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The Love Hangover

In the world of music, so many songs center around one common subject: love. But for those who aren't singing the praises of romance, there are plenty of songs about the darker and more cynical side of love. Richard Alwyn joins Central Standard to share his favorite songs for the lonely heart and to talk about his live event, The Love Hangover.

Alwyn's annual musical performance, started by the Kansas City native, happens the day after Valentine's Day. Musicians gather and are required to play songs about love, whether that be the positive or negative side. The show is now performed in five cities, and the Kansas City show is Feb. 15th at the Record Bar.

The songs Alwyn picked as his favorite anti-love songs are listed below, and more listener picks are listed on our Facebook page.

When You Were Mine- Prince
When You Were Mine by Prince on Grooveshark

I Don't Want Him-Nina Simone
I Don't Want Him (Anymore) by Nina Simone on Grooveshark

Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen on Grooveshark

Ain't No Sunshine- Bill Withers
Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers on Grooveshark

Fake Plastic Trees- Radiohead

Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead on Grooveshark

A Letter to Elise- The Cure

A Letter to Elise by The Cure on Grooveshark

Let's Mess It Up Again- King Canutes

Every part of the present has been shaped by actions that took place in the past, but too often that context is left out. As a podcast producer for KCUR Studios and host of the podcast A People’s History of Kansas City, I aim to provide context, clarity, empathy and deeper, nuanced perspectives on how the events and people in the past have shaped our community today.<br/><br/>In that role, and as an occasional announcer and reporter, I want to entertain, inform, make you think, expose something new and cultivate a deeper shared human connection about how the passage of time affects us all. Reach me at hogansm@kcur.org.
Matthew Long-Middleton has been a talk-show producer, community producer, Media Training Manager and now the Community Engagement Manager at KCUR. You can reach him at Matthew@kcur.org, or on Twitter @MLMIndustries.