26 Nov

All I want for Christmas is who? The Greatest love song for yuletide yearnings.

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Surely one of the greatest love songs is “All I want for Christmas is you” . A real heart warmer delivered at pace and striking a natural cord with any singleton with a dream love in mind.

This 2004 Maria Carey musical style rendering in the open air takes some beating.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RengWX0P5KA

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26 Oct

The greatest love song for Separation: Music to help you through it

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If you’ve ever broken up with someone, you know there’s no separation without its very own musical soundtrack. This soundtrack will vary according to your state of mind – erratically fluctuating between depression and euphoria at first maybe, but ultimately you’ll find you’re on the road to recovery. For every stage of this separation process, there’s the right sort of music to help you along the way, so below are a few suggestions for music to break up to, music to help you cry and let it all out, and music for a fresh start.

The first stage of separation: Music for saying good-bye

So here you are. It’s been a long time coming, but now the words you’ve been dreading to say or to hear are inevitable: It’s over. It was nice while it lasted, but the time has come to part. As you are probably about to have one of the most difficult conversations of you life, here are a couple of songs to help you set things in motion. It’s the first step in the long process of separation – music says what words cannot, so let a song speak for you: If you want to say good-bye in style and are not afraid of celebrating your love one last time, “Dancing with Tears in my Eyes” by Ultravox is the right song for you. A slightly more sober and sombre approach offer Fleetwood Mac with “Go your own way”, and of course ABBA knew it all when they sang “breaking up is never easy” in their 1976 hit “Knowing Me, Knowing You”.  After all, the theme of separation always featured big in their music.

The second stage of separation: Music for the broken-hearted

The “mourning” period often sets in right after the break-up, especially if you’re not the one who walked away, but it can also take weeks, months and even years for someone to realise what they’ve lost! What you’ll most likely listen to (weather you want to or not) during this particular stage of separation: music that reminds you of happier days, songs you used to listen to with your beloved, that little tune he or she sometimes whistled in the bathroom … and of course this special song which never fails to make you cry, which seems to have been written just for you, full of heartfelt emotion and despair.  For me personally, this will always be “Nothing compares 2 u” by Sinead O’Connor. I don’t even need to suffer from a recent separation for this beautiful music to go straight to my heart! Another contender are Guns ‘n’ Roses – not only with the popular “November Rain” but also with another deeply touching piece on love and loss, “Estranged”.

The third stage of separation: Music for suvivors

Anyways, indulging in your misery for too long is not a healthy thing to do. Yes, you’ve been through a difficult period in your life, but now it’s time to cheer up! The worst is over, so here is what you need for this final stage in the process of separation: music which helps you to regain your self-esteem and optimism. There’s nothing wrong with a hint of melancholy or even a little bit of schadenfreude and lust for revenge – but essentially these songs should be about how you’ve overcome the separation. Music I recommend dearly in this category includes Cher’s rousingly positive “Strong enough” , the classic pick-me-up “I will survive” by Gloria Gaynor, and an all-time favourite of mine, “Yes” by McAlmont and Butler. The unusual and powerful soul voice of McAlmont combined with Bernard Butler’s classic indie guitar sound make you want to jump up and embrace the day and all that’s coming: You know you’ll get over this separation – music can help you!

11 Aug

The Disco Nap. Get rested with a Great love song.

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The meeting up of sleep and great love songs in pursuit of a great night out.
Sometimes the most important element in great night out is making sure you are in the right mood! You need to sort your head out before you meet up, and make sure you are alert and eager.
Enter the Disco Nap. Here’s how it works: Book yourself an hour at home before you’re due to meet up with your friends, turn off the lights, turn on your stereo and drift into a gentle slumber, with a great love song to lull you into a happy rest. Make sure you turn the alarm on first!
Result: Wake up, rested with the greatest love song in your head and in the right mood for meeting your friends or date.

Key skill: Choose the right tune. It depends who you’re meeting up with and what you’re going to do. For a date, you need a great love song to make you feel happy and sentimental before you meet up. Beware: songs of an overly sexual nature are not appropriate for a pre date disco nap. The greatest love songs should make you relaxed and optimistec before a date, not over excited and tense.

Keep you greatest love songs clean, relaxed and sentimental and you’ll be in exactly the right zone.

Great Tunes for Disco Naps: here’s an article with some great suggestions: great-disco-music-and-songs-for-parties

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13 Jul

Soundtrack to meeting up with my first date

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The right tune can sometimes make all the difference between a success and failure when it comes to meeting up and courting. Sometimes chasing is all about manipulating things when you’re meeting up, to get the one you fancy to see you in the right light. We’ve all had those moments where we’ve met up with a friend and suddenly looked at them and thought “hang on.. he/she’s not so bad”. Could be drink, could be a new outfit, could be kind lighting, could be the right love song working its magic!
By the time you wake up the next morning the friendship’s over…. But maybe this meet up was the beginning of a new romance! Here’s the point: You can never plan too much to make a date work out right. The soundtrack you choose when you’re meeting up with someone, can really make a moment more romantic, if you get it right!
What’s more if things are going to happen anyway, you want to make sure that your ‘special song’ is decent one, because chances are your going to have to listen to it a lot over the course of your relationship.
I enjoyed this article: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog. Suggests that with a good love song fresh in our ears as we are meeting up with someone, we’re much more likely to feel romantic about them. I can buy that.
In terms of choosing your songs. This is a good resource: http://www.thebestsongs.net. Its nicely laid out, with links to where to buy the tunes you want. Is got a simple and quality listing for lots of different occasions/meet ups, so you can use it for more than just the first date, indeed it has got suggestions for you’re first meeting, music to make love to all the way up to weddings and beyond….

