Music Monday: Relationships Of All Kinds

by Scott Lydon

Happy Music Monday! 'Tis the season to spend time with family, and what does that mean? Interpersonal conflict! So today, in all our honor, Scott's got a playlist full of relationship issues. Maybe it'll distract you from that fight that's going on in the kitchen...

The Bangles - If She Knew What She Wants

 

Communication is key in human interaction. Unfortunately, we can't always put our feelings into words. Sometimes you can get along with someone so well, you assume they can read your mind… but then you get a little reminder that they can't.

More heartbreak to come! See you after the jump.

Human League - Don't You Want Me

 

Everybody's favorite '80s song is the story of two people with two stories who just can't figure out who's running the show. Really, who among us CAN'T identify with this poor waitress at a cocktail bar? Or, alternatively, the big important mogul. Everybody's been in both places at one time or another, after all.

Toni Braxton - Unbreak My Heart

 

Of course, when the smoke clears, we often want to rewind and go back to being close again. This Toni Braxton song might be about a far more serious situation than, say, fighting over what to get a brother-in-law for Christmas, but it's still the same basic concept, right?

Bruce Springsteen - Used Cars

 

But, of course, the only relationships aren't the romantic ones. Family bonds are some of the most powerful. This Springsteen song tells a sad, shared story of a frustrated family who knows they're getting a bad deal but kinda have to play along, because there's nothing else they can do. It's a brave face, sure, but in their heart they're all thinking what that little boy is thinking. And, under the music, you can hear how that frustration ties them all together.

James Ingram - (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Wanna Be Right

 

At the end of the day, though, be it agape, philia or Eros, love is a thing we all share with each other. And all those emotions we have are bad, what in the world could possibly be good?

Escape your family by stopping by our Turntable.fm room for the regular Music Monday enjoyment. Also, let us just remind you: some images come from the corresponding Wikipedia page and are here under fair use.