“Silly Love Songs?”

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A medley of love songs could serve as the soundtrack to accompany my life story. From the age of 9 when I bought my first Elvis Presley record(“All Shook Up”) through the Beatles with “She Loves You,” and on to today, music has captured my various encounters with romantic love. I am always astonished when a song comes on at the gym and I am suddenly catapulted back in time to a place and an emotion.

Sometimes songs remind me of wonderful times. Hearing “Moondance” by Van Morrison places me on a back road with a lumberjack boy friend driving to a farm for eggs and milk. Stevie Wonder’s song “Isn’t She Wonderful” played when my daughter, too, was a precious newborn. But sometimes songs capture heartbreak. Carole King’s “It’s Too Late” came on the car radio just as I was truly understanding that my first marriage was beyond repair.

Many couples seems to have a song they consider their own. At secular weddings these are often played or sung. My husband and I don’t have a song like that, but we did choose a favorite hymn for our ceremony. Lately we have laughed together over a Keb Mo song about a wife’s attempt to change her husband. His song is called “I Liked the Old Me Better.” Another song of his “Suitcase” also allows us a shared amusement about the baggage we each brought into the marriage. Less romantic than songs in our youth, songs that touch us today seem more down to earth. We certainly don’t connect with the recent “I’ll Love You ‘Til 70,” given that I am already past that age!

I would love to hear about songs that connect with you. I promise that I won’t call any of them “silly love songs.”

16 thoughts on ““Silly Love Songs?”

  1. The singing group I attended this afternoon are affiliated with our local U3A branch (University of the Third Age) for people no longer in full-time employment. We’ll be singing at the monthly open meeting in a couple of months. One of the numbers we’re rehearsing is ‘When I’m Sixty-four’, which only makes sense if we can age backwards.

  2. I prefer those songs of old, not necessarily love songs though but have you ever wondered, almost all songs nowadays speaks of heartbreaks, unrequited love etc.

  3. As you know from my blog, I have many ‘Significant Songs’ in my life. Some of those relate to love, or lost love, others take me back to a specific time and place, not unlike your back road with the lumberjack. One powerful romantic memory is served by the song ‘Fall At Your Feet’, by Crowded House. More recently, we had an ‘our song’, when I married for the third time, in 2009. It is ‘If I Ain’t Got You’, by Alicia Keys.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  4. I don’t know if this can be considered a silly love song but .. the song which connects me is Caledonia by Dougie MacLean. Although I am well settled in my new home of Wales when I hear this one I know the meaning of the welsh word “hiraeth”. I could never listen to this and drink whisky at the same time, there wouldn’r be enough hankies in the world.

    1. I loved this song and had never heard it. It evoked in me a longing for the Oregon coast of my childhood. Even if I went back, it is markedly developed and unlike what I remember. I think the Welsh word is spot on.

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