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New Tune : Catbells : Fade (acoustic version)


For some time I've been threatening to create a taxonomy of breakup songs.


Think about it. Breakup songs pretty much fuel the music industry.


And why is that?


Because feeling bad sometimes feels really good.


Didn't Willie Nelson sum it up nicely when he observed, "Ninety-nine percent of the world's lovers are not with their first choice. That's what makes the jukebox play."


Maybe you've never wasted much brainpower on it, but there are many different flavors of breakup songs, starting with "Greensleeves" which was written in the 16th century, some say by Henry VIII (between marriages and executions), but it was more likely by a session lutist making union scale.


Anyway, it contains verses like:


Alas my love you do me wrong

To cast me off discourteously;

And I have loved you oh so long

Delighting in your company


Not quite "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" or "Love Will Tear Us Apart Again," but you get the gist.


Which brings me to Catbells.

Born and raised in England, Catbells began writing songs, as well as playing piano and guitar, as tyke. After serving time in a handful of bands, she elected to go solo, choosing to deal with her shyness by adapting a persona inspired by The Tale of Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle by Beatrix Potter.


As far as breakup songs go, "Fade" settles nicely into a category that may have been invented by Lisa Loeb, the "I Get It, But You Could've Been Cooler." It's gentle and breezy, like a stoned Laurel Canyon afternoon in 1974, but it still stings. No doubt fans of Hope Sandoval and the criminally-underrated Black Tape For A Blue Girl will approve.

Now, I don't have the time or patience today to start that breakup song taxonomy, but allow me to offer up a few choice breakup songs that will eventually be included.


How about the "Nonchalant Last Word?"

Come on! "I remember you well in the Chelsea Hotel. That's all, I don't even think of you that often." is pretty cold, even if it doesn't exactly ring true given Cohen's yarn.


Or how about the "I thought We Broke Up, Why The Hell Are You Here?"

Fine, that's not a breakup song per se, but I've been listening to Where I Should End a lot lately.


Anyway, if you and I were having drinks with Catbells right now, you'd probably pull me aside at some point and ask, "So...what's with...you know...the mask?" And I would aloofly respond with something along the lines of, "Don't we all wear masks?"


And then I'd walk to jukebox and punch up some Frank Sidebottom, just to be snarky.

At this time, there's no word on any upcoming releases or shows from Catbells, but I'll keep my ear to the ground.

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