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Hello, Trendy Love.

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Hey.

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Hi there.

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Hello.

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I’m Gonzalo. I’m calling from Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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From Granby, Colorado.

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From New Jersey.

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Calling from Sydney, Australia.

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From Spain.

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Calcutta, India.

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Good night time.

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Good morning.

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Trendy Love.

anna martin

From The New York Instances, I’m Anna Martin, and that is the Trendy Love podcast. In our first episode of this season, we requested you a query. We requested: What’s the tune that taught you about love whenever you had been a teen? And so lots of you responded.

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“I’ve Bought a Feeling” from The Black Eyed Peas.

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“L-O-V-E.”

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“When a Man Loves a Lady.”

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“Tainted Love.”

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“That Lady.”

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“Tiny Vessels.”

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“Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

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My tune is “Love Story” —

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“Pricey John” by Taylor Swift.

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— by Taylor Swift.

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So now it’s our season finale. And earlier than we get to our essay, we need to share a couple of of your tales about love and music — and emotions, plenty of emotions.

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After I was 14, I wrote the lyrics to “Ghost” by The Indigo Ladies on my Converse excessive tops. The tune is that this entire tortured look again at a love that begins in adolescence. And I needed a lot to be destroyed like that. I needed one thing enormous and large that will simply sweep me out of this tiny, small conservative city that I used to be in, this love with a girl that will change my life a lot. And there are lyrics about how this love begins like a pinprick to the center.

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(SINGING) Like a pinprick to my coronary heart.

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After which the particular person is swept away and begins to drown.

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And I begin to drown. And there’s not —

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The immensity of it, even when it was loss and ache, was so deeply alluring to me, and I needed it so badly. After all, having no concept how arduous and troublesome and very excruciatingly painful precise heartbreak could be years later, I liked it a lot. And I stored it so shut and I nonetheless have these footwear.

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Hello, I’m Ankit. I’m a sophomore at Amherst School in Amherst, Massachusetts. So once I was 16, I met a lady. We went to completely different colleges in numerous cities, however she bought my Snapchat, and he or she began snapping me. And it was all day just about every single day for no less than per week. And one night time, she referred to as me. I’m at nighttime in my bed room. My mother and father are, so far as I hoped, asleep downstairs.

So I stored my voice quiet. And we talked about our pals, our faculty, our lives. And she or he requested me what music I hearken to. And I mentioned what I used to be actually listening to on the time, which was “Combat Music” by D-12.

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(RAPPING) This type of music, use it, and also you get amped to do that. Everytime you hear one thing and you may’t refuse it, it’s simply —

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“Combat Music” isn’t a romantic tune. However I despatched it to her. And she or he despatched me again a video on Snapchat of her along with her wired headphones at nighttime like me, nodding alongside to the entire tune. And she or he was smiling. I had by no means felt like this earlier than, that this woman, she preferred me for me. I didn’t should faux.

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And I listened to that tune on repeat.

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On repeat.

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On repeat. Rewind, rewind, rewind on my tape deck.

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So my boyfriend made me a tape of “I’ll Be Lacking You” by Puff Daddy and Religion Evans. And we agreed to play it in our Walkmans each morning on the identical time.

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(SINGING) Each step I take.

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As lovesick youngsters, we solely cared in regards to the refrain lyrics. “Each step I take, each transfer I make.”

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Each single day, each time I pray, I’ll be lacking you.

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We adopted this tune as our tune.

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On repeat.

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On repeat.

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On repeat. Rewind, rewind, rewind.

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Hey, I’m calling from Dublin. And my tune is “Work Tune” by Hozier. In the summertime of 2015, I used to be working for a volunteer wildlife expedition. And it concerned mountain climbing over the mountains and tenting in tents. And I used to be feeling very sorry for myself as a result of I used to be away from my girlfriend. And “Work Tune” is that this actually sluggish, mournful love tune.

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(SINGING) There’s nothing sweeter than my child.

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He’s speaking about his love. He’s pining for her.

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‘Trigger my child’s candy as will be, she provides me toothaches simply from kissing me.

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I used to be listening to that album on repeat that summer season. On one of many final weekends, I bought simply blackout drunk with everybody else. And I made a horrible mistake, and I slept with another person, dishonest on my girlfriend. Working by means of it, we stayed collectively, however I actually damage her. And I noticed years later, after speaking to folks about it, that I didn’t, strictly talking, consent to what occurred.

And as a lot as there’s a stigma about dishonest and cheaters, there’s as a lot about being victimized like that, I suppose. I discover it fairly arduous to say that when referring to myself. Seven years in the past, I didn’t have these phrases. I don’t know. I nonetheless actually really feel one thing once I hearken to that tune. And I nonetheless get pleasure from it. You’ll suppose I wouldn’t, however I like listening to it nonetheless. However it’s very conflicting.

