It’s been a long day. It’s been the longest of fucking days. Maybe you are in a band, but working part time as a bartender and you are tired of drunk men calling you cupcake. Maybe you have a crazy nine to five as an assistant to the person whose job you actually want to have. Private lessons cancel on you, rehearsal space rent comes sooner than you imagine, and people shove you on the subway because you are a tiny bug on the windshield of their important lives.
On days like these, I like to have a good cry. Actually, I swear by a good sob, often with dessert in front of me. It is the cure for the occasional New York musician breakdowns. My band actually calls me the “Emotion Lord” because I have so many damn feelings. The truth is, struggling to chase my dream, watching others around me chase theirs, outfits me with a giant storm cloud over my head that I ignore until I throw my purse down in my Bushwick apartment.
This is the playlist for when you just need to cry it out, so you can get back to work like the baddass bitch you are. Grab a pie or sub in cake, ice cream, cupcakes and let’s get crackin.“Sometimes I Cry” – Eric Benet
This is your warm up song, stretch those tear ducts to the soulful seduction of the best Eric Benet song
“Please Please Please let me get what I want” The Smiths
If you don’t feel pangs of self-loathing that throb inside of your heart when you hear Morrissey croon “Haven’t had a dream in a long time…” you are not human.
Elena Tonra’s voice is a delicate rainfall of tears.
“Nothing Compares 2 You” Sinead O Conner
Too busy crying to spell the word “to”.
“The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot” Brand New
Use your pie fork as a lighter and gently sway it in the air.
“There, There” The Wonder Years
The lyrics to this song summarize every social anxiety I’ve ever had.
“Don’t Speak” No Doubt
Just shove the dessert into your mouth with your hands.
“Behind These Hazel Eyes” Kelly Clarkson
The anthemic melody and cliché heartbreak lyrics are perfect for self-indulgent bouts of despair.
“High and Dry” Radiohead
At this point, your “me time” is probably coming to a close. Reflect on your experience to some Radiohead. Rub your belly and say “I love you belly”
“The Sound of Settling” Death Cab for Cutie
Wipe those tears kid because you have made it through. Wiggle your legs to make sure you haven’t gone into shock from all that sugar.
“Hangover” Sugar Bomb!
For your Sugar Hangover.
Sugar Bomb! was founded by frontwoman and songwriter, Kat Hamilton and Drummer, Emmett Ceglia. The two met at Berklee College of Music and have an intense and chaotic chemistry that ignites the music. The band has since rotated through many lineups, but acknowledges that their core is Kat and Emmett.
The songs themselves are the juxtaposition of opposing ideas. Sweet and Sour, Angry and Positive with a hint of lyrical comedy. The most memorable Sugar Bomb! image is that of Kat Hamilton’s shiny pink pants, which she dons at every show. She says “I only wear the pants onstage, they are what transforms me from Clark Kent into Superman, and every superhero needs some fucking spandex”.
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