We all have our love songs.
Good love songs, not so good love songs. These songs usually run the gauntlet of emotions. They can make you dreamy or cringe. They can make you smile or cry.
Music has enough power to transport a person to another realm with the force of a freight train and the songs we associate with love can be indicative of some of the strongest emotions we will feel in our lifetime. And by love I mean anything: The love for a person, an animal, a time, a place.
Seeing that it’s Valentine’s Day, I’ve decided to do two things:
A. Re-launch the blog’s Facebook page revamped with an emphasis on the music that inspires me. If you’re so inclined, please check it out and let me know what you think!
B. Share my top three favorite love songs. These three songs were on heavy rotation at points in time when I was the most pliable. I still listen to them when I need a reminder of either how far I’ve come or of the experiences the molded me into who I am.
Like millions of folks, I love music. I seek out music relentlessly and study the ways that it colors my days and can inspire my persona. I would call myself an accidental musicologist. I love that I’m with someone who lets me walk around the house with my headphones on and that he does the same thing. I love that we can sit on the couch together, two people, two sets of headphones, one heart.
Some of my earliest cognitive memories involve staring at record covers and MTV. I have a favorite story that my mom told me about myself as a toddler. One in which I would always stand in front of the radio listening. When ‘The Tide is High” by Blondie came on I went berserk. I would dance, I would sing, I would be overjoyed. I still love that song. But I also would start crying when “Doctor my Eyes” by Jackson Browne came on and you know what? I STILL can’t listen to that song. Not even long enough to figure out why I don’t like it so much.
I always joke that I’m going to go deaf and it will be my own damn fault but that it was worth every minute.
And on that note, let’s get to those love songs of mine:
Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones
One word: Brian
Magnet and Steel by Walter Egan
This song reminds me of all the happy times in my childhood. My mother was always the most beautiful to me when she was singing this song.
Drain You by Nirvana
When I fell in love for the first time, with a boy, with a time and with a city, this was the song that caught my heart. Of the three songs listed here, I would say this is my number one love song if push came to shove.
And there you have it. If you do listen to them, please let me know what you think.
If you dare to share your favorite love song even better! I’m always in the market for music.