Saturday, December 3, 2011

Musical Stories Special Edition: He's just not that into you ...

Sorry I've not been around this week. It's mostly due to the end of NaNo and joining the beta test of a new online game, Star Wars, The Old Republic (WoW in space and absolutely amazing). I'm hoping to catch up with your blogs over the weekend and, from next week, I'll be blogging three times a week for the foreseeable future.

This week is the last special edition of Musical Stories before we start series three. I know that 'he's just not that into you' is not a genre but the title was too good to pass up! I'm not sure there's a category for broken romance, but perhaps someone could put me right on that score.

I've broken my own most rigid rule this week. The last of these songs is over eight minutes long. I had to include it though, as it is one of the best examples of this kind of story I have ever heard. I've tried to balance it out by choosing two other songs that are shorter than usual. I hope you enjoy them.

My first choice has to be the ultimate demonstration to a woman that yes, it really is over and he's not going to change his mind. And, even if he does, girl you really don't want him back!

For the second song, you just know he still loves her, but he's going to keep telling himself he doesn't until he believes it. I actually wanted to give you Elvis Costello's version of this song, which is incredible, but I couldn't find it anywhere online. So you get another singer who I love instead.

The final choice is a truly epic tale. If you get the time to watch the video, you should. The interaction between the singers is great. A true cautionary tale for loved-up (or 'lusted-up') teens everywhere!

That's it for this week. Have a great weekend. I'm looking forward to catching up with you all soon.

Lyrics here

Lyrics here


  1. My dad and my husband are both playing the beta of Old Republic. I even got to try it out for a while. It was a lot of fun!

  2. Paradise is such a great song. Love it, love it, love it. I'll check out with other songs when my kids don't have rubbish on the telly!

  3. I love Paradise by the Dashboard Light, both the song and the video. I haven't heard of the first two songs, so thanks for sharing them.

    Have a great weekend.

  4. Paradise was the last song played at every music student party while I was at college . . .

    Such interesting memories. Those parties are pretty good writing prompts all by themselves. :)

  5. Before I even saw your videos, I just somehow knew the 8 minute one would be Paradise. I haven't heard that one in years, great choice.

  6. I LOVE this special edition! There are so many songs that are perfect for this! Great choices this time! I hope you'll do more in this category again! Fun, fun, fun!

  7. Your title drew me in. The line "he's just not that into you" has graced many of my favorite books, TV shows, and movies.
    Paradise is a great choice. The one song that came to mind for this is "You Don't Know Me." I prefer Jann Arden's version. It's fabulous hearing a woman sing it, although Elvis did it well, too.

  8. Sarah - Oh, what a great choice! I love Paradise by the Dashboard Light especially. Really cool! For a fun, mindless kind of song that talks about this, have you seen/heard Taylor Swift's You Belong With Me? I know, I know, not at all my usual fare - at all. But I think it fits:

  9. I'm a Meatloaf Fan; just love all their songs. I was distracted a bit by that "hair" thing he held during the first half. What was that thing? Uck . .

    Billy Ray Cyrus also does the male version of "Should Have Been Me". He's the only one I've ever heard before today.

    I loved the music of the Sam Cooke song. I could have listened to that without the words. Beautiful.

    I'm not a gamer, but its great to see you enjoying yourself. And so cool you can spend kid time at it too. Did you complete your NaNo project? Well, if you didn't at least you got a good start on a story. That's more important than word count anyway :)

    Have a great weekend Sarah. Don't wear out your fingers on the Star Wars game . .


  10. I don't care for Meatloaf. I'm going to do some Skyrim this weekend. Haven't tried the Star Wars thing, but it sounds fun.

  11. Hi Sarah. Have missed you this past week. Hope you're happy with NaNo as I am. I love Meatloaf although I think they're a bit past it now. At their zenith they were awesome.


  12. I was just about to email you (again)... monkey mama me wondering where you've been! welcome back!

  13. Love, love, love Meatloaf. That song is truly an epic tale--and reminds me of what was going through the minds of most of the dudes I went to high school with when parking in cornfields was the thing to do. (more of those than lakes in Nebraska).

  14. Thank you Sarah for your nice message.

  15. Good choice, including Paradise. Love that song. :)

  16. Haven't heard that Meatloaf song in a long time. Thanks for the flashback!

  17. I had never heard any of these before. Ohmygosh, the eight minutes flew by - they were so entertaining. LOL. =D

  18. 3 oldies but goodies... haven't heard of any of them... okay the first one is my fav:) Thanks for sharing wonderful new songs.

  19. OMG! It's been a gazillion years since I heard any of these. Love the Sam Cooke.

  20. Nooo! I'm just too loved up to believe in broken romance.

  21. I love that Sam Cooke Song! Great choices on the love twist songs. And so sad.

  22. Miriam - I only got to play for three days, but I was hooked way too quickly :-)

    Annalisa - It's one hell of a story, isn't it? :-)

    Medeia - You're very welcome. The video made me chuckle :-)

    Sarah W - As a warning, maybe? ;-)

    Joanne - Aha! My powers of description must be improving :-)

    Leigh - I'm thinking of adding this, and the memoir one, to the regular series :-)

    Emily - I didn't know that one, but I've added it to my list :-)

    Margot - I trust your musical knowledge so I'll definitely be checking it out. I've missed your posts; can't wait until I've caught up :-)

    Donna - Heh, I know. It's a bit off-putting isn't it? Glad I persevered because I loved the two of them together - and you know I have to check out Billy Ray Cyrus now.

    I did hit 50k at about 11.30pm on the final day :-)

    Michael - Hope you managed to get some good time in on Skyrim this weekend :-)

  23. L'Aussie - Let's just say I'm happy I finished! I'm looking forward to catching up with you :-)

    Green Monkey - Hey Shannon, I found your email! Hope all is great with you.

    Julie F - Oh! 'Parking in Cornfields' is a brilliant title for a novel :-)

    Melvin - You're very welcome. I love your music.

    CherylAnne - And to think I was worried about including it :-)

    Stephen - You're very welcome :-)

    Peggy E - Aww, thank you. I'm so glad you enjoy it.

    Inluvwithwords - Yay! I love it when people find something new to enjoy :-)

    Tania - She had one heck of a voice, don't you think?

    Bish - You can never go wrong with Sam :-)

    Patsy - Oh yes, these songs are firmly in the 'fiction' realm for you :-)

    Erin - Don't you just want to shake the girl that Sam's singing about?


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