The Most Beautiful Love Song ever...

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Submitted by Casey on Sun, 2007-08-26 07:24

What do you guys (and especially girls) think?

 Casey


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Sumi Jo

Rosie's picture

Recently I watched a very good BBC series on DVD called Mildred Pierce (starring Kate Winslet and Evan Rachel Wood) which included some absolutely stunning opera. The voiceover in the film was by the coloratura soprano, a Korean, Sumi Jo, so I have chosen her to sing for you here. Smiling

Mildred Pierce hears her daughter sing opera, The Dilberbell Song, for the first time on the radio:

"Caro Nome" from Verdi's "Rigoletto"

Lyrics and Translation:

Caro nome che il mio cor
festi primo palpitar,
le delizie dell'amor
mi dêi sempre rammentar!
Col pensiero il mio desir
a te ognora volerà,
e pur l' ultimo sospir,
caro nome, tuo sarà.

English Translation

Sweet name, you who made my heart
throb for the first time,
you must always remind me
the pleasures of love!
My desire will fly to you
on the wings of thought
and my last breath
will be yours, my beloved.

Ave Maria by Caccini

Lyrics:

Ave Maria! Ave Maria!
Ave Maria! Ave Maria!
Ave Maria! Ave Maria!
Ave! Ave!
Ave Maria! Ave Maria!
Ave Maria!
Ave!

And again in a modern setting

Rosie's picture

With Anna Netrebko and Rolando Villazon (the host of the BBC Tenor series):

Back to the great love songs

Rosie's picture

Reconciliations always move me...and this is one of the finest ever written:

Parigi, o cara
from La Traviata by Verdi

Baade ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

You want to argue that there's a "divine spark" in man, just not a supernatural one. You tried to say what it is instead, but you failed. It's not "life celebrating, savouring and saluting itself," as we've just established.

"We," whoever "we" are, have established no such thing.

What is it, then? Is it one's celebrating, savouring and saluting one's choice to live? What, then, of the non-Objectivist, who makes no choice to live, but simply gets up in the morning and gets on with his day?

What, indeed? He has made the choice, implicitly. His sense of life is pro-life, unlike that of your caterwauling icons.

Does his "divine spark" consist in his celebrating, savouring and saluting the fact that life is good?

No. That life is enjoyable, except for your headbanging death-worshipping anti-heroes, and that what enables us to enjoy it is "good." Life itself simply is. In and of itself it has no moral quality. It is neither good nor evil. It is the standard of good and evil, applicable only to and for a conceptual, volitional being who chooses to live and to enjoy living. You would have a morality that exists without humans, the purview of the goblin for whom you admit there's no evidence, written in tablets of stone delivered from a mountain-top even if there are no humans to read or receive them. If humanity ceased to exist, according to you, morality would go on. This is called "intrinsicism," and it's lethally fallacious. It's what screwed up the great American experiment. Do you at least comprehend what I'm saying, even if you don't agree?

"The purpose of morality is to teach you not to suffer and die, but to enjoy yourself and live."—Ayn Rand.

Difficult for you pomo-sceptics/goblinites I know, but try!!

Ummm ...

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"Linz, it is no surprise that you have not had any mystical experiences because you have divorced yourself from such occurrences. ("Knock and the door shall be opened", "Seek and ye shall find" - have you ever knocked or sought?)"
I am getting the most laughs here.

No you're not. I am. Have I ever knocked or sought? Hahahahaha! Rosie, care to rephrase that?

But I don't go away pleased. Two clever-enough adults peddling shamanism in this day and age.

Well, indeed.

Note, Gregster, we're calling it "goblinism" now. Eye

Rosie

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It staggers me to think that you think that you know it all and that any person (or even thousands or millions of them) whose experience is outside your own has to be either a liar, mistaken, irrational or mad especially given that the Christians you have got to know and referred to on SOLO you have liked and described in quite glowing terms and even described them as intelligent and sincere. You have said that you felt respect for them. How can people who are mistaken, irrational, liars or mad gain your respect or be sincere and intelligent?

First, I don't believe I've ever claimed I "know it all." It may well be that I do—indeed, it is so, of course—but I've never claimed it. You must be confusing me with some blogger, infamous for his "know-it-all" pretensions. Eye

Second, people who are mistaken, irrational or mad (but not liars) can gain my respect precisely by being sincere and intelligent.

Now, you claim a goblin made that choir sing in tune. I know you to be sincere and intelligent, and respect you for that. So, all that remains is for me to decide whether you're mistaken, irrational, or mad.

Of course, I'd rather you came to your senses and saved me the bother!

THERE IS NO GOBLIN!!

The mess that rose

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"Linz, it is no surprise that you have not had any mystical experiences because you have divorced yourself from such occurrences. ("Knock and the door shall be opened", "Seek and ye shall find" - have you ever knocked or sought?)"

