V-Day songs, AKA a borrowed blog

Would y’all hate me if I use my blog from the newspaper here, too? If I tell you I’m tired and I need to do Zumba but I probably won’t because I’m tired? And wishing I was out drinking? And it’s only Monday?

What if I threw in a free F-bomb?

FARRAH FAWCETT! There’s an F-Bomb(Shell) for ya. Ah, Farrah. RIP.

If that satiates you, stay tuned for The Catbird Seat is Taken from today, lifted from my other blog site at the Tulsa World. It’s my 10 Favorite Love Songs, with a bit o’ commentary.

Let me start off, this fine Valentine’s Day, but saying that I’m not in love. Haven’t been since the middle of 2007. It’s weird, but kind of nice every now and again to hit the reset button.

That being said, I think it’s time. I’ve started to find love songs beautiful again, and I can listen to stuff that reminds of That Guy again. From 2007-2009, about half my music collection was verboten.

But don’t cry for me, Argentina. Despite a random dream about That Guy every once in a while, I’m over it. (GARISH CHICKEN NOTE: If I paid that much attention to my insane dreams, I’d be hospitalized by now. But some of them are awesome… not the zombie dreams though.)

And while I may be single, I don’t begrudge you folks in love your bliss. I hope it happens to me someday.

So here goes, the Top 10 songs I’d like to have sung to me someday. They might be a bit odd. So sue me.

10. “Lovely Day,” Bill Withers. “Then I look at you/and the world’s alright with me.” Yes, I want someone to be so enraptured in me that they think they might die if they don’t see me. Is that so much to ask?

9. “John, I Love You,” Sinead O’Conner. “John I love you, I’m ever so fond of you…” I heard this at a friend’s wedding, and it became THE love song to end all love songs, at least for a while.

8. “Feels Like Rain,” John Hiatt. This is a newly discovered love song that I adore… it’s everything sultry and sexy of a warm, rainy night, with smoky vocals and a relaxed tone… it’s almost dirty how sexy this song is. “We’ll never make that bridge tonight, across lake Ponchartrain, and if feels like rain …”

7. “Always Something There to Remind Me,” Naked Eyes (or Burt Bacharach, or the Carpenters…) I have a vivid memory of being on a ride at Bell’s Amusement Park and this song playing on the speakers. I was 9 or 10, and I was on that canoe ride where you basically went in circles. A really cute boy named Matt was also riding it. That’s all I remember, but there is always something there to remind me of that moment…

6. “Captain of her Heart,” Double. “Too long ago, too long apart, she couldn’t wait another day for/the captain of her heart.” That voice, that dreamy scene set in those lyrics… I remember it was played on General Hospital when I was a kid and I fell hard.

5. “Catch,” The Cure. I guess I identify with this song because of the line “And she used to fall down a lot/that girl was always falling again and again.” That’s me, in a nutshell, falling all the time, and not in love. Just literally falling. This little gem is song No. 2 on the Cure’s classic “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me.”

4. “Leather and Lace,” Stevie Nicks and Don Henley. “You in the moonlight, with your sleepy eyes, could you ever love a man like me?” That’s sincerity, folks, and it’s beautiful.

3. “Kimberly Austin,” Porno for Pyros. Let it not be understated that I adore Perry Farrell, besides his solo stuff. This song is magical, and I’ve loved it since I heard the first notes on the second P4P CD. “Kisses my fingers when I go by, and I see my mother in her eyes.”

2. “Visions of Johanna,” Bob Dylan. This song will always be a testament to someone I will always love, have loved, for like 17 years, though he’s not an ex, just a dream. There’s a line that describes that feeling of wanting someone to be there, and when he’s not, you go crazy and the rest of the evening blows. “But she just makes it all too concise and too clear/that Johanna’s not here.”

1. “Time and Tide,” Basia. I HATED this song when it came out. Then I fell in love once, and it all made sense. Now, it’s my favorite love song… “We got time, baby, there’s no rush, it’s gonna be a better day for us/hang on, and I will wait for you, and our love will always be as good as new.”

Honorable Mentions:

* “For the Sake of the Song” and “If I Needed You,” Townes Van Zandt. They’re not in the list because they’re almost so lonesome I could cry.

* “Delirious Love,” Neil Diamond. It’s disqualified because it was part of that stuff I couldn’t listen to from 2007-2009.

* “Say Goodbye,” Dave Matthews Band. Another for the guy in the No. 2 song. Nearly too painful to be considered a love song.

* “Trouble,” Ray LaMontagne. Not ranked because it’s typical.

* “You’re In My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” Rod Stewart. I think it’s a terrific love song, but all I hear is Mike Meyers singing it in “So I Married an Axe Murderer” in Scottish twang. Also part of that two-year ban.

* “Silly Love Songs,” Wings. Not ranked because it’s been used on “Glee.”

NEW NEW NEW: And since we’re being open here on the Garish Chicken, I’d have to say that the sexiest song in the world is “In Need” by Sheryl Crow from the “Hope Floats” soundtrack. So take that, man of my dreams. That’s what brewing in my head. Just sayin’.


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One response to “V-Day songs, AKA a borrowed blog

  1. Natalie

    Zombie dreams about me are amazing! Admit it! I’m a loving and amazing zombie. I only want to eat your brains…LOL!

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