Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day Panic!!

So, the day is upon us. The day that single and involved people can do without equally. The singles- me included- can't go anywhere by ourselves without being stared at by googly eyed couples. They unknowingly (sometimes) give us a pity look and whisper to their significant other "Oh, look honey, s/he is alone." We get to watch you make out and hold hands, all sorts of lovely PDA for 24 hours (puke)... I mean, how exciting for you! :) The couples are always trying to do enough to make the partner happy, but not as much as Christmas or birthday. I mean, it is relatively early in the year... you can't front load the romantic holidays and come with all the bells and whistles in February, right?
I received an email asking what I suggest for a Valentine's Day present. I am not sure why this person asked ME, since I am single, but I will tell you what I would personally do. I have written about this before, the most intimate thing that I give my friends, family, whomever is music. I'm telling you, even if it sounds corny, music moves my soul. I generally tell people how I feel through some nice musically selections. Happy, sad, pissed off, whatever-- if you are in my life, I have a playlist for you! Please know that! The guy that this post is about, has a personal playlist on my YouTube channel and I have to say, it is not flattering! Whatever, music is my coping mechanism. So, it seems simple to me that on top of whatever I had planned for Valentine's Day (dinner, outing, flowers, etc) music would be involved somehow.
In this email, the writer did not tell me what kind of Valentine's Day celebration he is planning, but he did say that he likes Soulful Saturdays, so I will try to keep the music relatively current and try to cover all the basis with enough songs to fill up a couple CDs-- just in case you need to be hands free on the music front... :) Clearly, this list is in NO way exhaustive... My all time top 5 romantic songs are listed at the very bottom, and some songs that should be included are:
**So you should check out ALL of the Soulful Saturdays... all of those artists are a great place to start- so I will not mention them in the post.
**No mix CD is complete without Prince. Seriously, don't even try it. Despite popular opinion, not all of his songs are about sex. He is wonderful with love songs. The man is a musical genius, not to be surpassed-- and the sexiest 52 year old around! Check out: Call My Name, Morning Papers, Do Me, Baby (ok that is about sex), Insatiable, Damn U, I hate U, The Most Beautiful Girl In the World, Nothing Compares 2 U... the list goes on.

**Proposing? Try these songs out:
Amazed- Lonestar; I turn to You- Christina Aguliera; You Were Meant For Me- Jewel; I'll Be- Edwin McCain; Everything I Do- Bryan Adams; Always and Forever- Heatwave; I can love you Like that- All 4 One; Tonight I Celebrate My Love- Roberta Flack & Peabo Bryson

Need to apologize? Try: Nobody Knows- Tony Rich Project; If I Could Turn Back the Hands of Time- RKelly; When Can I See You Again?- Babyface (ok- truly anything by Babyface- he is amazing); More Than Words- Extreme; Anytime- Brian McKnight; How Do I Live- Trisha Yearwood Version; A House is Not A Home (Luther-- he is so bad I don't even need to put his last name!)

Need some grown up time? My One and Only Love- John Coltrane; Moments In Love- The Art of Noise; Come Inside- Intro; Two Occasions- The Deele; Intimate- Coming Of Age; Between The Sheets- The Isley Brothers; The Closer I get To You- Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway; Sexual Healing (Of Course)- Marvin Gaye

Romance: Somebody Loves You Babe- Patti LaBelle; Open Arms- Mariah Carey; Sweet Thing- Kwame; I Need Love- LL Cool J; Thank You For Loving Me- Bon Jovi; November Rain- Guns n Roses; Wicked Game- Chris Issac; True Colors- Cyndi Lauper; Your Song- Elton John; You're Still The One- Shania Twain; She's Like the Wind- Patrick Swayze (RIP); Kiss From A Rose- Seal; Bring It Home to Me- Sam Cooke (and Marc Broussard has a great remake) and finally-- almost any version of MY FUNNY VALENTINE

My Top 5 Songs... In No Particular Order
- Unchained Melody- Righteous Brothers
- When A Man Loves A Woman- Percy Sledge
- Wonderful Tonight- Eric Clapton
- Just Breathe- Pearl Jam
- Adore- Prince (seriously- listen to those lyrics... "If God one day struck me blind, your beauty I'd still see... Love is too weak to define, just what you mean to me"-- That is some GREAT stuff right there.)


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