The Museum of Broken Relationships

axeEvery breakup leaves a trace, and not just the memories, I mean that it’s almost impossible to destroy all those physical souvenirs. Having been involved in my share of breakups, I have agonized over what to do with old letters, concert tickets, stray scarves and silly gifts, or a postcard with a poem on it.

Years later, they still turn up in suitcases, boxes, and the back of closets. So I was delighted to hear that there is a museum in Zagreb, for just these problematic souvenirs: the Museum of Broken Relationships. Listen to this show for musical answers to this museum. Our playlist features Miranda Lambert, Brad Mehldau, the Reverend Al Green, Laurie Anderson, Tampa Red, Diana Krall, and William Bolcom.

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Theme Music :
Steve Reich. The Desert Music (1984)
First Movement (Fast).
Chorus of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Michael Tilson Thomas & William Carlos Williams.
Nonesuch Records 79101.

Miranda Lambert
Mama’s Broken Heart
Miranda Lambert
RCA 88697905892

Brad Mehldau
At A Loss
Brad Mehldau Trio
Warner Bros. Records 2-46260-A

Harry Woods
We Just Couldn’t Say Goodbye
Diana Krall
Verve Records 0602537126934

Tampa Red
It Hurts Me Too When Things Go Wrong
Junior Wells’ Chicago Blues Band
Vanguard 172 / 74-2

William Bolcom
Toothbrush Time
Bengt-Ake Lundin & Malena Ernman
Naxos 2222

Laurie Anderson
Language Is a Virus
Laurie Anderson
Rhino Records (2) – R2 76648

Ndidi Onukwulu
He Needs Me
Ndidi O, vocals ; Jesse Zubot, strings ; Bill Runge and JP Carter, brass
Jericho Beach Music

Ned Rorem
Ariel – Five Poems Of Sylvia Plath For Soprano, Clarinet and Piano.
Phyllis Curtin, soprano ; Ryan Edwards, piano ; Joseph Rabbai, clarinet
Eroica JDT 126

William Bolcom
-Chôro Homage to Nazareth
-Valse Venezolano
Susan & Sarah Wang
Castigo Classics

Barry and Robin Gibb
How Can You Mend a Broken Heart
Al Green
Hi Records 72435-42678-2-6

Daniel Lanois
Sleeping In The Devil’s Bed
Daniel Lanois
Warner Bros 7599-26707-2

Stephen Schwartz
Butterflies Are Free
Sandra King
RCA PL70465


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4 comments to “The Museum of Broken Relationships”
  1. Hi Guy! I enjoy listening to your shows. Keep up the good work! all best, Eric

    P.S.: You should credit lyricists where they are seriously implicated. For example, Arnold Weinstein wrote the lyrics for the Bolcom’s cabaret songs (including “Toothbrush Time”)

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