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Your Official Valentine’s Day Playlist

Jamie Cullum “Love Ain’t Gonna Let You Down”

When Cullum sings the third refrain…you are certain that this will be it. This is the best feel good love song of this century. And it’s perfectly produced. Raw and packed with punch.

U2 “In A Little While”

My buddy played this at his wedding. It was an important song to him. And to me as I felt a lot from it. Such a simple beautiful track. “slow down my beating heart.”

Beck “Think I’m In Love”

This track speaks perfectly at how people feel when getting into a relationship. Maybe they’ve been burned too many times, maybe they’ve never been burned, maybe they just don’t know. This is the 2nd or 3rd date song when you’re not really sure what the intentions are or how to progress…”probably lay my head on a wooden floor, tell her I was tired from working the store, counting all the cash from an old shoe box, saving up to buy her something she wants…I think I’m in love but it makes me kinda nervous to say so.”

Jack Johnson “Better Together”

I don’t know about you but the moments that I’ve been able to share with someone special (even a friend) have been the most rewarding, satisfying, and important feel good moments of my life. This is my mantra in a world so asphyxiated with social media and being a part and being insecure…cherish the moments you spend together. That’s all you’ll remember in the end.

Weezer “Devotion”

It’s not until the 2nd verse that you really see what this song is all about. “I commend your stubbornness…without it we’d never get this far. I am done with perfection. Unlike you, she isn’t true. You never gave up devotion waiting for me, you’ll always be my girlfriend. I’ll always be your friend…” Sometimes people are just…waiting for you to take control…grab the opportunity before it’s gone.

Coldplay “Sky Full Of Stars”

Out of all of Coldplay’s catalog it’s this song that I think perfectly hits home while still being palatable and beautiful at the same time.

Of Montreal “An Eluardian Instance”

It’s this song as a whole that makes me feel uplifted, and carefree, and makes me want to love unconditionally. “Does she know that I am not just searching for some first time high?”

Billy Joel “I Go To Extremes”

Put this on in the car, roll the windows down, blare them, and scream along. Everybody goes to extremes for love. And it’s chaos. And it’s heartbreak. And it takes you high. And it takes you low. And it’s an insanely awesome feeling: life !

Foster The People “I Would Do Anything For You”

The carefree, nostalgic, mysterious love song. You’re in that moment of transcendence when you finally focus on the intention and the emotions and you wake up and realize ‘you messed up’.

 Mute Math “You Are Mine”

Another great underrated track, ‘You Are Mine’ is about anyone or anything that you appreciate and hold with high regard. I feel safe when I listen to this song. Like I belong or someone belongs. “Everyone has their obsession, consuming thoughts, consuming time. They hold high their prized possessions, it defines the meaning of their lives. You are mine…There are objects of affection that can mesmerize the soul. There is always one addiction that just cannot be controlled. You are mine…”

Billy Joel “To Make You Feel My Love”

There are so many different versions of this but this, in my opinion, is the best of all of them. Just like Cullum’s track, this one features a striking performance on the drums, the organs, the harmonica. It’s blues at it’s most palatable, and arguably one of Billy’s best vocal performances on record. Plus…it’s one of the best love songs ever written.

Nirvana “Aneurysm”

One of the band’s most underrated gems, quite possibly the most in-your-face of all of Kurt’s lyrics, and the most interesting guitar and vocal arrangement the band ever did. Other than ‘Heart Shaped Box’, this will be the closest we ever get to a love song by Kurt. “love you so much it makes me sick…beat it beat it out of me…she keeps the pumping straight to my heart…” (I don’t even need to go there). This song exemplifies the rawest, most striped down, strangest type of love song you’ll ever hear.’’

Foster The People “Nevermind”

Please…read into me: “Well let’s take off from the start. I know you tried all this before and did your best to fight the war and break it off. Would it take a shooting star to show that life can bloom when something breaks? And when the pieces fall, I’ll catch them all.” Foster sings as a positive force trying to heal your heart. But then he shows a generation’s true colors in the next few lines: “It’s hard to know the truth in this post-modernist view where absolutes are seen as relics and laughed out of the room. I cried wolf so many times I’m afraid of what you want from me. My mind’s a minefield of direction, it’s honestly deceptive…” Then coming back down to make you realize…everything will play out and be okay in the end…”Nevermind what you’re looking for, you’re gonna find what you’re looking for…”

The Beach Boys “God Only Knows”

The epitome of love.

Foo Fighters “Walking After You”

No matter what you say or do…Dave is coming with you.

The Airborne Toxic Event “The Graveyard Near The House”

A confession. A story. An introspection. It tells the truth of fairy tales. “And bye to all this dog-eared innocence. I can’t pretend that I can tell you what is going to happen next or how to be. But you have no idea about me. Sometimes you seem so strange to me I must seem strange to you. We’re like two actors playing our parts. Did you memorize your lines ‘cause I didn’t.” But it’s the last lines of the song (which is the last song on the album) that is brilliance: “It’s better to love whether you win or lose or die. It’s better to love and I will love you til I die.”

Elton John “The One”

One of the more rare EJ songs of the 90s where he actually plays piano. A song that could’ve been really cheesy but the production and arrangement carried it to a whole other place. This is the moment that you realize why you’re here in this world…the moment you’ve found someone worth more than anything you could ever have imagined. Your whole world has changed.

