Tuesday, 14 February 2012
So, @xplorn is trying to be a trendsetter, and has challenged me to come up with SEVEN valentine's type songs.
I could go the cynical route, since I'm fairly cynical (and completely single), but I won't. I've decided to post songs which fit my idea of what I would like love to be.
These are in no particular order, by the way.
1. Lovesong, by The Cure:
(not the official video because that person is a meanie and won't allow embedding. Whatevers. :P)
I posted Adele's version once before which is also beautiful, but this is the original.
What I like about this song: It follows the "show, don't tell," rule that (good) writers follow. Rather than singing "I love you," he explains all the ways in which that love is real: being alone with her makes him feel whole and free and fun. And then he assures that his love will be forever: "whatever words I say," which acknowledges that even good lovers often have crazy fights. :)
2. The Luckiest, by Ben Folds:
Sorry this video is lame, but since it wasn't a single, there's no official video, and I'm not as fond of the only live version available, which he plays with a symphony backing. This one is just the lyrics, so have fun reading....
Seriously, I can't listen to this song without crying. It's just so beautiful. I think part of what makes it so amazing is the fact that Ben often does pretty humorous songs, and so when he just does a serious song, it's that much more impact-full, at least for me. I love this song because it's about finding the one person that's right for you, and a little bit about loving that person beyond this life and into the next one. It's sappy, sure, and that's why it makes me cry. But I love it. :)
3. She's Always a Woman to Me, by Billy Joel
Another lyrics-only video. :P
I mostly like this song because, from the first time I heard it, it reminds me of myself. The woman in this song is not perfect, she steals, she lies, "she never gives in, she just changes her mind," she plays games with you and "laugh(s) while you're bleeding." But the singer loves her anyway. I am not perfect. I don't steal, but I do take care of myself. :)
4. Nothing Ever Hurt Like You, by James Morrison:
Oh, [insert preferred deity here], his voice is just....
Excuse me, I have to pick myself up from the ground. -Ahem-
Where was I? Oh yes, this song. Included here because, well, it's awesome. There's a certain amount of pain in every relationship, heck, in every life. The good pain is the good stuff. That's what you want. That's what this guy wants. In case you hadn't noticed.
5. I Just Haven't Met You Yet, by Michael Bublé
Another non-official video, which in this case is okay because the original video is cheesy with extra cheese. (Possibly I think that because it takes place in a supermarket.)
Anyway, the song itself is also CHEESY but it's also insanely catchy and optimistic, so much so that I think it should be a commercial for E-Harmony or one of those places. Why do I like it? Well, it's hopeful. I think you're awesome, and I know you're out there. <3
6. Undisclosed Desires, by Muse
I really wanted to include a song by Muse, because their music can be very passionate, and I think this one is perfect for this list. Sadly, the official video will not embed, which means you cannot see the amazing hotness of Matthew Bellamy. You can appreciate his voice, though.
Anyway, this song is about opening up to your lover, trusting them, and allowing them to fulfill the undisclosed desires in your heart. What more could you want?
7. A Thousand Years, by Sting
The album which this song is on is one of the stupidest things I ever purchased. There are really only two good songs on it. This is one of them.
I like epic-ness. I like epic music, epic movies, epic stories, epic love stories. This song puts an image in my head of some poor soul trekking through the world, trying to get back to his love through the centuries. Maybe he is immortal, or maybe he is passing through lifetimes. But he's gone through everything in that time period.
And through that all, "I still love you."
Okay, I'm done.
This was NOT EASY.
I do not have very many songs that can be considered Valentine's Day appropriate. So finding seven was a bit difficult.
What's YOUR Valentine's Soundtrack?