Love Songs – Day 4
Love can be a fickle thing. You’re in it one moment, and out of it the next. Or is that infatuation? Here, friends and staff share quirky and calming thoughts about the deepest and silliest sides of a thing called l-o-v-e.
TCD blogger/contributor DJ Hostettler‘s Picks:
“Brand New Love” — Sebadoh: There are three different versions of this song — the original acoustic Sebadoh version, a faster, punked-out Superchunk cover, and a gloriously sloppy, ear-splittingly noisy Sebadoh rendition on “Smash Your Head on the Punk Rock.” My favorite is the loud one; under all that noise, it retains the optimism of a lifetime of possibility. “Any thought could be the beginning/Of the brand new tangled web you’re spinning/Anyone could be a brand new love.”
“The Book of Love” — The Magnetic Fields: A girlfriend of mine once told me that this song made her want to marry me, which was the most beautiful endorsement of a song in human history (and a guarantee that it now can never be played at my wedding). It’s as simple as love songs get — one solo, resonant guitar underneath Stephin Merritt’s soulful baritone. “I, I love it when you read to me/and you, you can read me anything.” The Peter Gabriel cover is terrible. Don’t listen to it.
“Happy” — The Wrens: The requisite sad song in the list, this one’s about divorce. My friend Lindsey knows the deep connection i have to this song, as well as the album it comes from (“The Meadowlands”). Last time she was in my car and it came on, she said, “Oh, DJ, you’re still upset about your breakup, aren’t you?” You know me too well, my dear.
“From This Moment On” — sung by Ella Fitzgerald: This is all about the bubbliest stages of love. Ella has such a way of throwing her personality into everything she sings, and with this, she makes falling in love sound quintessential, sparkly and downright glamorous. The backing brass and spritely hi-hats are old-school and irresistible.
“True Love Will Find You in the End” — Daniel Johnston: Man, this one honestly makes me tear up … it’s a simple song and knowing who wrote it melts my cynical heart just a wee bit every time I hear it.
“This Will Be Our Year” — the Zombies: I feel as though the majority of the Zombies Odyssey and Oracle album is a love song in various degrees, but this particular song is more grounded and reassuringly hopeful. It’s a great pop song and a great love song. “The warmth of your love’s like the warmth of the sun” — it’s definitely a song to play for your true love. (Want to hear more? Click below.)
Look for more Power of Three: Love Songs throughout the week on TCD!