Remember that time when you decided you couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day because it’s a made up Hallmark Holiday for people who don’t know how to adequately express their love on every other day of the year? Okay, so maybe that’s just a tad bitter. But seriously, for what is a joyous day to many, is a torturous one to others. People forget that, for some, Valentine’s Day actually hurts. Watching the numerous girls parade out of Story House all day long with giant bouquets in arms is enough to make someone fresh out of relationship feel the pangs of loneliness sharply. But here’s the funny thing – you’re not alone. It’s just that a holiday for the heartbroken hasn’t yet been created. Until today. Don’t torture yourself with “what could have been.” Tune out the giggles coming from Story House (we all know those flowers are from their moms anyways) and turn on this playlist.


First, I want to point your attention to the artist, Tyler Lyle, because his album “The Golden Age and the Silver Girl” is probably my favorite break-up album ever. Maybe because it’s sentiments hit me at a time when I was most vulnerable, or maybe because he’s just a remarkably skilled lyricist. I think it is the latter. Here’s a taste of some Tyler Lyle lyrics:


When I Say That I Love You by Tyler Lyle
When I say that I’m grateful, I guess what I mean is how the sapling is grateful for the seed. And I’m thinking how all things change, how the branches grow tall but our initials remain. I’ll remember you when the summer is gone. Another year, another ring around my bones.

For Love To Come… by Tyler Lyle
The only thing stronger than love I can find is time. I will miss the smell of your hair, miss us kissin’ in our underwear, I do declare. It don’t seem fair. Sometimes for love to come, love has to go. And I’m sorry, I’m sorry, Marie – we tried.

California by Tyler Lyle
I’m not sorry I fell in love. And I’m not sorry that you never cared enough. It’s just motion, and it’s just time. And every day we find ourselves a little further down the line. I’m going to California – by myself. The next time you see me I’ll be someone else.

And some other highlights from this playlist:


I Would Be Sad by The Avett Brothers
Well my dad told me, “One day son, this girl will think of what she’s done and hurting you will be the first of many more regrets to come.” And he said, “If she doesn’t call, then it’s her fault and it’s her loss.” I say, “It’s not that simple, see, but then again, it just may be.”


Lovin’s For Fools by Sarah Siskind (feat. Bon Iver)
Go on and love her, love her forever, I will not tell her I told you to. You’ll never know, dear, how much I love you. Lovin’s for fools, love is for fools.


The Heart of the Matter by India Arie
I’ve been learning to live without you now, but I miss you sometimes. The more I know, the less I understand. All the things I thought I knew, I’m learning them again. I’ve been trying to get down to the heart of the matter. But my will gets weak and my thoughts seem to scatter. But I think it’s about forgiveness, forgiveness. Even if, even if you don’t love me anymore.