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Valentine’s Day

2005 February 14
by Mike

My first date with Diane was 28 years ago today. Fifteen months after that we got married and took off for Hot Springs (yes, we heard all the jokes) for our honeymoon.

This will not be the most romantic Valentine’s Day, I suppose. We’re caught up in the daily tasks of helping Chris recover from the accident.

And yet . . . after all these years with the Love of my life . . . there’s something deeply romantic about it. For all these years we’ve cuddled, fought, forgiven, traveled, danced, prayed, laughed, and poured our lives into Matt, Megan, and Chris. There’s something deeply romantic about a quite evening with Diane to continue helping Chris.

For the occasion I’ve ripped a CD of some of our favorite love songs:

Elvis’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love”
Eric Clapton’s “Change the World”
Steven Curtis Chapman’s “I Will Be Here”
The Dixie Chicks’ “I Believe in Love”
Collin Raye’s “Love Remains”
Terri Clark’s “I Just Want to Be Mad” (pure eroticism)
Jim Croce’s “Time in a Bottle”
John Mayer’s “Your Body Is a Wonderland” (hey, we’re married!)
Dan Fogelberg’s “Make Love Stay”
Righteous Brothers’ “Unchained Melody”
Norah Jones’s “Be Here to Love Me” and “The Nearness of You”
James Taylor’s “How Sweet It Is”
Beatles’ “Something”

Help me out here. Any glaring omissions? What are some other great love songs?

49 Responses leave one →
  1. February 14, 2005

    Savage Garden, “Truly, Madly, Deeply”

  2. February 14, 2005

    Lela & I have always been fond of Marshall Crenshaw’s “You’re My Favorite Waste of Time”.

    Hey, we were in college.

  3. February 14, 2005

    Leilani and I have always leaned to “Blue Velvet” by Bobby Vinton

    Jim Salisbury

  4. February 14, 2005

    We really enjoy “In This Life” by Collin Raye, “Unforgetable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole, and “Keeper of the Stars” by Tracy Byrd.

  5. February 14, 2005

    “You’ve Got A Friend” (James Taylor).

    Sallye and I heard it performed live on our first date. That was at the State Fair Music Hall in Dallas (March 1971). The person on stage before James also brought the house down. She had just released an album (Tapestry). There was a standing ovation after every song for her that night (Carol King). James had quite an act to follow….he held his own. We’re celebrating our 30th anniversary today.

    I’m thankful for your son’s continued recovery. It’s so good that he is growing up with two parents who love him and one another.

  6. February 14, 2005

    “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You” by Rod Stewart works well for me.

  7. February 14, 2005

    Edwin McCain’s I’ll Be
    (It can also be looked at in a different light.)
    Amy Grant’s Every Heartbeat
    Lifehouse’s Hanging By a Moment
    The Turtles’ Happy Together
    Brian Adam’s Everything I do
    Daniel Bedingfield’s If You’re not the One (I cried!)
    Shina Twain’s From this Moment, and You’re still the One

    Those are some of my favorite songs…… Although… some of them can be overplayed!

  8. February 14, 2005

    Not a radio classic, but a winner nonetheless…Gordon Lightfoot’s “A Song for a Winter’s Evening.”

  9. February 14, 2005

    Happy Together by the Turtles
    Somewhere In Time soundtrack – (N. Sparks could have writen this movie)
    True Companion – Marc Cohn

  10. February 14, 2005

    My Only Love, The Statler Brothers

  11. February 14, 2005

    How ’bout “Chances Are” by Bob Seger and Martina McBride, “I’m in Heaven” by Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, “Baby, Now That I’ve Found You” by Alison Kraus, “Stay Awhile” by Journey, and of course “Jill” by Harry Connick, Jr. (my wife’s name is Jill).


