The Valentine's Day countdown is at four days now. It's time to talk serious romance.
No, no, no, I'm not talking about that. I'm talking about really knowing stuff about your main squeeze. What are his or her favorite songs? Come on now, you're not even ready for the weekend until you really know your love pup's musical preferences.
My friends and I were yakking about our favorite music and I found it interesting that many of the songs that women love, or consider "romantic," are not specific "I love ya" kind of songs. More often, I found their love song choices were more angst and longing than love. Putting together my own list, I found that I'm just the same. What's wrong with us? We all have a Valentine date already.
Here we go with the new favorites of the Cherdo melancholy-wistful-lacrymose-eye candy-love song list; and it they're not familiar - listen anyway!:
1. "Falling Slowly" by the Frames.
Actually, you could cross off the Frames and just put Glen Hansard. I love all things Glen. Maybe it's not the words, it's just his Irish charm. It doesn't hurt that Colm Mac Con Iomaire is playing the violin. I'm moving to Dublin.
In the meanwhile, sing it, Glen....
2. "All of Me" by John Legend
Legend is going to be an actual legend, I think. In the future, we'll talk about him like he was Sam Cook or Sinatra. His voice is so smooth - I wonder if he even needs that piano.
My descriptions can't do him justice. Take it away, John...
3. "Candy" by Paolo Nutini
Paolo, Paolo, Paolo...you sound so Italian, but you're Scottish. The Highlands look better and better.
You might remember his song, "New Shoes." Forget about the shoes...
Paolo Nutini has a unique, soulful voice. Show us what you're made of, P.N.:
4. "Almost Blue" by Elvis Costello
Okay, I know that I am addicted to the wrong Elvis for a Tennessean, but gosh darn it, I loves me some Elvis Costello. In the 80s, I poured over his lyrics and decided he was a genius who wasn't getting his due. Hey, I did my part by purchasing every album.
Sing us a tune, Mr. Costello:
5. "Stay" by Mikky Ekko
That voice. Those lyrics. What's not to like? I'd actually cook for this guy.
Mikky, could you do it one more time?:
6. "What Do You Want From Me?" by Adam Lambert
Every time I hear this song or see this video, I want to call Adam Lambert and say, "There, there...it's going to be fine..."
Tell us all about it, Adam:
Were any of these new to you? What was your favorite?