Spaceship Days

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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Particulars of Inspiration...& a video : "Pain in Pretty Things"

  Many people, by the time they reach the age of thirteen, have gone through some sort of breakup. Whether it was with your BFF or tween age crush, we can all probably remember the first time we went from having something with someone to having nothing, and how awful it felt. I myself can recall getting none too gently cut loose at my Eighth Grade Formal with an uncomfortable degree of clarity: All the courage I’d mustered to ask for a slow dance was gone quickly as a snowflake in a microwave.  There was finger pointing, then name-calling. Through it all Peter Cetera  crooned in the background about “The Glory of Love”, blithely oblivious to my pain. All told, it was a lousy way to end middle school. To this day I can’t stand to hear that song.

  See, a breakup is a many-headed beast. Sometimes they take too long, but occasionally they’re right on time. They can be spontaneous and quick, or planned with marching band meticulous precision. They can get carried out with a kiss or with a shout. They can end in a cuddle or a cry.  They can be a relief, or a Shakespearean in magnitude tragedy.  ‘It’s not you it’s me’…’We just need some time apart’…’Let’s still be friends’… and on, and on, and on.

  A break up can be a lot of things, but easy is never one of them.

  “Pain in Pretty Things” is a song about the part of relationships where they end, and the emotional spiral leading down to that place people never really plan for.  The song is an imagined conversation between a Spaceship Days sibling, and significant other who plays drums with an almost famous rock band. It’s about the hows and whys and maybe nots people find to try and explain the reasons they feel the way they feel. The world of Not Easy is the place this song comes from.

 “Pain in Pretty Things” is a song not just about breaking up, but about the internal struggle that comes from your head saying that something makes sense, no matter how loudly your heart disagrees.

One of the coolest things about this song--and possibly every song we've ever committed to a re-playable medium--is the fact that this one got covered.  Our very good friend the Lovely Ms. Lettie P.  performed "Pain in Pretty Things" with her uncle at a school Talent Show.

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