I am getting the most laughs here. But I don't go away pleased. Two clever-enough adults peddling shamanism in this day and age. Sad

Well, let's see...

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I agree with Kasper about you.

What, you agree with Kasper that I'm dishonest? Or you agree with Kasper that I don't answer the important questions or address the essential points?

I do answer the important questions and address the essential points. I just answered an important question ("Why do I need God?") and addressed an essential point (the distinction between faith which flies in the face of the facts, and faith which doesn't) two comments below.

You know you're not accurately representing me here.

You know that you didn't accurately represent yourself, dear. You didn't follow your own advice to say what you mean. You talked loosely and ambiguously. You evinced the philosophical vice of unclarity, and I called you on it. In the nicest possible way. But, rather than clarify your point, you insinuated that I'm dishonest instead. That's not good faith, is it?

You want to argue that there's a "divine spark" in man, just not a supernatural one. You tried to say what it is instead, but you failed. It's not "life celebrating, savouring and saluting itself," as we've just established. What is it, then? Is it one's celebrating, savouring and saluting one's choice to live? What, then, of the non-Objectivist, who makes no choice to live, but simply gets up in the morning and gets on with his day? Does his "divine spark" consist in his celebrating, savouring and saluting the fact that life is good?

You choose to applaud death-worshippers

Slayer aren't death worshippers. They're gods.

you affect to believe that life is intrinsically good.

Well, why wouldn't I? The alternatives are nihilism, or delusion (e.g., Objectivist ethics).

I'd prefer serious engagement.

It takes two to tango.

Linz

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First, my name is not Horatio. Second, there are no goblins. Third, Handel's attributing The Messiah to a goblin doesn't mean that's what happened.

First, my name isn't William Shakespeare. Second, there is a God. And, by the way, Baade is not Goode's name, "goblin" is not God's name and Christians are not "goblinites" (since you see fit to show concern for names - only these are of your own making as opposed to a quote from WS - and are really in themselves your own form of true "smart-assery" and the "word games" to which Kasper refers. Which leads me to your false accusations of dishonesty/smart-assery by Richard. Nothing that Richard wrote is dishonest or smart-assed - what he has said is what he means. He did answer your questions. And he was alluding to that song - why would he have said "just alright" rather than "alright"? He has an enormous repertoire of words, phrases and allusions. That you are not familiar with, or recognise, these allusions cannot give you reason to label them smart-assery or call Richard "shallow", surely? If you had said, "Oh, I missed that allusion! I see now!" well, that would have been an honest acknowledgement of your missing the allusion. To retaliate with an insult (which is water off a duck's back since it is so off the mark and is not what I would have expected of a great man) that he is shallow is simply morally wrong. Third, if you read the record of the servant of Handel whilst composing the Messiah, there is no reason not to believe that what he said happened is exactly what happened. He is not the first or only person to have had this vision. Nor is he the only person to have had inspiration and inexplicable help/guidance which has been attributed to and from God often following prayer for such help/guidance.

It staggers me to think that you think that you know it all and that any person (or even thousands or millions of them) whose experience is outside your own has to be either a liar, mistaken, irrational or mad especially given that the Christians you have got to know and referred to on SOLO you have liked and described in quite glowing terms and even described them as intelligent and sincere. You have said that you felt respect for them. How can people who are mistaken, irrational, liars or mad gain your respect or be sincere and intelligent? Linz, it is no surprise that you have not had any mystical experiences because you have divorced yourself from such occurrences. ("Knock and the door shall be opened", "Seek and ye shall find" - have you ever knocked or sought?)

I understand why you have divorced yourself from them but for a seeker of the truth I would have thought that you could have the imagination to accept things may be true even though you have not experienced them for yourself given the reason why you have not experienced them. Is that not fair?

P.S. A family saying: Don't mess with the Rose. Smiling

Well, there you go, Goode ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... being completely shallow as usual. I agree with Kasper about you.

Jesus Is Just Alright

Richard Goode's picture

And it's "all right," not "alright." Please!!!!!

"Alright" is all right with me, when it's an allusion to the Doobie Brothers' song.

More cryptic smart-assery. Oops!!!!!

Linz

Kasper's picture

"See, this is why folk suspect you of dishonesty."

That's because Goode is dishonest. His company though by some miracle may be enjoyable it doesn't change the fact that he doesn't answer the important questions or address the essential points. He prefers word games and cryptic talk.

Baade

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Life's not good, according to you. Why would it bother to celebrate, savour and salute itself?

See, this is why folk suspect you of dishonesty. You know you're not accurately representing me here. Life is neither good nor bad. It simply *is*. It's the standard of good and bad. If you choose life, then x follows. You choose to applaud death-worshippers even as you affect to believe that life is intrinsically good.