  12. February 14, 2005

    Chicago – “Will You Still Love Me” and “Colour My World”
    Al Jarreau – “After All”
    Kenny Loggins – “Forever”
    The Kings’ Singers version of “I Only Have Eyes For You”
    And for pure passion, Gato Barbieri – “Caliente”

  13. February 14, 2005

    Just an observation, but all of your artist with the exception of Norah Jones are pretty, shall we say, WASPY? 🙂 Maybe that is a new word. Brother, you gotta get in tune with some soul if you want to woo your sweetheart to the max!
    Even though it is just an instrumental, I have never heard of a female that didn’t appreciate “Love’s Theme” by Barry White and the Love Unlimited Orchestra. Then you can follow that up with ANY song he ever did, as that is the only kind of music he recorded. I like “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love, Babe” or “You’re the First, The Last, My Everything”. Somebody mentioned Nat King Cole, the greatest single male voice in the history of music. If you get his “Love Songs” CD, you won’t need to get anything else. If you just want a few, “I Love You, For Sentimental Reasons”, “When I Fall in Love”, “The Very Thought of You”, are some to include with the already mentioned “Unforgettable”.
    Moving on, how about Roberta Flack’s “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”? All of her love songs are great, but you might also want to include “The Closer I Get to You”. Teddy Pendergrass did one of my all time favorite long songs, “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration”. Play that one, and you will be out of the dog-house for MONTHS! 🙂 Late in the evening after Chris has gone to sleep, play her Teddy’s “Close the Door”. No explanation needed.

    Getting back to the WASP world, how about the Eagles “Best of My Love” or John Denver’s “I’m Sorry”. JT recorded a song that he never released as a single “If I Keep my Heart Out of Sight” that is a tremendous love song. Finally, my favorite love song by a WASP artist, which was also never released as a single is “How Can I Tell You” by Cat Stevens off of his Teaser and the Firecat album.

    You are now loaded for bear! I guess it all goes back to you being in Knights instead of Galaxy with me and Staff! 🙂 You could have gotten in touch with your R & B side by hanging with Larry Waller, Averal Johnson, Cisco, J.W. Pitts, Stan Eckwood, and Eddie Gilmore! 🙂 Can I get an AMEN?

    Love you,

  14. February 14, 2005

    Sorry Mike, this post has nothing to do with love songs, though I would like to say congratulations on an awesome marriage that is a testimony to other believers everywhere.

    I was just wanting to let you know that I have posted a link to your entry about The Shaping of Things to Come.I tried to get some more comments and feedback from people here on your blog, but no one has said anything else. I am truly interested in continuing the dialogue, because I have some serious questions.

    If anyone would like to, please address my comments in the comments section of Mike’s post, or click on over to my blog. It would be greatly appreciated.

    Beneath His Mercy,

  15. February 14, 2005

    I’ve had some fun browsing my iTunes for what would I would consider my favourite love songs. (No, they didn’t just pop into my head. I had to look.)

    Because of your Love Kenny Chesney;
    Just the Way You Are Billy Joel;
    When You Say Nothing at All Alison Krauss and Union Station;
    Soul and Inspiration The Righteous Bros;
    This Everyday Love Rascal Flatts;
    Richest man on Earth Paul Overstreet;
    and also Love Remains Collin Raye which was already on your list. Probably mostly “waspy” too, but I like ’em! (which is the point, right?)

  16. February 14, 2005

    Geof and I love the Harry Nilsson CD “A little touch of Schmilsson in the night”. It doesn’t get any better than that. Glad you reminded me – I’ll get it out for later.

  17. February 14, 2005

    My wife and I are kinda partial to ‘Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing’ by Aerosmith…of course, our first kiss happened while that song was playing, and she walked down the aisle to it at our wedding … but I’m sure we’re still objective about it as a quality love tune.


    Brian M

  18. February 14, 2005

    When we were newlyweds at our first “marriage seminar” in 1991, we were instructed by the speaker to tell the people sitting next to you what “your song” was… we were very embarrassed to turn to our preacher and his wife and tell them that “our song” was “I Want To Kiss You All Over” by Exile… but 13 years later, it’s still our song! God willing, if we should celebrate our 50th anniversary together, you think we’d embarrass the kids by playing it? (grin)

  19. February 14, 2005

    See ok, I feel really rediculous saying this.. but I gotta represent my genre and my generation:

    Angel- Slickshoes
    Starry Night-Acetroubleshooter..

    and ofcourse
    ANYTHING by bobby vinton..

  20. February 14, 2005

    People still comment on our wedding – the union of R&B and Disney – gotta love it!