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Your Official “I Hate Valentine’s Day” Playlist

Valentine’s day…whether you love it or hate it, it’s almost here. With this sometimes dreaded all-the-lovers holiday comes the terrible annoying sap on the radio, and I know some of you can’t stand this crap, and of course, others pine over it. So, let’s start with some heartbreaking melodies, shall we?

Airborne Toxic Event “Sometime Around Midnight”

This will always be at the top of my list, cutting deeper than any blade to the heart. This is for all of you who just can’t get over it. So you walk into a bar…and there’s your ex standing there…and all the feels come back. I’ve cried many many times to this song. Even when I had no reason to cry. It’s just fucking perfect. “And you’re too drunk to notice everyone is staring at you. You just have to see her, you just have to see her, you just have to see her, you know that she’ll break you in two.”

The Ting Tings “Day To Day”

Being pulled a part. People going their separate ways. Being played. Being strong. My favorite line rings loud and clear: “Everyday we mean it, respect it, put it out, neglect it, talk it through, face it, tear it up, replace it, win some, lose some, find out we use some, bend the rules and have fun, someone you can count on…”. It’s the perfect song to move on…

Everclear “So Much For The Afterglow”

One of my favorite throwbacks. It’s so good to put this on when nothing’s going right in your day, and things just seem too hard. It’s all in the sarcasm of the happy vocals that takes a turn for the angst. “We never ask ourselves the questions to the answers that nobody even wants to know…so much for the afterglow.”

Amanda Palmer “Another Year”

From the sparseness of the piano, you know it’s going to be a sad sad song. What closes a rather melancholy but amazingly bold album, “Another Year” is the anthem for lonely hearts. “I tried to fall in it again. My friends took bets and disappeared. I think I’ll wait another year…”

 Fiona Apple “Love Ridden”

Fiona Apple has this way of painting pictures through music and words. “I will look at you with the focus I gave to my birthday candles. I’ve wished on the lighted blue fames and baby I’ve wished for you. Nobody sees when you are lying in your bed and I want to crawl in with you but I cry instead. And in a little while we’ll only have to wave…” This is the song to sober up, be strong, and walk away from something causing you grief.

 Leona Lewis “Better In Time”

Maybe it’s because my first heartbreak happened when this song came out…or maybe it’s because it was on the radio 24/7, but this is a great song to rebuild your strength to. Be patient. It really will all get better in time.

 Queens Of The Stone Age “I Appear Missing”

This is the ascension into depression, that moment when you need to shut the world out and go into your shell. “I’ve gone missing, no longer exist. One day I hope I am someone you miss.” The song shines with acceptance at the end when Josh sings “I’ve never loved anything until I loved you. I’m over the edge what can I do. We’re falling through.”

Fiona Apple “Paper Bag”

“I was staring at the sky, just looking for a star to pray on or wish on…a daydream of a boy who’s reality I knew was a hopeless to be had…but then the dove of hope began its downward slope and I believed for a moment that my chances were approaching to be grabbed…but as it came down near so did a weary tear. I thought it was a bird but it was just a paper bag.” Heart. BREAK. Lost hope. “Hunger hurts but starving works…when it costs too much to love.” Can we say…jaded?

Coldplay “O”

When Chris sings, “fly on right through, maybe one day I’ll fly next to you, maybe one day I can fly with you…” I curl into a ball of tears. Those five lines are the epitome of yearning for someone who you have to let go and the burning of unconditional love you will have again but…when?

 Maroon 5 “Sweetest Goodbye”

From the beat to the vocals to the wailing guitars this is one of my top choices to fall asleep to. It makes me feel warm as I cry to sleep to it. “the rhythm of the rain that drops and coincides with the beating of my heart.” One last time he wishes to be with her. “There must be someplace that only you and I could go so I can show you how I feel…” cue guitar solo…

 The Antlers “Putting The Dog To Sleep” 

I don’t know what to say about this track other than…the metaphor is real.

Travis “The Humpty Dumpty Love Song”

One of the most overlooked heartbreak songs. A baby cries in the background. It’s simple. And direct. “All I need is you. I just need you. I’m gonna give my heart to you.” Even though this guy is absolutely wrecked…he’s going to love unconditionally.

 Coldplay “Ink”

Such a beautiful pop song to me. “Got a tattoo said ‘together through life’ and you wonder when you wake up will it be alright? feels like there’s something broken inside” This is the post-breakup song. “I’m lost whenever you go. I love you so much that it hurts.”

Fiona Apple “Valentine”

From the beating heart in the background to the cracks in her voice, this song is FRAGILE. “I made it to a dinner date. my teardrop seasoned every plate. I tried to dance but lost my nerve. I cramped up in the learning curve…” The song teeters on obsession with a declaration of childishness “I stand no chance of growing up. I root for you. I love you. you. you. you…”

Weezer “No Other One”

“my girl’s a liar but I stand beside her…” the first line of the song. “All of the drugs she does scares me real good…nobody knows me like her, nobody knows her like me…” Obviously this is one sided. Cheeky, obsessive, and over the top in every way. One of their most underrated tracks.

 Mike Pinto “It Ain’t Easy”

Denial. We’ve all had it. And we’ve all felt what’s real. This is a ‘it’s not over yet because I still feel for you and I know what I felt and I know that it was real…wasn’t it?’ kind of song. And it’s a great song to send you off to.

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