And it's "all right," not "alright." Please!!!!!

Linz

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where's the goblin, and why do you need him?

Why do I need God? To underpin the moral facts, as I already said. (Note that this need arises only if moral facts are metaphysical ("intrinsic") - which you deny.)

goblinite Goode says he's merely a "Deist" goblinite

I have chosen to adopt a Deist worldview. Of course, there is no compelling evidence for a Deist worldview, but that doesn't bother me. Of course, it would bother me if there were compelling evidence against a Deist worldview, but there isn't.

"cryptic smart-assery" in the form of an allusion to my statements re hyperbole.

What's your problem with "cryptic smart-assery"? I said what I meant. Hyperbole is just alright with me. It's just alright with you, too. And, I think, it's the proper reading of Luke 18:25.

There's a "divine spark" in man, to be sure. Only it's not supernatural. It's life celebrating, savouring and saluting itself

Life's not good, according to you. Why would it bother to celebrate, savour and salute itself?

The peace which passeth all understanding.

Rosie's picture

"Where's the goblin?"

God is all around you and within you. In His creation and in His creation's creation. In your very consciousness. In your desire for perfection.

From where does that desire for perfection spring, do you think? And what makes us recognise the same shared ideal for that which is "perfection"? God. And the consciousness He has placed within us.

"Unlike the false god of the Deists and Theists and of many evolutionists, who believe in a god who started the world and then departed far away, the true God has always been with us. About this He says in Jeremiah 23 "`Am I God who is near,' declares the LORD, `And not far off? Can a man hide himself in hiding places, so I do not see him?' declares the LORD. `Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?' declares the LORD." (Jer. 23:23-24). The God of the Bible, the true Creator is omnipresent, everywhere at the same time. He fills all of creation with His presence; every mountain and every molecule; and yet He is not a part of that creation. He remains Creator distinct from His creation. And so a God who is everywhere is certainly a God who is with us." Dr. Richard P. Bucher

Why do we need Him?

Read this and this.

St. Augustine's familiar words hit the mark, "For You have formed us for Yourself, and our hearts are restless until we find rest in You." The human race needs God, the Creator, because it is built into the very core of our nature to know Him intimately. Without Him, we are incomplete, empty, unfulfilled, restless, all because we are living life contrary to the purpose for which we were made.

When the creature no longer has fellowship with the Creator, he seeks to find a replacement to make the gnawing emptiness go away. Some call this "man's drive to succeed", others "finding myself", and still others refer to it as "self-actualization." But these restless strivings are the creature trying to fill the void left by the Absence of the Creator. Some try to make the emptiness go away with romance and relationships, family and friends; Others throw themselves completely into a career hoping that will give their life meaning. Others find themselves almost obsessively buying one thing after the other, desperately hoping to find fulfillment under the sheer weight of the new. Sadly, many turn to the dark side of drugs, alcohol, crime, and other deviant behaviors to drown out the emptiness and lack of meaning in their lives. We need "God with us" because without Him we are incomplete.

Linz

Rosie's picture

Why has goblinite Goode answered none of the serious questions put to him since our conversation

Maybe it was inaudible?!

Rosie

Lindsay Perigo's picture

First, my name is not Horatio. Eye Second, there are no goblins. Third, Handel's attributing The Messiah to a goblin doesn't mean that's what happened.

There's a "divine spark" in man, to be sure. Only it's not supernatural. It's life celebrating, savouring and saluting itself, at the conceptual level of which only man is capable. It's easily seduced and derailed by goblin-talk, alas.

As I kept asking when you were here, "Where's the goblin?"

Now, goblinite Goode says he's merely a "Deist" goblinite, that's there's no after-life or any of that stuff. Well, again, where's the goblin, and why do you need him? Why has goblinite Goode answered none of the serious questions put to him since our conversation but repaired instead to "cryptic smart-assery" in the form of an allusion to my statements re hyperbole. I don't mind being called Lord and Saviour, but I'd prefer serious engagement. Wot say ye, Dr. Baade? Wot say ye, Rosie?

Linz

Rosie's picture

I've always acknowledged the beauty of a lot of goblin music.

You have indeed. (I recall an addendum, "But don't tell Rosie!")

The explanation is that music speaks directly to the soul, and goblinism has mistakenly been deemed the realm of the soul, and vice versa, for millennia. Part of my argument is that Objectivists, in seeking to rescue the soul from goblinism's clutches, must realise and harness the power of great music as the goblinists have done.

The explanation is that God inspires and works through people in all spheres of life, including music, to make Himself known. And this is why it speaks directly to the soul. (BTW what is "the soul" from your viewpoint?)