    Anyway, my vote for the most romantical, lovey-dovey songs would be “If This World Were Mine” – can’t go wrong with a Luther Vandross song! – and Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky.” They also happen to be our processional and recessional. My Disney songs were stuck somewhere in the middle of the ceremony! 🙂

  21. February 14, 2005

    We’ve been discussing something similar on my blog except we’re calling them what they really are: “make-out songs.”

    We love Elton John’s “The One” and I wanted it in our wedding, but there’s something in the 2nd verse about “drunken nights in dark hotels. Kinda clashed with the whole pure, bride-in-white thing we had going.

    I think the most romantic song ever is Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes.” And we keep a Sade greatest hits CD around for “special occasions.” She could sing about what’s on sale at K-Mart and it would sound hot. I’m pretty sure I got pregnant to “Paradise.”

  22. February 14, 2005

    Josh Kelly’s “Amazing” is a great song. Every time I listen to it, my emotions bubble over thinking about my wife.

  23. February 14, 2005

    Okay, first post to a blog ever, but here’s a few in no particular order:

    All I Want is You–U2 Rattle and Hum
    It Had to be You–Harry Connick, Jr. from the When Harry Met Sally Soundtrack
    A Wink and A Smile–Harry Connick, Jr. from Sleepless in Seattle Soundtrack
    Hope for Me Yet–Mark Broussard from Carencro
    The Beauty of Who You Are–Mark Broussard (can you tell, favorite new album!)
    The Way You Look Tonight–Tony Bennett
    500 Miles–can’t remember the original artists, but love the SCC version

    Some of mine aren’t mushy and slow, but each brings a smile and a sparkle when I hear them.

    Paraguay is praying for your family, Mike–we love you.

    love–Vanessa Proverbs 3:5-6

  24. February 14, 2005

    One of the funniest and most “Romantic” songs I’ve ever experienced was at my sister and brother in law’s wedding in Tabernacle, NJ.

    Rather than stroll down the aisle in a non-instrumental c of c using the traditional Wedding Processional accapella, they chose “The Romantics” song, “That’s What I Like About You” turned up full volume. The place was rockin’ and just about everyone was either laughing or smiling at the uniqueness of the “romantic” moment.

    Here are some of the lyrics in case anyone wants to serenade their sweetie tonight:

    what I like about you, you hold me tight
    tell me I’m the only one, wanna’ come over tonight, yeah

    what I like about you, you really know how to dance
    when you go up, down, jump around, think about true romance, yeah



    hey, uh huh huh, hey hey hey
    hey, uh huh huh, brrr
    hey, uh huh huh, hey

    Now that’s what I call romantic…

  25. February 14, 2005

    In honor of the day…
    Valentine by Martina McBride and Jim Brickman

  26. February 14, 2005

    I have lots of favorites…but the last song that made me actually cry (in a good way) was “Luckiest” by Ben Folds.

  27. February 14, 2005

    Two great ones
    At Last – Etta James
    A page is turned – Bebo Norman

    Our favorites change but these are two mainstays for me and Christine

  28. February 14, 2005

    How about some instrumentals? Sometimes you don’t want a third person’s voice in the middle of your private moments. Laugh if you want, but we love almost anything by Kenny G. Jim Brickman is great, too. If you must have singing, well, (even I laugh at this, but …) The Oak Ridge Boys “Bed of Roses” and “You’re My Soul and Inspiration”. (That way you have third, fourth, fifth, and sixth voices sharing your moment.) Suffice it to say that shared laughter is a big part of romance in my world!

  29. February 14, 2005

    “Still” by Brian McKnight If you haven’t listened to that CD it’s a great love/makeout CD.
    “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascall Flatts. I know it’s new, but it instantly became one of my favorites (by the way if you haven’t heard the hidden track on that CD, it’s the best song on the CD)
    “Out of my League” by Stephen Speaks
    Yet the #1 all time love song
    “Unchained Melody” The Righteous Brothers

  30. February 14, 2005

    I’ve always thought that you were really cool, but now that I see John Mayer on your love song list, I think you’re that much cooler. If you were really hip with the times, “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce (with Jay-Z) would be on your list. 😉 No, but seriously….”Your Everything” by Keith Urban. Really good song.

