The Ballad of Bonnie Tyler

‘It’s a Heartache’ is a song that takes you and reduces you to zero and makes you sit quietly until you’re emptied of whatever you were thinking before is a song that finds you is a song that shakes you is a song that reminds you of what art does is a song that sounds as if it’s coming from within you is a song that sounds as if it’s coming through you is a song that sounds as if it’s swallowing you whole is a song that breaks you is a song that you missed before because you were free and not sad (not yet) is a song that they played on oldies radio is a song that reminds you that oldies radio is both the best and worst thing is a song where the singing– Bonnie Tyler’s singing– slices, cuts, rakes, claws, carves, gnarls, gouges, and guts through the  speakers is a song that starts like nothing with maybe a few chords picked over and over is a song where the bass drum thumps hard is a song where the piano comes in reluctantly like a person sneaking down a staircase is a song that begins for real once the bass slides in whoooooaaam is a song where she sings harder and harder and more menthol benson and hedges as the song ages is a song that gets dragged home in the dust of summer alone and disgusted and hurt by the world is a song in a bar, grotesquely-lit, with quarters surrounding an empty glass is a song that stabs and stabs and stabs is a song where after all of those sandpapered verses give way to a long long note at the end is a song where Bonnie Tyler shows you shows us shows him shows her that she can do more than just suffer through the words no she can sing really sing and this is what she has and maybe this is all that she has and maybe it’s all that we have too because this is a song and now it is playing and someone is listening and someone is hurting and there, that’s art, right there because this is a song.

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