If you are fortunate to know me outside of the limitations of The WoW Report, you understand that I am not big fan of the holidays. I feel that the special days are imposed on me and aside from being guided by a director on stage or in front of a camera, I dislike being told what to do. Except, of course, when I am being ordered around in the throes of sexual heat, but even then, I am left feeling a bit resentful, if satisfied.
I do give a nod to most holidays: a pumpkin on the porch, a crèche on the mantle, the viewing of fireworks, but celebrating calendar obligations makes me grouchy.
Yet, I always have gone in for Valentine’s Day. Except for a few years in my early 20s (1970s), I have never been single, and I have almost always been in love, so it was rarely a painful day for me. Despite my cynicism, and a reputation for shunning the mushy stuff, I appreciate the regards of romanticism and all that goes with it.
I feel that romance can be bruising to the heart; love can make you irrational and queasy. But, I am always willing to celebrate romance in songs.
My 10 Favorite Romantic Recordings:
The Book Of Love– Peter Gabriel
God Only Knows– The Beach Boys
I Can’t Help Falling In Love– Elvis Presley
Your Song– Elton John
More Than This– Roxy Music
The Way You Look Tonight- Tony Bennett
A Case Of You– Joni Mitchell
This Must Be the Place (Naïve Melody) – Talking Heads
Fly Me To The Moon– Frank Sinatra
My Funny Valentine– Chet Baker