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Friday, February 14, 2014

{happy things} saying i love you via a song

We had been dating seven weeks when I went blind. It was a random accident and after a trip to the emergency room I was left with bandages on my eyes with the possibility of being blind forever. It was during those four sightless days that I received a mix-tape overnight from my new boyfriend who was finishing his senior year in college. Laying there in bed, I listened as my mom popped the tape into the Walkman for me. It started with his voice. We were still in that tentative new stage and yet he started with "I know you're blind now but I just want you to know I love you and we'll get through this." There was a brief pause and then the first strands of "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles started. I smiled and I knew that this guy had a sense of humor and he loved me. Nothing else mattered.  Through those four long days I listened to that tape over and over. It is what got me through the scary moments.

Mix tapes are wonderful things. They help you tell another person how you feel when words escape you. Maybe it's too early to say I love you to your new love. Maybe it feels weird to tell your aunt or best friend or brother how much they mean to you. Enter the song, the song that helps you get your emotion across. Today as we celebrate that giddy, sweet, happy, warm hug of a feeling -- love-- send someone you love a message in a song.

Here are some suggestions to get you started. There is probably a song below that is just perfect for your love. Send them the link and let them know. Love is all around.

{Love: adorable, sweet, new love}
Feeling: You just met someone whose smile makes your heart leap every time you see him but you haven't made a move yet. It's sweet love. Pure, adorable.
The song: "I Love Your Smile" by Shanice
The link:

{Love: she's the one}
Feeling: She's the one. You can't imagine a life without her. She made you chicken soup from scratch when you were sick.  You want to marry her. You want Saturday at the farmer's market and her Sunday morning lemon-blueberry pancakes for the rest of your life.
The song: "Marry Me" by Train
The link:

{Love: your best friend}
Feeling: You love that best friend of yours. She's the girl who held back your ponytail when you got sick the very first time you drank beer. He was your best man who told you "You found the perfect girl, dude." You're a pal and a confidant.
The song: "Thank You For Being a Friend"
The link:

{Love: it's steamy}
Feeling: You just started a physical relationship. You are incredible together and neither one of you can take any more snow. You need a tropical getaway.
The song: "Wicked Game" by Chris Isaak
The link:

{Love: you are falling in deep}
Feeling: You are in love. Period. Every single love song makes you think of her. Your friends and family have never seen you like this before. You love the way he always opens your car door for you. He loves the way you always hug his dog even before you hug him every time you come to his apartment. It is L.O.V.E.
The song: "The Closer I Get  to You" by Roberta Flack and Donny Hathaway
The link:

{Love: lust}
Feeling: Lust. Pure lust. The stuff lost weekends were made of.
The song: "Je T'aime. . .Moi Non Plus" by Jane Birkin et Serge Gainsbourg
The link:

{Love: still strong after all these years}
Feeling: You've been together for years. You have a history together. With how busy life is you sometimes forget to tell each other that "Babe, you're still the one that turns my head."
The song: "Still the One" by Orleans
The link:

{Love: someone needs to know you're there}
Feeling: You have a friend who's going through a rough time. He needs to know you're there through good times and bad. You will always be there.
The song: "Candle on the Water" by Helen Reddy
The link:

{Love: post break-up}
Feeling: You broke up with someone. It's awful. You just ran into him with his new girlfriend at your favorite restaurant. You still love him. You want him to be happy. Actually, not really happy. Because he isn't with you.
The song: "Someone Like You" by Adele
The link:

{Love: unrequited}
Feeling: You love each other. It's there but it's just never going to happen. Not ever but you want her to know that you will always love her.
The song: "I Honestly Love You" by Olivia Newton John
The link:

Happy Valentine's Day!

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