VALENTINES CHEZ TUNEDR
It's valentines day, oops.. have you got the flowers? Booked that table? Ironed your special pants? You best get cracking then, here's a few songs to get you in the mood.
Everybody loves a good breakup song, the pain, the wallowing, all of us at Tunedr with perhaps the exception of Shell Hunter, always write about them, you just need to look at Sfw's Tuesday Blues posts for proof. But what about the love songs, there are some crackers out there right?.......what are yours?? Let us know with a comment!!
John Lennon - 'Love'
'Love' is a song written and performed by John Lennon, originally released in 1970 on the John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band album and is one of my favourite songs of all time and also reminds me of my big day as it is the song that my wife walked down the aisle to. From the piano, to the guitar, to John Lennon singing everything was perfect - I even got her to 'time' the pace of her walking to the speed of the song - which allowed her to get to the alter at the exact time where it fades out. brilliant song, brilliant day...ah bless, time to crack open the vino!
LL Cool J - 'I Need Love' (1988)
Crackers indeed, I mean Peter Cetera helped me get together with my wife (read about it here, oh it's not that bad), so it's of course a difficult choice. But "Hip Hop and Rap, that's where my hearts at", musically Hip Hop is my first love so I have to go for LL Cool J's cheese festival, 'I Need Love'. You wouldn't normally associate love songs with Hip Hop but there have been a few of note, Common's 'The Light' an ode to one time flame Erykah Badu, Redman and Mary J Blige's 'All I need' and A Tribe Called Quest's Bonita Applebum. As a hormonal 14 year old I was horrified, not because of the disastrous video but because I was more used to his macho posturing and chatting about his radio, what was all this nonsense about love! It was the first of it's kind, a rapper showing his sensitive side, there was a reason why he called himself Ladies Love Cool James. It wasn't until a bit later when I got involved in the mating game that I understood.
To love and be loved is all that matters so if you have to watch the 'love porn' which is Twilight for the 15th bloody time, then grin and bear it, there's plenty time for the Aliens directors cut later.
Cyndi Lauper - 'Time After Time' (1984)
I'm a pretty romantic girl but I generally don't go for the overly soppy song. I find them all a bit forced, hand me a bucket! I got introduced to the raw, confusing emotion that is love when watching all the great teen flicks growing up in the 80's so here's one that holds happy memories! It reminds me of the weekly roller disco on a Wednesday night. It was "The" place to be and was bursting with kids and teens alike all fighting to get a good place in the social hierarchy. At the end of the evening the teen couples were invited to skate hand in hand to lovey-dovey songs such as this one or Dirty Dancing's 'Time Of My Life' and I was left watching from the sidelines. My "boyfriend"(I was only 7 or 8!) at the time was more of a skateboarder than a skater so he never showed up there until one day, he decided to walk me round the circuit by my hand whilst I skated! Awww!
Old Pa's Corner: -
Four Seasons - I Got You Under My Skin (1966)
That was quite a tough one, I am much more comfortable with your 'break up' type songs. Maybe it's the cynic in me, But hey! it's Valentines day and LUV is all around, Sadly not for me, my 'baby' is in the U.K. and I am in Spain. But I will be thinking of her and wishing she was here with me and I will be raising a glass to her! This is a fabulous version of the Cole Porter classic and in my mind easily out scores the Sinatra version. It's the harmonies, the bells that do it for me and that 'never win' never win' ending, You're 'under my skin sweet heart'
Art Garfunkel's version of 'I've Only Got Eyes For You' was a close second.