If you are fortunate to know me outside of the limitations of this little spot on the internet, you understand that I am not big on the holidays. I feel that they are imposed on me & aside from being guided by a director on stage or in front of a camera; I very much 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 the holidays: a pumpkin on the porch, a crèche on the dining table, the viewing of fireworks, but celebrating calendar obligations finds me grouchy.
Yet, I always have gone in for Saint Valentine’s Day. Except for a few years in my early 20s during the 1970s, I have never been single, & I have almost always been in love, so it was rarely a painful day for me. Despite my cynicism, & a reputation for shunning the mushy stuff, I appreciate the regards of romanticism & all that goes with it.
I feel that romance can be bruising to the heart & love can make you irrational & queasy. But, I am always willing to celebrate romance in songs, performance, art & literature.
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