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Hey, I’m Michael. I’m calling from Brooklyn. And once I was 16, 17, I used to be relationship this man. And we actually had this on-again, off-again relationship. Each time I met him, I used to be over the moon. After which he did one thing horrible to me, after which he didn’t name me, and I used to be simply, I’m so silly. Like, why am I doing this to myself? And the tune that I actually felt that described my scenario completely was “I Love the Means You Lie” by Rihanna, Half Two.

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(SINGING) Simply going to face there and watch me burn.

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I performed that tune on my audio system very loud.

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As a result of I like the way in which it hurts.

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And I’d sing alongside as a result of it is advisable scream. You want to cry. You want to go verbal with it. The lyrics, it’s so — particularly the bridge. As a result of Rihanna sings there, “Possibly I’m a masochist” and “I attempt to run, however I don’t need to ever go away.”

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So possibly I’m a masochist. I attempt to run, however I don’t need to ever go away.

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There was such a vibrating feeling that was so thrilling, though it was so improper, or possibly as a result of it was so improper. And whenever you’re 16, you sort of need to do one thing improper.

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My identify is Sarah. I’m calling from Ann Arbor, Michigan. It’s the summer season of 1996. I’m operating. I’m a camp counselor, northern Minnesota. I’ve simply damaged up with my boyfriend. He has cheated on me. We’ve written one another indignant letters. And I’m operating with my mother’s yellow Sony Walkman. I’m listening to Duran Duran, cassette single. “Strange World” on one aspect.

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(SINGING) However I gained’t cry for yesterday. There’s an extraordinary world.

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“Come Undone” on the opposite.

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Who do you want?

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I’m operating. The tape is flipping, toggling forwards and backwards. And I’d simply pound these roads, have all these emotions, simply figuring out all these feelings I had round him. After which again in highschool, fall of 1996, I bear in mind very vividly seeing him on the stairwell and simply having this second of, he checked out me and I checked out him, and there was this acknowledgment that we nonetheless had emotions.

After which it’s December of 1996. We bought too chilly, and we ended up again in his bed room. He placed on “Come Undone” by Duran Duran. Simon Le Bon is singing to us. Because the music swells, Ben says from his mattress, “Are you coming over right here?” We begin kissing. After which we had been collectively for a 12 months after that.

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Who do you’re keen on whenever you come undone?

anna martin

An enormous thanks to each single listener who despatched in a narrative. We took all of the songs that had been submitted, and we pulled them collectively into this big playlist that’s prime to backside filled with bangers, like absolute bangers. And you may hearken to that First Love Mixtape in all its glory on the hyperlink in our present notes.

OK, now we’re going from first romantic experiences — the very beginnings of affection, to what occurs when love involves an finish. This week’s essay is a few lady who decides, after greater than 50 years of marriage, that she desires a divorce. That’s arising.

Tina Welling was married for greater than 50 years. That’s so lengthy to be married. However after many years collectively, Tina knew she wanted to be on her personal. And right here’s a giant accomplishment — she and her husband really managed to have an excellent divorce. Tina’s essay known as “No Listening to Aids? Then No Marriage.” It’s learn by Suzanne Toren.

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Who celebrates her 52nd wedding ceremony anniversary, after which six months later, recordsdata for divorce? Me. My husband and I had been in our 70s. We’d made a life in Jackson, Wyoming. Our cut up was set into movement one Saturday night when he and I had been out to dinner. I’d come ready to maintain the dialog flowing as a result of I knew that outdated joke, how are you going to inform it’s a married couple eating out? They don’t have anything to say to one another.

The night time had began effectively. We had been dressed up and feeling particularly happy with our plans. So it felt like an excellent time for me to ask, are you content nowadays? What’s necessary to you recently? My husband was pleased, he reported. However I knew our lives held little togetherness, apart from love of our household and buying and selling discuss our day. And speak was getting more and more irritating for us due to my husband’s issue in listening to.

For a few years, he had deliberate to promote his bike and use the cash for listening to aids. However regardless of not driving it the previous two summers, he hadn’t adopted by means of. That night time, I ran out of questions earlier than our salads had even arrived. And I used to be dismayed with what number of occasions I’d needed to repeat myself so he may hear me. I lastly mentioned, “Which might you fairly have: listening to aids or a motorbike?”

“A motorbike, positively.” A solution I already knew, even when I’d been in denial about it. However I used to be shocked by what occurred subsequent.

An consciousness rose inside me that we had come to the top of this section of our relationship. We’d accomplished our marriage.