06 Jul

So here’s my own top five to get the ball rolling.

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1. For a pure hit of feel good lyrics you be hard pushed to find more beautiful sentiments compressed into one great song than you can get in Luther Vandross’s ‘Never too much’( 1981). “….There’s not a minute, hour, day or night that I don’t love you….” Title track of Luther’s debut album and solo album….Surely up there as one of the greatest. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYiPQGmnyRI
2. Coming in at my number two, something a little more downbeat: Sinéad O’Connor’s ‘Nothing compares to you’ 1990. Heart achingly moving tune I’m sure you agree. She was always a bit funny looking that Sinéad, but she sure could sing a song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQv4Ue3hUM8
3. Back to a song about successful relationships. No 3 is Eric Clapton’s ‘You look wonderful tonight’ (1978). I like this song because for me it implies things might not always be the greatest, the relationship has its highs and lows but tonight there’s no one Eric would rather be taking to the party and he’s grateful. “And then she asks me, ‘Do I look all right?’ And I say, ‘Yes, you look wonderful tonight.’” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC04ZZploBE
4. Surely Barry White was a fun guy to hang around with. Who can pack so much unrestrained joy and exuberance in to a song? I particularly enjoy ‘Never going to give you up’ where the band start with a ascending note crescendoing into a big sexual grunt from Barry. Great way to start a tune! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4_M5PcJQmU
5. “Oh I need your love babe, guess you know it’s true. Hope you need my love babe just like I need you. “ There’s something raw about a Beattles love song that means you’re never going to get board of even their simplest numbers. ‘Eight days a week’ (1964) is a classic. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtuybFrq7Rw

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03 Jul

50 great romantic tunes

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Save The Best For Last, Vanessa Williams: 1991

Happy Together, The Turtles: 1967

Wild Thing, The Troggs: 1966

Unchained Melody, The Righteous Brothers: 1965

I’ll Stand By You, The Pretenders: 1994

Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, The Police: 1981

I’ll Be There, The Jackson 5: 1970

Best Of My Love , The Emotions: 1977

Three Times A Lady, The Commodores: 1978

Careless Whisper, The Carpenters: 1971

How Deep Is Your Love, The Bee Gees: 1978

Words Of Love, The Beatles: 1964

Eternal Flame, The Bangles: 1988

Roxanne, Sting & The Police: 1978

You Are The Sunshine Of My Life, Stevie Wonder: 1973

I Got You Babe, Sonny & Cher: 1965

Nothing Compares 2 U, Sinead O’Connor: 1990

It Must Have Been Love, Roxette: 1986

You’re In My Heart, Rod Stewart: 1978

First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, Roberta Flack: 1972

Unforgettable, Natalie Cole f/ Nat King Cole: 1991

I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That), Meat Loaf 1993

Let’s Get It On, Marvin Gaye: 1973

Stop To Love, Luther Vandross: 1986

Here And Now, Luther Vandross: 1989

You’re The One That I Want, John Travolta w/ Olivia Newton-John: 1978

Woman, John Lennon: 1981

You Are So Beautiful, Joe Cocker: 1975

That’s The Way Love Goes, Janet Jackson: 1993

Alone, Heart: 1987

I Want You To Want Me, George Michael: 1984

Love Me Tender, Elvis Presley: 1956

Alison, Elvis Costello: 1977

Your Song, Elton John: 1971

Love To Love You Baby, Donna Summer: 1976

Endless Love, Diana Ross & Lionel Richie: 1981

Time After Time, Cyndi Lauper: 1984

I Feel For You, Chaka Khan: 1984

Love Will Keep Us Together, Captain & Tennille: 1975

(Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams: 1991

I’ll Make Love To You, Boyz II Men: 1994

More Than A Feeling, Boston: 1976

Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler: 1983

I Can’t Make You Love Me, Bonnie Raitt: 1991

She’s Got A Way, Billy Joel: 1971

You’re The First, The Last, My Everything, Barry White: 1975

You Don’t Bring Me Flowers, Barbra Streisand w/ Neil Diamond: 1979

Always, Atlantic Starr: 1987

I Just Want To Be Your Everything, Andy Gibb: 1977

Let’s Stay Together, Al Green: 1972

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01 Jul

What is the greatest love song?

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A million love songs later and here I am, still trying to work out which one is the greatest. I need your help. What are the special songs in your life? The songs that have been there for you in the good times and the bad.

Its simples: All you got to do is vote! What is the greatest love song ever? The people’s voice must be heard!

Can’t see your song? Make a suggestion. Whats the greatest song? Who Sang it best?

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