Do you know that Handel stated that his Messiah was divinely inspired, that he became lost in a trance and he felt God working through him. It was written in a mere 24 days! (from memory but it may have been a bit longer - anyway it was a very short space of time) And before you start denigrating what Handel said to be his experience of the composing of the Messiah being from God as being from some other source, I know it to be true as I have had the same experience. One of these experiences produced results "never accomplished before", according to the Judge. I will tell you about this in more detail some time if you are interested.

"There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

Well ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Who would dare criticise it here? Eye

This, with a reprint of Chris Sciabarra's beautiful review, was the KASS Gem some time back:

http://www.solopassion.com/nod...

I've always acknowledged the beauty of a lot of goblin music. Remember the strife I got into on this thread?:

http://www.solopassion.com/nod...

The explanation is that music speaks directly to the soul, and goblinism has mistakenly been deemed the realm of the soul, and vice versa, for millennia. Part of my argument is that Objectivists, in seeking to rescue the soul from goblinism's clutches, must realise and harness the power of great music as the goblinists have done.

What a Love Song...

Rosie's picture

Who would dare to criticise this?!

Mika - Lebanese/American living in the UK

Rosie's picture

Mika (born 1983) is a fairly recent "discovery" and reminds me a bit of Freddy Mercury. Bisexual, very energetic, theatrical and writes his own music and lyrics.

Toy Boy

Blame it on the Girls

And one for the boys

Rosie's picture

Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
Queen

A Russian American (not Ayn Rand) Singing about Love

Rosie's picture

Regina Spektor
Samson

Fidelity

And a German, Nico, singing about the woman's role in love (a mirror)! Which reminds me, Virginia Woolf, in her lecture to the girls at Girton College (recorded in A Room of One's Own), cynically said that men expected women to be their mirror also - only they were to reflect him at at least twice his size!
I'll be Your Mirror

Mystery

gregster's picture

What was Casey's original pick?

Love in the 1930s

Rosie's picture

Gangway
Jessie Matthews

I'm in a Dancing Mood
Jack Buchanan and Elsie Randolph

from Private Lives by Noel Coward (excuse the terrible accompanying film)

A couple of jazz love songs

Rosie's picture

Nina Simone
My Baby Just cares for Me

Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald
Dream a little dream of me

A Love Song

Rosie's picture

A tender love song to a woman recently met or, possibly, a fantasy.

I think

Unforgiveable's picture

"When You Say Nothing At All" by Ronan Keating is undoubtedly the most beautiful love song I've ever heard.

Faithfully

mattcole's picture

I really like "Faithfully" by Journey.

My core list

Lanza Morio's picture

There are so many great ones...

Stevie Wonder, You Are The Sunshine Of My Life

It's a great performance and a great sentiment.

James Taylor, Never Die Young

This is the greatest concretization in praise of love that I have found. The theme is profound. It's not an easy melody though.

Paul McCartney, Maybe I'm Amazed

It is such a nice sentiment. To say I love you indirectly like that is a powerful thing. He does that all the time.

Paul McCartney, Silly Love Songs

This song is an artistic/philosophical counter-attack against the Haters of the Good.

Paul McCartney, My Love

Pure.

REM

unsub's picture

Hello Brooks Dorn,

Yup. Okay I guess. Each to his or her own, depending upon the paths one has travelled upon.

For now, I like Carole King's 'High Out of Time."

Everything shifts.

Why do you describe yourself as a 40 year old loser?

Yall all missed it... the best love song is.....

Brooks Dorn's picture

by R.E.M, "this one goes out to the one I love"                                                             40 year old loser

Play Me by Neil Diamond

Urban Parks's picture

 She was morning
And I was night time
I one day woke up
To find her lying
Beside my bed
I softly said
Come take me

For Ive been lonely
In need of someone
As though Id done
Someone wrong somewhere
I dont know where
Come lately

You are the sun
I am the moon
You are the words
I am the tune
Play me

Song she sang to me
Song she brang to me
Words that rang in me
Rhyme that sprang from me
Warmed the night
And what was right
Became me

You are the sun
I am the moon
You are the words
I am the tune
Play me

And so it was
That I came to travel
Upon the road
That was thorned and narrow
Another place
Another grace
Would save me

You are the sun
I am the moon
You are the words
I am the tune
Play me

 This one touches me too:

Tonight Will Be Fine

Leonard Cohen

 Sometimes I find I get to thinking of the past.
We swore to each other then that our love would surely last.
You kept right on loving, I went on a fast,
now I am too thin and your love is too vast.

But I know from your eyes
and I know from your smile
that tonight will be fine,
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
for a while.

I choose the rooms that I live in with care,
the windows are small and the walls almost bare,
there's only one bed and there's only one prayer;
I listen all night for your step on the stair.

