Jonathan Mann is a singer/songwriter whose “song a day” project has been going on for several years now, to varying degrees of success. So when he and his (also musical) girlfriend Ivory decided to break up, it seemed only natural that they should do a song about it together.

So they wrote this sad but catchy tune, recorded it, and put it on the Internet, as they do with all their songs.

Personally, I am a little divided on this. I want to hate it because it seems like Jakob and Julia levels of narcissism to put something this tender and private on the Internet in an attempt to garner strangers’ attention. And the song’s tweeness and attempts at virality kind of cheapen the real pain they must both be going through.

On the other hand: the song is kind of good! And it’s nice that they are still able to work together. I like the juxtaposition of their genuinely sad faces with the little booty dance they are doing. Plus, it seems like they’re making a mature decision by breaking up because one wants to have kids and the other doesn’t, and I like that he respects her lack of desire to have kids, rather than give her the old line about how her biological clock is bound to start ticking sometime. They sound like they have a good relationship with their friends, too:

And breaking up’s a mess
So please be there for us
You don’t have to choose
Though it’ll be awkward, yes
Invite us to your parties
We will work it out
Don’t feel weird
We love all of you
After 5 whole years
By each other’s side
There are just some things
No relationship can survive

Basically, it seems like a very mature and responsible break up, handled in a somewhat immature and goofy way. But if this guy is used to expressing himself in song, it’s hard to imagine him not recording a song about this. And hey, everyone processes pain differently.


(Via Jezebel)