Today is Valentine’s Day. Even without the massive marketing machines of card manufactures, candy companies, and jewelry mongers trying to tell you how to show your love to that special someone, today should be a time of reflection about how lucky you are to have found love. Love is a powerful emotion that can be felt for almost anything but when it is felt and returned by another, it is reason to celebrate. And I’m sorry, spending money isn’t a true way to celebrate the pure, honest emotions one should have when it comes to a feeling that combines ones body and soul with another.
Back in the day one of the best ways to show someone that you care about them was to make a romantic mix tape. It was so awesome to find music and lyrics that convened how you felt and then arrange them into a mix tape that did the talking for you. Here are a few songs that I love from the 80s that bring the romance…it least in my mind.
1. Foreigner – Waiting For A Girl Like You (1981)
To be sappy for a moment…I guess this song speaks to me more now since I didn’t meet my wife until I was in my 30s. So essentially I waited for a girl like her…ok, end of sappiness. But as a song goes, as soon as the keyboards come in as the song starts it instantly takes me back to 1981 and hearing it on the radio. After all this time I think it is a damn near perfect song and really brings a powerful punch of romance.
2. Lionel Richie – Hello (1984)
Yes, I know the song (or more the video) has become a punch line over the years, but this is a solid song about unrequited love and fascination.
3. Phil Collins – Against All Odds (1984)
Just a great song. Movie was good too, but the song took on a life of its own.
4. Cutting Crew – I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight (1986)
5. Chicago – You’re The Inspiration (1984)
Ok, cheesy I know but I can’t help it. Love this song and I have since I got the tape in 1984.
Happy Valentine’s Day