But I know from your eyes
and I know from your smile
that tonight will be fine,
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
for a while.

Oh sometimes I see her undressing for me,
she's the soft naked lady love meant her to be
and she's moving her body so brave and so free.
If I've got to remember that's a fine memory.

And I know from her eyes
and I know from her smile
that tonight will be fine,
will be fine, will be fine, will be fine
for a while.

Urban S. Parks

Mainspring Comics

@ James

HWH's picture

Thanks for updating that link to Roberta...always loved that song but its the first time I've actually watched her perform it...and I love it twice as much now.

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Must...

James S. Valliant's picture

I just had to update that Roberta Flack link I gave below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

I have it, and though K.D.

Aaron's picture

I have it, and though K.D. Lang easily does it better I consider Cohen's better than Bono's remake. Most other covers of Cohen such as Don Henley's 'Everybody Knows', Elton John's 'I'm Your Man' or even Nick Cave and others' covers for the recent tribute movie are weak compared to Cohen's renditions. The only other Cohen covers I know of which I think equal or top the original are Tori Amos on 'Famous Blue Raincoat' and Concrete Blonde's version of 'Everybody Knows'.

Aaron

Olivia's picture

Have you actually heard Cohen's version of Hallelujah? It's the all time worst version ever! Although he was a master poet and lyricist, he was an absolutely useless musician.

'Hallelujah' undoubtedly is

Aaron's picture

'Hallelujah' undoubtedly is beautiful and moving, and I agree KD Lang's cover is one of the few times someone topped Cohen himself. I never really thought of it as a love song though.

Here

Elijah Lineberry's picture

is a song from my nostalgia file.

"Only When You Leave" by Spandau Ballet...and still quite catchy 23 years later.

Slut that I am Eye I love the line "..so give a little passion to a stranger.."

Gosh, the number of times someone has said that to me... Sticking out tongue

http://youtube.com/watch?v=7gOtSasl7cs&mode=related&search=

Scott,

Casey's picture

Yeah, I really like Sting's "We'll Be Together Tonight." That's a real celebration of romance.

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atlascott's picture

Lets see if this works...

Nope---didnt work..too bad

Scott DeSalvo

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

GREAT list, James!

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I would add, just off the top of my head...

Like a Tattoo - Sade

First off all, just about anything this woman sings automatically becomes sensual and romantic. But the longing in this song gives me a pain in my heart.

"I remember his hands
And the way the mountains looked.
The light
Shot diamonds from his eyes..."

I'm in love with him, whoever he is. Not just lyrics, but the entire piece--music and emotion in her voice. There is the melancholy missing of the lost lover but in the middle it builds to a crescendo that sonically EXACTLY matches that panicked, intense, sharp pain of a lost love. Amazing that music can take us to these places. And headbanging caterwauling, no less.

Then "he" had to go and leave, but we got this great song out of the deal, so I'm happy.

Minneapolis - Lucinda Williams

Anyone who is a fan of contemporary music (i.e., not-Linz) who doesn't own her "World Without Tears" is missing out. Again, the longing and sadness of this song, the melancholy, my God, she takes you to the rooms she is sitting in, pining over her lost love. There is also like a drug-withdrawal thing going on I think. Still, what mood this sets. This song shares a dull hopelessness of a lost love who is sweetly remembered with despair.

Gypsy Woman (Live Version) - Martin Sexton

Again, I shall throttle ye should ye not go out and get Martin Sexton's "Live Wide Open." In studio, he is talented, Live, and this includes his live recordings, this fucker is electric. What a voice. Cannot be believed. Great, great stuff. Not strictly a love song, but a song about being betrayed by a lover. Also check out his wonderful "Black Sheep," again, live, beeotch, LIVE! Martin Sexton is one of the best.

Painter's Song - Norah Jones

What a voice on this doll. Sure, her, "Turn Me On" is 'sexier' but there is this slow, sweetness to this one that makes me prefer it. This is a little ditty that a woman might really sing to the man in her life. I think there are about 20 words in the entire song. Its sweet. I like all of her stuff.

Its Probably Me
Ghost Story
Shape of My Heart - all by Sting

I've really gotten away from Sting, who is under-appreciated insofar as he has made a ton of great music in different styles, different musical traditions, different instruments, etc. Admittedly, alot of stuff is shit, but I have even enjoyed the shit. The above three are all lovey-dovey numbers, and of the three, I think I like Ghost Story the best.

I order all of you to immediately go to iTunes and buy this shit, return here, and herald my brilliance as a recommender of music!

Go forth and proclaim my greatness!

Scott DeSalvo

Quidquid latine dictum sit, altum viditur!

Ah! Good!

Casey's picture

Very funny -- it is a charming song. No bestiality implied, of course.

