of mine) (here). Sweetly tells of what she would do if he were hers (here). Jokingly says what she would change if he would just come back (here). Dreams of running into her lost love once more (here).  And then finally comes to terms that in the end sometimes all that you can do is let them go and wish them the best (here).

Kind of cheesy? Yes! Kind of awesome? Yes! I love it! This makes me smile every time :)  And for those of you who are wondering why the heck I just wrote a critique on a country album from 10 years ago... Remember, I had 10 ½ hours in a car by myself driving on the incredibly scenic (that’s sarcasm) I-10. In other words, I had nothing else to do. This was the most productive thing that I could come up with at the time.... But let’s face it, if you can’t laugh after you’ve cried, then what can you do...?

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Reader Comments (2)

Nice critique. I remember "I Always Liked That Best" but I never knew the name of the singer. Here are some other great breakup songs "Too Little Too Late" by JoJo (gotta have the strength to say no when they come begging you to take them back again), "You'll Think of Me" by Keith Urban (you have to remind yourself that they are the ones missing out), "Winner at a Losing Game" by Rascal Flatts (sometimes you just have to throw yourself a good pity party), "Wait For You" by Elliott Yamin (when you want them back again), "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts (when you have forgiven them for hurting you), and "Live to Another Day" by Keith Urban (when you have moved on and realize that you will love again).

July 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAaron

I love it!... Glad you had a good drive home

July 30, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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