You may be surprised to know that music is an important tool for some professionals. Health practitioners often choose to play particular types of music in waiting rooms to ease the fear of clients.
Retail outlets use music to raise the energy of browsers; people who are happy and energized spend money more quickly. Religious services use music to help congregations turn their thoughts to worship. Schools and educational media use music to speed learning.
Who doesn’t like music? Even people who aren’t necessarily music-lovers can name a few tunes they enjoy.
Even the less musically-inclined among us probably have favourite singers, instruments, and genre, or type, of music. The more music we hear, the more preferences we develop, and we hear a lot of music!
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In all of it, perhaps the most common theme is love. Call it romance, call it passion, sway to a ballad or gyrate to hip-hop – whatever you do, be sure to include music in your romantic plans! This lens will give you an overview of some of my favourite love songs.
I was a big-time Beatles fan as a child. My parents, of course, responded more to their hair length than anything else, but even Dad had to admit that some of their songs were …. ok. High praise from a man for whom Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and Dean Martin represented music well done.
The Beatles, though, gave us many beautiful love songs, some bouncier dance tunes and some ballads that made us girls melt. You know what? They still make knees weaken and hearts beat faster – try holding your love close and singing one of these softly as you move to the melody!
What If You could Only Have One CD of Love Songs?
Here’s My Pick! Ok, I chose two, but when you’re dealing with the Beatles, who could pick just one?
“With the Beatles” has some delightful love songs on it, early Beatles tunes like “All My Loving.” I can remember hastening to turn the radio louder when I heard them intone, “Close your eyes, and I’ll kiss you…”
Compared to some contemporary music today, the lyrics are poignant in their innocence. “And then while I’m away, I’ll write home every day and I’ll send all my loving to you.” Contrast that with some of the music sung in recent videos!
On Love Songs, you’ll find many of the Beatles most popular romantic offerings. The old standards like “Yesterday” and “Michelle” are here, along with “The Long and Winding Road” – all winners. You’ll find some lesser-known songs as well – “Here, There, and Everywhere,” for example, is truly beautiful, as is the passionate, “And I Love Her.” Whether you sing a few lines or let the Beatles do the work, nobody could resist a lover singing “A love like ours could never die as long as I have you near me.”
- Love Songs by: The Beatles
- With The Beatles (Remastered)
Taking a Step Back
Before there were the Beatles, there were the crooners – legendary singers like those my father enjoyed, and women like Rosemary Clooney, Debbie Reynolds and popular sisters acts. The love songs of this time were a good match for movies in which passion was conveyed in long looks hinting at temptations the lovers dared not entertain and then the screen going dark when they did. We may smile condescendingly, but we can’t deny the power of their struggle.
The songs of this time reflect an experience of love that we can all remember. Take that old standard, “Love Letters in the Sand,” with the lonely cast-aside lover lost in old memories of a romance that has died. Oh, the angst! Oh, the painful memories we cannot let go… *s* Still romantic, after all these years, though.
Magic Moments, one of Perry Como’s big hits, is a happier song, a happy lover’s walk down a memory lane of “magic moments filled with love.” And isn’t that what every couple aspires to have!
I love the dvd listed below because it has the songs above -and more, like clips of the singers – but especially, a rarely-heard song that is one of my very earliest, dimmest memories: “Standing on the Corner.” Sexist, by today’s standards, but just as they did then, fellows still enjoy watching the girls, though the current ladies’ ‘fashions’ make it interesting enough to raise the singer’s brows, I imagine!
The CD has great old standards like “Embraceable You,” “Come Rain or Come Shine,” “If Ever I Would Leave You,” and “The Still of the Night .” The star of this CD, in my opinion, is the fabulous “Where or When.” If you believe in love at first sight – or experienced that moment of nagging knowing and doubting and knowing again – this song is one you’ll love, for it captures that feeling of deja vu, of destiny unfolding, of love that was meant to be. They just don’t write them that way anymore.
As for Today…
Here are some I love:
“I Would Walk 500 Miles” by the Proclaimers. “I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more just to be the man who walks a thousand miles to fall down at your door….” What a song for anyone who’s been far from a lover!
“Love’s Divine” by Seal. I love love love this song. “Give me love, love is what I need to help me know my name” How true is that? It’s when we find love, isn’t it, that we finally meet our essential self.
“The Power of Two” by the Indigo Girls. Ah, who could resist ‘the closer I’m bound in love to you, the closer I am to free.” Like the best love lyrics, it speaks a truth lovers know – the love of our beloved sets us free in a way that nothing else can.
Yes, of course there are more wonderful songs, but these are a few of my romantic favourites. Thanks for joining me on this little trip back to a time when love was far less complicated. Hope you enjoyed it!
What’s YOUR Favourite Love Song?
If I know one thing, I know I forgot some fabulous songs. Help me out by sharing YOUR favourite song title, along with the singer, your favourite line, why you love it so….You know the drill!