Casey

Lindsay Perigo's picture

You'll be pleased to know the topic spilled over into today's show, with one listener nominating the Donkey Serenade. We played the original Allan Jones version.

Hmph.

Prima Donna's picture

He died in 1948. As, I suspect, did many of my callers, actually.

And there you have it. Perhaps your expired friends can join you in a chorus of sighs. Smiling

Jennifer

-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

Sigh

JoeM's picture

There is nothing wrong with "Color My World!"
Though I can't stand "Wonderful Tonight." If there's a hell, it'll have me condemned in a cover band playing that boring old song over and over forever and ever and ever....Eye

I'll also throw in a nod to "Don't Walk Away, Renee..." A song that, in lesser hands, would have been sappier than a maple tree.

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Come on, Linz. Give us a

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Come on, Linz. Give us a sample of what the callers had to say...

Well, the most frequently-mentioned name was Richard Tauber.

He died in 1948. As, I suspect, did many of my callers, actually. Smiling

Lots of honourable mentions for Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Bassey, Elvis, Mario of course, Bette Midler ...

My young-ish producer couldn't even think of a love song, let alone a favourite. Typical, I snorted! All you know is hate lyrics yelled without melody!

But the genre will return. Tauber will make a comeback!

Oh, and I read out some of the numbers listed here. We all agreed we'd never heard of them and probably wouldn't wish to. Smiling

Claudia and Jennifer

Casey's picture

In Your Eyes and Don't Give Up -- wonderful.

I'm very partial to Pete Townsend's "Let My Love Open the Door" (The long Ecola mix especially) and "My Maria" by Brooks and Dunn.

Come on, Linz. Give us a sample of what the callers had to say...

.

Erik Christensen's picture

Linz, at least Michael Bolton hasn't been mentioned...yet Eye

Jennifer

Olivia's picture

I second Gabriel's In Your Eyes... beautiful.

Don't Give Up is also a favourite of mine - it is such a loving song.

This topic ...

Lindsay Perigo's picture

... was a smash hit on my radio show this morning. Set a record for the number of calls taken on air in that slot. Most callers had way better taste than most posters here. Smiling

Memories...

JoeM's picture

Jen, I'm the same way with Sarah Mclaughin's "Angel." Every time I hear it, it brings back memories and destroys my ability to function. It was so bad I had to ask the store manager to remove it from the playlist! Sad
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Uh boy.

Prima Donna's picture

I am partial to Peter Gabriel's In Your Eyes, but as it is a reminder of my recent romantic...er...let's call it an "experience", I prefer not to hear it at present. Smiling

Jennifer

-- Food Philosophy. Sensuality. Sass.

Believe Me!

Robert's picture

As sung by the Irish Tenors...

How could I forget the

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How could I forget the Platters it's just beeyudaful! The ultimate slow dance.

Wonderful Tonight

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mvardoulis, I second your nomination. Clapton performed it live on SNL once with more emotion than usual, along with some extra guitar work. He paused for about five seconds at the end -- one could tell he was slightly uncertain about what the crowd reaction would be -- then broke into a grin when he realized it was a standing ovation. Magnificent, both his performance and the audience's recognition.

P.S. And that's why I like it so much! (Until seeing that performance, it was just another pop song to me.)

I just have to add one more...

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Pastourelle from Cantaloube's - Songs of the Auvergne. Absolutely divine love song!

I wish I could post a link for you all to listen, but alas, I cannot find one. So I've posted a link instead to buy it for any who may be interested. The CD features soprano Anna Moffo, and she sings Rachmaninov's Vocalise also!

Stokowski

Edited to say: You can have a listen afterall!! Just scroll down on the link and get a little taste from the excerpts. Smiling

Probably sounds weird/obvious

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Love song, by the Cure.

---Landon

Inking is sexy.

http://www.angelfire.com/comics/wickedlakes

Color My World

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James, I'm probably the last person to give out love song recommendations. But "Color My World" by Chicago is one of the few that doesn't grate on me. Smiling And maybe "Suspicious Minds," one of the few Elvis songs I like.

Love is like oxygen...you get too much you get too high...not enough and you're gonna die...

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"Wonderful Tonight"

Hands down the most beautiful love song ever recorded, IMGO. Smiling

Funny this is the topic that I finally decided to post on after four weeks of near complete absence from SOLO (apologize for that, everyone, but I *was* in the now-devastated mortgage business), but I just had to pipe in. Cuts my heart open like a ripe melon every time I hear it.

"Unchained Melody" approaches the same effect on me, and I appreciate a number of versions of the song from Elvis to the Righteous Brothers to U2. Only other 'love' songs that reach this level of impact on me is "In The Evening" by Leroy Carr (though I prefer the Big Bill Broonzy version - yes, I'm *that* hardcore of a blues nut) and if you can call it a love song, "As Time Goes By" (from Casablanca, which has been mentioned several times on this thread).

