Monday, February 14, 2011

Songs in the Key of Love

Happy Valentine's Day!  I always love a good love song, but this holiday set aside especially for love has me thinking about some of my favorites more so than usual.  Here's a listing of a few love-related scenarios and the songs I think capture the feelings experienced by each:

When you romantically love someone so much you’ve just gotta tell ‘em how you feel – Aretha Franklin’s cover of “Baby I Love You” (when you hear her sing this, hard to believe it wasn’t always “her” song! It was originally recorded by The Ronnettes.)

When you first find out someone you love, loves you back, and you are really and truly “In Love” - Katrina & The Waves “Walkin’ on Sunshine”.

When you think back to your first love – The Judd’s “Young Love” and Deana Carter's "Strawberry Wine"

When people doubt your love/relationship, but ma-a-an you sure don’t – Tracy Ulman’s “They Don’t Know”. (Gotta be one of my ALL-TIME favorite songs, I'm sure that says a lot about me.  My daughter and I also decided last year that this is the ultimate Edward & Bella love song! We read/watch/enjoy the Twilight Saga – so sue us.)

When you love someone you think loves you back, and then find out it’s someone else they love romantically, and you are just a “friend.” – Bread’s “Diary”. (Such a beautiful song.)

When someone is trying to get in between you and your love – Loretta Lynn’s “You Ain’t Woman Enough”

When you’re lonely, and you’re ready to find another lonely person to carelessly numb your feelings with: #1 Don’t Do It! The feeling will pass. #2 Do pour yourself a glass of wine and turn on Willie Nelson’s “Help Me Make It Thru The Night”.

When you know someone who lost love, is changed forever by the loss and who hangs on to that love til the end anyway – No Show Jones’ “He Stopped Loving Her Today”.

When the one you love, loves you no longer – Skeeter Davis’ “The End of The World” and Roy Orbison’s “Crying” (Now, I adore Roy Orbison, but my favorite version of this song is by Carrie Underwood – she sang in way back on her American Idol days. )

When I remember my first love – Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s “Fishin’ in the Dark”.

And because Valentine’s Day isn’t only to celebrate romantic love:

When I think about my mother-love for Rebecca – Bette Midler’s cover of “Baby Mine” and Helen Reddy’s “You & Me Against the World”.

When I think about Andrea, who for years has made sure that Valentine’s Day does not pass without me receiving flowers in some form or fashion (real flowers, cookie flowers, emailed photos of flowers, text message flowers – you name it), and friends who send me Valentine’s cards – “Thank You For Being a Friend”.

I'm sure I've missed many love experiences/scenarios here - what are some you can think of with a song to go with?

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