Aug 24, 2007
Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.
Web Extra: Break-Up Song Contest Winners
- In the wake of a break-up, writer Starlee Kine finds so much comfort in break-up songs that she decides to try and write one herself—even though she has no musical ability whatsoever. For some help, she goes to a rather surprising expert on the subject: Phil Collins.
Starlee was also assisted in her efforts by musicians Joe McGinty and Julia Greenberg, who co-wrote "The Three of Us," the song featured in this story. Joe took some photos during the recording session. Plus, we had a break-up song contest!
Starlee Kine is co-creator of the Post-It Note Reading Series in Brooklyn.
Joe McGinty's most recent CD, with his band Baby Steps, is Kiss Me, Stupid. It includes another song heard in Starlee's story, "This Song Is Three Days Old," which is available for purchase at his MySpace page. (29 minutes)
Julia Greenberg is co-author of the rock musical People Are Wrong.
Stevie Nicks. Image courtesy of The Nicks Fix - The Official Stevie Nicks Website.