Claudia,

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I'll see if I can dig up an digital version.

Casey

Whitney Rules

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No contest. My vote is also for Whitney's, "I Will Always Love You". Finally, a love song about breaking up that doesn't beg the person to stay or lament how she won't be able to live without him. As hurt as she is by the break up, she faces reality and plainly states,

"Bittersweet memories
that is all I'm taking with me.
So, goodbye. Please, don't cry.
We both know I'm not what you, you need."

And rather than be resentful, sincerely says,

"I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of.
And I wish to you, joy and happiness.
But above all this, I wish you love."

Dynamite song sung by a dynamite voice.

Also, Whitney's singing of the Star Spangled Banner at Superbowl XXV is the best performance of a national anthem I have ever heard. I just listened to it again on my crappy computer speakers and it still gave me goose bumps.(And I'm not even an American!) Check it out, here.

Gerald

p.s. I haven't posted much but I use to have a photo which isn't showing on the Preview of this post. I'll submit a photo again if necessary.

Hallelujah

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The verse that hits me in the heart (and groin) is "Remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too, and every breath we drew was Hallelujah!" The way it ascends then breaks... phaw.

For obvious reasons I prefer to hear a man's voice sing those words, rather than a bull-dyke. Eye But Lance, I grant you, KD sings it with great feeling.

I love these lyrics from Jeff's - Lover You Should've Come Over:

It's never over, my kingdom for a kiss upon her shoulder
It's never over, all my riches for her smiles when I slept so soft against her
It's never over, all my blood for the sweetness of her laughter
It's never over, she's the tear that hangs inside my soul forever

Casey, I remember that Ridley Scott is your favourite Director, as he is mine. We had this conversation about a year ago. Is it a possibility for you to post your cover story on Solo? Pretty please?

Hallelujah is a tricky song,

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Hallelujah is a tricky song, I've heard a lot of really bad covers. It seems to be a popular choice for "ooooh let's do a poignant song". I agree the Jeff Buckley cover however is excellent (I have Grace in my cd collection, his falsetto 'Corpus Christi Carol' is strangely appealing, and Eternal Life is one of the best damn rock songs in the world, especially live) I'd have to rate the KD Lang live recording as my favourite though .Sticking out tongue

Songs

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I will never learn to appreciate Elvis -- it may just be my personal context, but, baby, don't be cruel...

I do have a playlist for Casey, both sad and, at the end, maybe, something to pull his spirits up a bit:

Fool in the Rain -- Led Zeppelin

Walk on By -- Dionne Warwick

They Can't Take That Away From Me -- Gershwin (lots of artists do this well)

Bring On The Night -- Police

Cloudbusting -- Kate Bush

Is It A Crime -- Sade

On Your Shore -- Enya

Please Baby Don't -- John Legend, Sergio Mendez

Why -- Annie Lennox

Man With an Open Heart -- King Crimson

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face -- Roberta Flack (surely a rival to 'Songbird,' check out this performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v... )

Prayer for the Dying -- Seal

Simple Gifts -- Christopher Parkening's guitar version from 'Simple Gifts'

Turn the Page -- Rush

And, Joe M. and Lance M., you must have your own suggestions, right?

my 2 cents

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An incredible love song, Casey. A couple of my favorites are 'Come Away With Me' by Norah Jones and 'Blue Light' by Mazzy Star.

Ash

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Better be in quick - he'll be snapped up.

James - and just what is wrong with my Elvis picks, exactly?

(Snort)

Yawn.

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Someone just woke me up to tell me that Casey was single. I'm home alone, though, so not sure who. Maybe jesus.

I could probably think of a long list for this, but I absolutely agree with Claudia about Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah. Luscious.

Have always liked REM's "At My Most Beautiful" for something sweet and simple.

I really like the song "It Don't Matter To The Sun" although never completely happy with anyone's ability to perform it...Rosie Thomas maybe the best.

She also covers "Songbird" but nothing like Christine McVie.

"The single journey through consciousness should be participated in as fully as possible by the individual no matter how dangerous or cruel or terror-filled that experience may be."

Casey

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Linz deserves enormous credit for suggesting Jose and Kiri singing 'One Hand, One Heart' -- I would just add that the whole of Bernstein's version of his own score for 'West Side Story' is simply heart rending. I trust that even the straight can grok that sublime moment. Of course, this must be balanced against his Elvis picks.

As for 'Songbird,' what I love about it is that the selfishness OF LOVING, rather than being loved, the selfishness of its apparently "selfless" forms -- and whether it is requited or not -- is the message of the lyric, so poetically integrated with the sound... super.

But, at the risk of being called a homo by Casey, let me recommend Ella Fitzgerald and the whack-job Streisand for their soul-scarring torch songs.

