Thursday, February 14, 2008

Valentine's 2008

Happy Valentine's 2008. It's a holiday both loved and hated. No matter what your opinion on February the 14th, there's always a song to encapsulate the way you feel. Of course, some are more cliche than most, and other songs can get pretty specific. I'm sure you'll find something interesting whether you're pro or anti Valentine's.

The song for new and naive stages of romance:
Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman - Elephant Love Medley (MP3)

Ewan:We could be lovers!
Nicole: We can't do that.
Ewan: We should be lovers!
And that's a fact!

Oh man, I loved that movie. Go watch Moulin Rouge if you haven't already. I think this medley is the epitome of Valentine tunes. So many great songs all wrapped into a neat, adorable package. Enough said.

The song for the cynical relationship:
Marcy's Playground - Sex and Candy (MP3)

When I first heard this song, I was but a child. I didn't know what it meant. A meaning dawned on me when I listened to it again only recently. And isn't sex and candy what Valentine's is on about anyway?
I smell sex and candy here.
Who's that lounging in my chair?

Who's that casting devious stares
in my direction?

The song for a sense of an impending breakup:
White Town - Your Woman (MP3)

I like how this one begins with the makings of a death march.
Well I guess what you say is true.
I could never be the right kind of girl for you.

I could never be your woman.

The teenage desperation song:
Mika - Grace Kelly (MP3)

Maybe these lines are taken a tiny bit out of context, but don't they capture everything about teenage lust?
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you like me?
Why don't you walk through the door?

The bittersweet acceptance of being alone song:
Earlimart - Happy Alone (MP3)

Don't give me any crap about eating comfort food, watching chick flicks and crying under your blankets. The 14th is just another day on the cal
I'm my home, I've always known
I've gotta be happy alone.
So burn the mail, destroy the phone.
I've gotta be happy alone.

The screw-romance-let's-just-get-drunk-and-party song:
Ok Go - Crash the Party (MP3)

Of all the songs listed here today, I have to say this one has my favourite lyrics. A celebration of bachelor life and an answer to Happy Alone.
You're not the prettiest girl in town.
I'm not the only boy with sullied clothes and a sullen frown,
So to hell with Valentine's, to hell with perfume,
to hell with chocolates and picnics and Sinatra tunes.

Now don't get me wrong, of course these aren't the only ways you're allowed to feel on Valentine's Day, nor are the songs the only ones that correspond to those feelings.

Whatever the case, have a happy Valentine's.

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