  31. February 14, 2005

    I quickly scanned over the list of love songs and no one has listed my newly discovered artist, Josh Groban. Anything he sings is romantic. What a range for a youngster. For new listeners, try “You Raise Me Up”, a favorite for wedding songs. Also Mike, any song by Gary Woody and Greg Cannon. Bet that knocked some rust off!

  32. February 14, 2005

    I think just about anything from Willie Nelson’s Stardust album is pretty romantic.

  33. February 14, 2005

    This guy’s new but this song makes me wish i’d written it- “bigger than us” by Andy Davis.
    Other than that- Im partial to the Beatles’ “Michelle” and Van Morrison’s “Tupelo Honey”. The organ solo in that makes me weak.

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  35. February 14, 2005

    “(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons” by Nat King Cole. (Pretty much anything by Nat King Cole is good with me!)

    Also, “Without You” by Shaun Groves

  36. February 14, 2005

    Okay, I’m single on Valentines, but here goes:
    Anything by Sting, really, but especially “I Was Brought to My Senses”, “Fields of Gold”, and “When We Dance”.
    “Crazy Love” by Van Morrison
    “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by the Platters
    “Where’ve You Been” by Kathy Mattea

  37. February 14, 2005

    There are so many, but I have to add to the Josh Groban nods and point out a song on his Closer CD called “When You Say You Love Me” that is just beautiful…and then “Everything I’d Do I’d Do It For You” by Bryan Adams.

  38. February 14, 2005

    Clint Black’s “Something That We Do” and Mary Chapin Carpenter singing “Grow Old Along With Me”.
    Ther are so many…

  39. February 15, 2005

    “Heart and Soul”- B.B. King (30 years and counting)

  40. February 15, 2005

    Though it is a song about breaking up I love the words:

    Joni Mitchell – A Case of You.

    Oh you are in my blood like holy wine
    Oh and you taste so bitter but you taste so sweet
    Oh I could drink a case of you
    I could drink a case of you darling
    Still I’d be on my feet
    I’d still be on my feet

    Oh I am a lonely painter
    I live in a box of paints
    I’m frightened by the devil
    And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid
    I remember that time that you told me, you said
    “Love is touching souls”
    Surely you touched mine
    “Cause part of you pours out of me
    In these lines from time to time


    CSNY: If you can’t be with the one you love, love the one your with.

    Like Matt it was college.

  41. February 15, 2005

    Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen
    I Cross My Heart – George Strait
    In This Life – Billy Ray Cyrus

  42. February 15, 2005

    Hungry Eyes – Eric Carmen
    I Cross My Heart – George Strait
    In This Life – Billy Ray Cyrus

  43. February 15, 2005

    First time blogger here (am I really a blogger if I just comment?)

    Okay, no question, Claudia’s favorite love song is AT LAST by Etta James. My favorite is IF YOU EVER (HAVE FOREVER IN MIND) by VInce Gill. Another great one is KISSING A FOOL by George Michael.
    It doesn’t get much better than L-O-V-E by Natalie and Nat King cole. And lastly, my new favorite crooner is Micheal Buble. Wow,, what a voice!

  44. February 15, 2005

    When I think of romantic love songs, I think of “slow danceable” songs. And here’s three you can’t beat. AT LAST by Etta James (Claudia’s favorite). IF YOU EVER (HAVE FOREVER IN MIND)– my favorite. And if you haven’t heard George Michael’s version of KISSING A FOOL, you’ve missed out.

    Oh, and my new favorite crooner is MIchael Buble. Wow, what a voice!

  45. February 15, 2005

    When I think of romantic love songs, I think of “slow danceable” songs. And here’s three you can’t beat. AT LAST by Etta James (Claudia’s favorite). IF YOU EVER (HAVE FOREVER IN MIND)by Vince Gill — my favorite. And if you haven’t heard George Michael’s version of KISSING A FOOL, you’ve missed out on a greata slow dance song.

    Oh, and my new favorite crooner is MIchael Buble. Wow, what a voice!

  46. February 15, 2005

    sorry, my computer was acting up, and I didn’t think any of the comments were posting. now, you’ve got three of the same thing. this blogging stuff is hard!

  47. February 20, 2005

    I know it is after Valentine’s Day, but I can’t believe no one mentioned “When a Man Loves a Woman” I prefer the Percy Sledge original, but Michael Bolton does a decent version too.

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