Songs for a Broken Heart

Photo Red heart painted in a stone surface by Juan David FerrandoMusic is powerful: it inspires, awakens, heals, soothes, and unites our souls. So here’s a list of songs for a broken heart – before, during or after a breakup:

(The links take you to a video on YouTube)

Check out this page for 12 songs about loving someone you can’t have or loving someone you shouldn’t.

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Photo credit: Juan David Ferrando

Songs About Loving Someone You Can’t Have

Lately, there’s a recurring theme in my short stories: love; more specifically, forbidden love. The exploration of that theme has given way to several stories which will remain under lock and key. But there are three stories I want to publish and share with the world.

One of those three stories centers around Josh and Hanna. And while it’s been easy to see their dark, complicated world, connecting to their innermost desires and getting their angst to show up on the page has been difficult. Can’t pinpoint why either. So I’m resorting to my favorite cheat: songs to inspire writing.

I’d love to hear your suggestions for other songs!

A quick list of songs about loving someone you can’t have or loving someone you shouldn’t:
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Live Like You’re Dying by Lenka

The lyrics say it all. And Lenka’s voice delivers them beautifully (listen below). Even pain is a reminder that I’m alive, and I’m living like there’s no tomorrow. So I move forward with open eyes, a genuine heart, and an acute awareness that the moments will make up for the hurt.


One of these days you’ll be under the covers
You’ll be under the table and you’ll realize
That all of your days are numbered, all of them one to one hundred
All of them millions, all of them trillions

So what are you gonna do with them all?
You cannot trade them in for more, no, no

Take every moment, you know that you own them
It’s all you can do, use what’s been given to you
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When Your Mood Doesn’t Match Your Character’s…

The story of David and Dawn needs finished. The ending – well, technically it’s the beginning – has never been in question. My muse has had it gift-wrapped and ready to be opened since I finished “Misery’s Constant Companion.” I just haven’t made myself open it yet. No idea why, really. But today is the today. Or at least I hope it is.

You see, I’m having trouble getting into the character because my mood is so–happy is the best way to describe it. And the two scenes I need to write to finish the story are not happy ones. They’re dark and sad and somewhat depressing.

So how does one tap into their character’s mood and feelings?
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Top 5 Songs to Fuel Emotional Scenes

I’m not sure if all writers rely on music for added inspiration before, during, or after specific types of scenes, but I do. When I’m going to write a dark scene with graphic violence or heated dialogue, I’ll listen to bands like KoЯn, Seether or Disturbed. On the flip side, when I’m writing an emotional scene, one filled with inner turmoil, self-reflection, or no-turning-back decisions, the most played artists in my iTunes account include Linkin Park, Band of Horses, Blue Foundation, Ray Lamontagne, and Damien Rice, to name just a handful.

I’ve handpicked the top five songs to inspire writing in heavy emotional scenes and/or scenes primarily centered around a character, his thoughts and actions, and how his world and others will be affected by them. These songs evoke specific emotions from me that filter down through my muse into my words. Sometimes the lyrics are the key; sometimes it’s a mixture of the singer’s voice, the melody, and the mood.
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Band of Horses – ‘I Go to the Barn Because I Like The’

I’m such a total Gemini. How else can I explain lovin’ hardcore horror movies and soft-hearted music? Don’t get me wrong: I also enjoy soft-hearted movies (except “chick flicks”) and hardcore music. I guess there are just too many sides to who I am to ever fit me into one label, genre, type, or whatever. I likes what I like even if that makes it difficult for certain things I do (e.g. this blog) to nest in a specific area or niche.

Why this song? It just so happens that tonight, Psych‘s season four finale featured it. When I heard the song in the episode, I knew it was Band of Horses, but I didn’t know which song. I did a little searchin’ and found it on USA’s Psych forum. This band’s music feels honest and full of vulnerability. Plus, there’s a hint of sadness. I dig it!

Without further ado, please enjoy the video below for however long it’s available on YouTube. And hey, if you like the song, support the band and buy their album.

Did you like the song? Why?

Check out “The Funeral,” too!


Band of Horses official site | Albums: Cease to Begin and Everything All The Time

Jason Mraz – ‘If It Kills Me’

Good gawd! I can’t stop playing this song. Seriously, I need help. Is there a hotline I can call with someone to talk me down from pressing the “replay” button again? Jason’s voice covers my skin in goosebumps. I feel this song every time I listen to it. Thank you to the song gods for this beautiful tune . . . and Jason’s talent.

Side note: now this means my daughter’s favorite song, “I’m Yours,” is getting bumped from our regular playlist for a while. Have a listen below.

10 Years – ‘So Long, Good-bye’

I discovered this song last night on YouTube. Wow! I can definitely see its healing power for the broken-hearted. I don’t know, maybe it’s more empowering than healing. After someone hurts you, having the ability to close that chapter on your life is really, really difficult. A song like this one could definitely give you the mental and emotional support to stay away from the one who caused you so much pain. I’m happy whenever there’s a song written so perfectly for certain situations that you cannot believe it’s from the mind and heart and soul of a total stranger. Anywho, the song really hit me in a place deep down inside, buried, and locked away. It’s haunting me now, playing over and over again in my head. Check it out and let me know what y’all think. The band is 10 Years and it’s off their CD, Division. If you like the song, be sure to support the band by purchasing it from iTunes or Amazon.