My feeling was arduous to search out phrases for as a result of phrases weren’t concerned. No weighing of execs and cons, no argument, no anger, simply the full-body sensation of: Oh, we’re executed. It choked me up.

I’d identified this man since I used to be 17, a freshman in faculty sporting knee socks and plaid skirts. He was the thriller man on campus — an artist, a sport parachute jumper, a couple of years older than my pals and me. The primary place I’d seen him was in a eating room. Whereas sitting at a desk with my girlfriends, I stared at his reflection in a window throughout the room. It took me a minute to comprehend that he was gazing me within the window’s reflection, too. We smiled at one another.

I remembered one other restaurant meal, eating in Florida with my mother and father, who on the time additionally had been married greater than 50 years. My mom was fairly deep into Alzheimer’s illness. And but, my father had rouged her cheeks and combed her hair for our night out. I sat beside my mom within the sales space, my father throughout from us. He reached for my mom’s hand and mentioned, we’re companions, aren’t we? My mom was incapable of responding, however I teared up.

There was a fact in his comment that went far deeper than my father had supposed. My mom had needed my father’s undivided consideration greater than anything in life. And she or he by no means felt she’d acquired it. Now she acquired it from the second he brushed her tooth within the morning till he tucked her into mattress at night time. My father was affected so deeply by my mom’s situation that he freely wept and sometimes hugged her and me.

The place he as soon as used to depart the room in a huff if I turned emotional and thumped me on the again as his means of demonstrating bodily affection, he now overflowed with emotion and had no bother displaying it. So, sure, they had been companions in marriage. They helped one another in some mysterious option to every obtain what accomplished them. This was my function mannequin of what a wedding meant in its most mystical sense. Companions meant two individuals who shared the expertise of turning into their full selves.

I had hope to listen to from my husband a solution that will bond us. As an alternative, I bought: “A motorbike, positively.” As I sat throughout from him, poking round my meals, I questioned if partnering was what I had skilled in my marriage. Through the years, I had matured, turn out to be a mom, an entrepreneur, a author, all throughout the companionship of our relationship and with this man’s assist. In return, I had supported him artistically and within the small enterprise we had run collectively, a retail store on the base of the ski resort right here. Now, we had accomplished all we had been going to in the way in which of that alternate.

That night, I didn’t discuss my new understanding of the state of our union. I made a decision I’d stay with this new consciousness as I watched my ideas and feelings. I’d speak to my husband about it on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, I referred to as to make an appointment with a lawyer as a result of I knew if I couldn’t try this, I couldn’t comply with by means of in any respect. I referred to as simply earlier than closing time.

The workplace paralegal answered. “What would you want to debate with the lawyer?” she mentioned. Now I needed to say “divorce” out loud. I stuttered.

“How lengthy have you ever been married?”

“52 years.”

[GASPS] She gasped. My spirit had gasped along with her.

Earlier than Wednesday, I additionally had imagined what a caring and considerate separation would possibly appear to be. Though we had accomplished the wedding a part of our relationship, I supposed to honor and love him till dying do us half, so I approached the topic from that perspective.

Later, he and I sat collectively, his arm round my shoulders, my hand tucked into his, as we labored out the practicalities. I recommended we preserve our home and stay in it collectively. We each liked our dwelling and neighborhood, so we determined we’d cut up the home into two flats. We might name a contractor to make the mandatory changes and divide the dishes and silverware.

Three years later, we had separate bedrooms, baths, kitchens, residing areas, studios, backyard areas and porches. Considered one of my pals referred to as it a chic answer. It felt good to us. Every so often, we stroll our pups collectively alongside the Snake River. Sometimes, we exit to breakfast. We share newspapers and melons and have a good time birthdays and holidays.

Greater than a pleasant divorce, ours was a loving divorce. Liberated from the expectations, routines and baggage of marriage, we will be pals. And if we ever want one another, all we’ve got to do is stroll subsequent door and knock.

anna martin

This episode was produced by Julia Botero, Hans Buetow and Mahima Chablani. Our present is edited by Sara Sarasohn. This episode was combined by Elisheba Ittoop. The Trendy Love theme music is by Dan Powell. Unique music by Hans Buetow and Dan Powell. Digital manufacturing by Mahima Chablani.

And a particular due to Ryan Wegner at Audm and to all of our listeners who shared their tales and their songs and their time with us. An enormous shout-out to Kate Mitchell, Ankit Sayed, Helen Coskeran, Michal Vanicek and Sara Molinaro.

Trendy Love was based by Dan Jones. Miya Lee is the editor of Trendy Love tasks. I’m Anna Martin. That is the ultimate episode of the season. We’re taking somewhat break, after which we’ll be again in a couple of weeks with a model new assortment of tales. Till then, thanks for listening.