Regular readers know how your randy writer feels about this day. Still, it has become a bit of a tradition in America. More importantly, there’ve been requests for playlists from readers who are huge supporters so this one is not only for them but by them. Here then—are “Reader Favorites” for Valentine’s Day:
Jolene Mortensen says the 1974 cut “I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton—“not Whitney”--is her favorite! She adds: “I never did like Whitney's version.” (Surely a lady named “Jolene” would just have to love Parton!)
James Cayon couldn’t decide on just one. He submitted songs from his “all-time Top 5” which includes: one-hit wonder Rubicon’s one hit from 1978 “I’m Gonna Take Care Of Everything”, the 1973 song “Lady” by Styx and from 1990 Living Colour’s “Solace Of You”.
Shelly Youngbloom Carswell says she likes the 1962 song “Two Lovers” by Mary Wells and she confesses that she “will never forget ‘Last Kiss’" by Frank J Wilson and the Cavaliers (which is as old as your randy writer as both were born in 1961)
“Swexy” Kittie Shaughnessy of Pismo Beach’s famous Orange Cat Café fame really likes “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” She says “It has different artists” but puts Willie Nelson first. The song was published back in 1945 by Scotty Wiseman and covered by many other artists. Nelson put it out in 1967.
Glen Laughlin, guitarist for The Cherry Bluestorms and The Furys, submitted songs for another VD piece but he had so many I decided to include one of them here. Laughlin states: ‘’ ‘My Heart Never Changed’ by Kayak is a rare gem (from 1975).”
Someone whose name was unfortunately lost in the shuffle said his favorite love-themed songs are from 1976 "Mad Man Moon" by Genesis. He stated: “This might be my all time favorite song. The lyrical meaning is about a man who left the woman he loved and it's musically ingenious! Here's a lyrical excerpt: ‘Oh, how I loved you! /I once cried long ago. But I was the one who decided to go to search beyond the final quest/Where I heard it said just birds could dwell so high’.”
He adds: “Also ‘Hello, It's Me’ by Todd Rundgren. I remember when I'd hear that song on the radio when I was young. I would always wonder who it was by and I could never find out so I finally called the radio station one day then immediately bought the album.” His solo version was released in 1972.
So there you have it, boys and girls. There should even be room for more favorites or even substitutions. Remember, this mix is merely a list of favorites for the holiday and not meant for seduction. Seduction mixes have to be done for each specific gender and are not for children! Have a happy VD and go get some!
My name is Phoenix and . . . that's the bottom line.