Today, I'd like to offer a little note to wish our readers a Happy Valentine's Day. There are quite a few different emotions surrounding this holiday and I've tried to capture many of them with an appropriate song.
As Nick Hornby wrote in his classic music novel High Fidelity:
“People worry about kids playing with guns, and teenagers watching violent videos; we are scared that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands - literally thousands - of songs about broken hearts and rejection and pain and misery and loss.”
For the occasion I'd like to start by offering a little rare track from The Boss to advise you what to do if you're thinking about that special lady today. Short and to the point, this one is easy.
Bruce Springsteen - "Give The Girl A Kiss"
Or... if you're on the cynical side of the holiday there's always Bob Dylan to put thoughts in perspective.
Bob Dylan - "I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met)"
Personally, the positive attitude in this next track is refreshing and his advice should be heeded by those still out there looking for love.
Larry Birdsong - Somebody, Somewhere (1957)
If you're down because you are missing that special someone and wondering what they're thinking you might beg and plead like this singer.
Roscoe Shelton - "Say You Really Care" (1959)
Finally, this one must be included on the mix tape when you want her out of your life as you're giving your lover that final kiss off.
13th Floor Elevators - "You're Gonna Miss Me"