Friday, February 12, 2016

Happy Freakin' Valentine's Day - A Blog Hope

You all know who does the best blog hops - it's Nancy Davis Kho. This time, she's gathered some of my favorite writers for a blog hop(e) as we weigh the hearty issue of Valentine's Day. There's beauty in the depth of love we feel with heartbreak, and when there's company along the way, there's our hope. When you toss in bloggers with tender hearts, you can hum along in hope. Here's what Valentine's Day means to us in the language of the heart, song. And a hot beat always helps.

I'm going to tell you something truthful here, holidays always make me blue. I can't give you an exact reason for it, but I can give the source for my downcast eyes and slumped over shoulders: it's all the ads out there telling me what love means. And if someone doesn't do this for me, then is it real love. Is it?

I think it's time, and this blog hop was the last push I've needed, to claim the holidays in my own way. And I'm starting with Valentine's Day. I'm not going to let my brain along with my beautiful heart get sucked into thinking that love means someone buys you things and love can't start until you look perfect in a wrap around sizzling red dress from Vera Wang.

Valentine's Day can begin with me here in these red flannel pajamas with a bag of mini marshmallows in my lap. Who knew! I can be in charge of my own Valentine's Day!

The only way to kick this off is with Mick Hucknall of Simply Red. Though coming up with this playlist had hundreds of song titles exploding in my head, there was none like this one. Ahhh. Made me remember the lyrics that rented out my heart like they were meant to live there. Simply Red, simply heart-clenching, "Holding Back the Years"

Cause nothing here has grown
I've wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could yeah
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on

HOLD ON, Alexandra!

You know where I should have gone, all those wasted years filled with wasted tears? I should have gotten myself to church on time. Because my boyfriend David Bowie was there. Just waiting. Even when you don't want to go out, you can always make it to church on time. "Modern Love"

We're gonna make it to the church on time
We're gonna make it to the church on time
I'm gonna get my soul in line
I'm gonna make it to the church on time

No one can get your soul in line, like David Bowie. And no one ever will again. So, please excuse me while I go have my 37th cry over this man being gone.
Another life-love lesson? How about if we make it about them, not us. How about if it's us offering our love instead of waiting for someone to come and love on us. Do it. Drop off a box of chocolates in someone's mailbox, send a card to a friend recently divorced, make a call and take a single out for heart-shaped pizza. They'll appreciate you thinking of them and you'll remind yourself how lucky you are to have them in your life. For this reason, Cheap Trick's "The Flame" will always sear my heart. Be the one who is there to keep their flame going:

Wherever you go, I'll be with you
Whatever you want, I'll give it to you
Whenever you need someone
To lay your heart and head upon
Remember, after the fire, after all the rain
I will be the flame
I will be the flame

I don't care what the theme of a blog hop is, I will always find a way to work in The Flame.

When I was in high school, my heart was smashed into a thousand pieces. Partly because I have a heart of glass, and other-partly because nothing hurts like a first broken heart. You don't get used to the pain of your heart being made into a puzzle, but it doesn't clap the air out of your lungs the way it does when you've barely walked the planet two decades. When I did meet a new friend in college who would have liked to be a more special type of friend, it was this song that ran through my veins. I wanted this new guy close by, I wanted to see if we could try – but these tears, dear baby jesus, these tears  from the dude before him. Also, Rod Stewart will always understand, "The First Cut is the Deepest"

I still want you by my side
Just to help me dry the tears that I've cried
But I'm sure gonna give you a try
If you wanna try to love again
Baby, I'll try to love again, but I know

Since I'm sure I haven't cheered you up enough yet for Valentine's Day, why don't I escort you into your own weekend of love with the soundtrack to my pillow soaking: Nazareth. Oooooooh, Nazareth. "Love Hurts" kept me company many many one more time many a Valentine's Day. I was positive it was written for me and it logged in a count that numbered at least 100 tear hours. You know what would have been salve to my marred scarred 20-something-year-old heart? Placing it on this barely-shirted chest:
Love hurts. Love scars. Love wounds and marks.
Any heart not tough or strong enough (I like to sing it “Ennnny”)
To take a lot of pain, take a lot of pain (at this point, I clutch my chest with a open hand)
Love is like a cloud, it holds a lot of rain (now I look up at the sky, asking, why, why!)
Love hurts,
Ooo-oo love hurts

I told you above this was going to be a truthful post. So it wouldn't be fair to paint myself as an angel of love. When I was in college, and went on to a new boyfriend while still dating another, I never felt worse about what I did, than when Michael sent me a mixtape with this gem on it.
Queen's "Sail Away, Sweet Sister"


What a joyful, hot and sexy playlist, right? Well, I am slowly learning what I wish I would have known decades ago: love is you.

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you lovelies!

For some more music fun and company as we contemplate Valentine's Day, hop/hope on over and check out the magic with these true-hearted souls. They won't disappoint you:

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  1. Your list is perfect. And yes, love is you!
    Happy V Day, Lovely.
    xo L

    1. What wonderful wonderful songs. And this blog hop was a fun one. Love to you, Lisa. xo

  2. It's weird. Ten years ago, I had a music blog and I'd write about how awesome Rod Stewart was with love songs. I've seen him live 3 times. But my wife doesn't like him so I never think of him anymore. The Simply Red track is lovely. Well done. Happy V Day empress. Hope your dudes treat you well.

  3. I've see Rod live three times. He as some excellent choices. The Bowie and Simply Rd cuts are perfect. Happy V Day empress. I hope your men treat you well.

  4. I love these hops (and this list) for reminding me about songs I haven't thought about in so long...and who knew The Empress was such a heartbreaker Queen? (Not surprised, of course...) Thanks again for coming up with the idea for today's post, lady!

    1. Nancy, I love your blog hops!! *so wistful to work on these*

  5. Ahhh, the memories! I used to sneak to watch Miami Vice with an older cousin and there was an episode that had Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson in a scene, featuring this scene. I've loved it ever since! Wow, my brain stores too many random facts! LOL! The others I'm not as familiar with, but now I want to check them out.

    1. Thanks, Taya. So happy I've gotten to know you and feel one of your amazing hugs!!Happy Valentine's Day, friend. xo

  6. Love is you...indeed. :) xo

    1. What I know now. I loved, enjoyed, found myself, in your post, Laurie. Thank you.

  7. Oh my, Mick Hucknall's HAIR! (I only know the song, don't even know him). Now I wonder what his hair looks like.

    What a flash from the past all these songs are.



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