Editor’s Note: Since there are few ways better suited for saying “I love you” than through song, I thought I would invite a few friends to share their preferred collection of songs for celebrating L-O-V-E.
We’ll have a new mix, every day through Valentine’s Day. You can see them all here.
-Image courtesy of Tracey Clark
Day 1 Mix: Ri O’Laughlin, Music Savvy Mom
"Make a playlist of love songs."
Boy, is that a loaded request! Which kind of love - young, new, unrequited, passionate, comfortable, crazy, enduring? They all describe the same emotion, and may all be used to accurately describe a different stage of the same life - of the same love. (But - they don't all necessarily belong in the same playlist...)
Now, even in my "young love" days, I was not a fan of the hearts and flowers. As the years (all 42 of them) have passed, and love has grown into marriage and motherhood, I find that the love songs I most appreciate are the ones referencing how real - and hard - love can be. It's not all glamour, it's not all fun, and it's definitely not always exciting. But...it's solid. It's comforting. It's tenacious. It's TANGIBLE.
That's the kind of love song that I will be listening to as Valentine's Day 2010 approaches. I'll be reminding myself that neither of us is perfect, and we like it that way. Hearing about lost love will remind me how lucky I am to have found and kept mine. I'll laugh when I think of how silly we were then, and how relaxed and content we are now. And on February 14th, when we're sitting on the sofa in our sweats instead of wining and dining on the town, I'll slip my hand into my hubby's and we'll listen together...because he feels the same way I do.
Of course he does. We're in love.
The Milkman of Human Kindness - Billy Bragg
"If you are sleeping, I will wait. If your bed is wet, I will dry your tears. I love you."
Boots of Spanish Leather - Bob Dylan
"I'd forsake them all for your sweet kiss, for that's all I'm wishin' to be ownin'."
Never Let Go - Tom Waits
"Well, you'll leave me hanging by the skin of my teeth, I've only got one leg to stand
You can send me to hell but I'll never let go of your hand."
Say Yes - Elliott Smith
"I'm in love with the world through the eyes of a girl who's still around the morning after."
Love Like the Movies - The Avett Brothers
"Now in the movies they make it look so perfect, and in the background they're always playing the right song / And in the ending there's always a resolution; but real life is more than just two hours long."
A Rainy Night in Soho - The Pogues
"You're the measure of my dreams."
Song for You - Ray Charles
"I love you in a place where there's no space or time; I love you for my life, 'cause you're a friend of mine."
In Spite of Ourselves - John Prine and Iris DeMent
"He ain't too sharp but he gets things done; drinks his beer like it's oxygen
He's my baby and I'm his honey; never gonna let him go."
Remember the Mountain Bed - Jeff Tweedy (Wilco)
"Your shape and form is dim but plain, there on our mountain bed
I see my life was brightest where you laughed and laid your head..."
Patty Griffin - When it Don't Come Easy
"If you forget my love I'll try to remind you and stay by you when it don't come easy."