Dee Woods Chats About Valentines Songs

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You’d want to be pretty unobservant not to notice today is Valentine’s Day. Of course some people would rather be living under a rock while others might be expecting one.

It may be a Hallmark holiday but if you want to make a romantic gesture, that doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. If anyone’s ever made you a mixed tape, you’ll know how sweet and thoughtful that is.

And it’s not too late to sort this, thank you: modern technology! If you can get to a downloading site before the day’s out I can pretty much guarantee major brownie points from your other half (or other half to be?).

It can be hard to write meaningful words in a card without sounding incredibly cheesy, but there are lots of songs out there that can say the beautiful things without anyone cringing.

Starting with the obvious ones, no Valentine’s playlist would be complete without the likes of Van Morrison Someone Like You, U2 All I Want Is You or Foreigner’s I Want To Know What Love Is, but here’s some more love-ly suggestions: If you can find Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s If I Should Fall Behind from the ‘Live In New York’ album, there won’t be a dry eye in the house.

The late Eva Cassidy brought Songbird back to life a few years ago, but I think Christine McVie’s original from Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Rumours’ album is more romantic. Gary Moore’s guitar sings as earnestly as Phil Lynott and Frankie Miller do on Still in Love With You from Thin Lizzy’s ‘Nightlife’ album. Lennon-McCartney knew how to write emotion, and When I’m 64 raises some valid questions in this disposable world we live in.

Anti-Valentine’s? Sure stick on Phil Collins I Don’t Care Anymore or E.L.O.’s Evil Woman.

Even if you think Valentine’s Day is a pain in the hearts, always remember: tomorrow all the chocolate will be reduced!

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