In my favorite Shakespeare play Twelfth Night, the Fool is asked to play a song. He inquires “Would you have a love song or a song of good life?” and Sir Toby replies, “A love song, a love song.” Of course, that's a very musical play beginning with the opening line, "If music be the food of love, play on."
They’re all love songs…aren’t they?
A few years ago, one of my friends and I agreed to make a CD for each other of our favorite music. We were both tired of listening to whatever we had in the car, so we thought it would be fun to hear something new. She’s a music major, so I knew her choices would be well-informed and awesome. She wrote “Songs for Amie” with a marker on a CD, and I kept it in my car and loved every song. One day, my husband was driving my car and he found my CD. I asked him if he enjoyed it and he said, somewhat derisively, “they were all love songs.” My answer? Of course they were. All songs are love songs.
This caused a lengthy dinner-table conversation in which my husband and sons tried to disprove my theory by coming up with songs they believed were not love songs. What fools, trying to argue a romance writer out of finding love everywhere! They suggested the National Anthem, and I countered with LOVE OF COUNTRY. A country song about the simple life? LOVE OF DOGS AND PICKUP TRUCKS. Church music? SERIOUSLY? WHOLE LOTTA LOVE RIGHT THERE. One of them foolishly suggested classical music. DOES ANYONE WRITE THE 1812 OVERTURE WITHOUT PASSION?
So, I won. But I suspect my theory might have a few holes in it…maybe??
Just to make sure love wins the day, here are just a few of my all-time favorite love songs:
With You from the musical Pippin
Mandy by Barry Manilow
I Will Always Love You sung by Whitney Houston
When You Say You Love Me by Josh Groban
This Dance by Five for Fighting
Seasons of Love from the musical Rent
Feels like Home sung by Chantal Krieviazuk
I’d love to hear about YOUR favorite long songs, and feel free to pop a hole in my “all songs are love songs” theory if you have a great example of a song that isn’t. I'll love you anyway.
Happy St. Valentine’s Day to everyone, and I hope you celebrate with a love song!