Song For Those Betrayed: “Jar of Hearts”
Three weeks ago,unknown and unsigned singer Christina Perri was working as a waitress in a Philadelphia cafe. But by chance – or perhaps grand design - a song she wrote called Jar of Hearts, landed in the hands of Stacey Tookey, a choreographer for So You Think You Can Dance. Virtually overnight, Christina’s life has become a whirlwind of incredible change as record labels race to sign her and Jar of Hearts climbs into the top 5 on I-Tunes.
So what’s so special about Christina’s song? One word: everything. The lyrics, the melody, and her raspy voice are beautifully haunting. There’s no denying the ‘rawness’ too - Christina wrote it only six months ago to help cleanse herself of a man who dumped her, then suddenly decided he wanted her “one more time.”
And so I’m sharing it with you today – for it speaks to all of us who feel “half-alive”, who have loved and lost, and who struggle to be courageous in the face of relationships that are no good for us.
Here she is, live, in a recording studio. I like this version even more.