Valentine’s Day is coming and Examiner often asks your rockin’ writer to produce a piece for the occasion. Having no intention of posting the standard stuff, he enlisted the aid of musicians and singers to suggest songs for your personal playlist. The response was so great; a second edition had to be produced. Here then, is the second serving of suggested songs:
L.A. singer-songwriter Manda Mosher said that “the very first song that came to mind (is the 1975 hit) ‘Love Hurts’ by Nazareth.” Mosher added that Valentine’s Day always makes her feel a bit down “for some reason” adding that “this song sums it up.” (This is a breath of fresh air here and speaks volumes for all those folks who don’t have anyone to celebrate with and are unaware of the dangers of falling in love.)
Singer-songwriter Susan Devita confessed: “There are a few that make me swoon but (Paul) McCartney's 'My Love' just melts a kid.” (The 1973 tune also fills the slot for required Beatles-related track for this music mix!)
Glen Laughlin, guitarist/multi- instrumentalist/songwriter for The Cherry Bluestorms, couldn’t choose. He suggested several songs including The Kinks’ 1971 cut “The Way Love Used To Be” and from 1969 “Afterglow (Of Your Love)” by The Small Faces.
Margie Balter, actress, multi-instrumentalist, composer and “piano teacher to the stars”, prefers the 1966 work “A Man and A Woman”. It’s a title song from the movie of the same name. The score is by Francis Lai. She adds that the track is “so completely romantic and in French, of course.” Balter also likes Frank Sinatra’s 1966 audio “It Was A Very Good Year” because it has “a glorious arrangement and (is) memory evoking”.
Singer-songwriter and musician Anthony Pomes said one of his “favorite love songs (and a more solidly jubilant Valentine’s-timed song) is (the 1957 song) ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ by Johnny Mathis. It just sounds like happy and giddy and twitter-pated and love is all around and this is never going to end. They really knew how to make love songs back then, didn't they? “
Singer-songwriter Claudia Nygaard confessed it was “hard to narrow it down to one song” but what jumped out at her at the time was the 1974 work "Marie" by Randy Newman. She admitted: “It turns me into pancake batter every time.”
Last but certainly not least, attractive actress and sexy songstress Suze Lanier-Bramlett . Suze says: “I love Joe Cocker's (1975 record) ‘You Are So Beautiful’.” Oddly enough, this one was written by Billy Preston and Dennis Wilson of The Beach Boys. (It’s a favorite of your randy writer’s as well, in fact!)
So there you have it, Romeos and Juliets, love songs for Valentine’s from the mouths of musicians. You can even add your own personal picks to the mix. Have a hot holiday and go get yourself some hot lovin’!
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