And, if you're in the mood to cry, first watch Jose Ferrer in 'Cyrano,' then listen to Abbado conducting 'Tosca' -- that always gets the water-works moving for me.

Didn't Rand say that 'Casablanca' was the "nearly perfect" screenplay? Casey, you will also find the letter from Rand to Barbara Stanwyck, dated September 7, 1946 ('Letters,' pp. 317-318) about that film of interest.

I also think that Rand would have appreciated Ridley Scott, too -- he's the Fritz Lang of our time.

What the...

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William, whatever are you talking about????

Here's the real writer of Ne Me Quitte Pas (If You Go Away) Jacques Brel. There are at least six different performances of the song by the creator on YouTube.

Here he is singing the best version ever of La Quette.

LOVE Kingdom of Heaven...?

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I wrote a magazine cover story about Ridley Scott. He is my favorite director.

Casey

What appeals...

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"Ok, so he's always a bit depressed. But he has a very sexy way with words."

He certainly does -- a sweaty, sawdust-flecked pile-driving way with words that a good solid lass from New Z should rightly admire. And she does! Most handsomely, too, I might add.

Sorry if I'm formulating your portrait from afar, but the clues are most interesting.

I watched Casablanca again recently and was AMAZED. I'm sure if you watch it now you will wonder how the thing WASN'T written by Rand. Really. It surprised me.

Here's a fun sexual ego song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GUGOjZRyb_4

Any other barn-burners out there?

 Casey

Oh Clair...how do you get it out of your head?

HWH's picture

Its not a great lovesong, but when it pops into my head it takes me at least 3 days before I manage to stop whistling the tune, and "alone again" from Gilbert does the same thing.

Is it just me or does it happen to anyone else with his tunes?

This one from Genesis was indellibly etched into my brain by repeated visists to a lasershow at the Haydn planetarium in Manhatten in 1987.

A mixture of good cannabis, perfect sound and mind blowing laser artistry did the trick. That high pitched note at the end turned into this huge green laser bumblebee...what a trip.

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Casablanca

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Great scene... I like Casablanca, but not as much as I LOVE Kingdom of Heaven or Onegin.

I dare say, you deserve hell Casey for posting a Ninch Inch Nails song. Eye

Sheer sexual carnality elevated to the divine gets me sweating every time. Leonard Cohen often combined these themes in his poems and lyrics.

In Democracy is Coming he wrote:

It's coming to the women and the men, oh baby we'll be making love again, we'll be going down so deep that the river's gonna weep and the mountains will shout amen.

In Closing Time he wrote:

I loved you for your beauty, that doesn't make a fool of me 'cause you were in it for your beauty too, and I loved you for your body and there's a voice that sounds like God to me declaring that your body's really you.

We're lonely, we're romantic and the cider's laced with acid and the holy spirit's crying; where's the beef! And the moon is swimming naked and the summer night is fragrant with a mighty expectation of relief. So we struggle and we stagger down the snakes and up the ladders to the tower where the blessed hours chime, and I swear that it happened just like this with a sigh and a cry and a hungry kiss, the gates of love they budged an inch, can't say much has happened since it's closing time.

In Dance Me to the End of Love he wrote:

Let me see your beauty when all the witnesses have gone. Let me feel you moving like they do in Babylon. Show me slowly what I only know the limits of, dance me to the end of love.

Ok, so he's always a bit depressed. But he has a very sexy way with words. Smiling

Dolly

Claudia,

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You must love Casablanca. (So do I. The Marseillaise scene is exalted http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5T3e_smFgk&mode=related&search=) The Patricia Kass song has an expatriat's toughness to it's romance -- and I agree with Jeff Buckley's melding of the sacred with sex -- what else should it be melded with?

Even though it's staged like Pandemonium this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWq2apkftgg is an incredible love song, that goes to the other extreme from sacred references to carnal ones. Sad that it has to have the devilish hue society has bequeathed sex, but this song is unabashedly about wanting to fuck and celebrates our physical side. It's awesome, even if the band's aesthetics suck in general.

Whitney's "I WIll Always Love You" is always amazing. What a voice!

(I'm probably going to catch hell for suggesting a 9 Inch Nails song.)

 Casey 

Wow

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Thanks Ross.... 

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

Casey...

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When I was 15, Fleetwood Mac was the first album I saved up for and bought. Christine McVee's voice has a lovely depth - especially compared with Stevie Nicks. Songbird is gorgeous.

Since you've asked for lovesongs that have made us melt/weep, here are my two:

Jeff Buckley - Hallelujah (Better than the KD Lang version - shudder)

and

Patricia Kaas - If You Go Away

For a slightly less melancholic number I like The Very Thought of You by Al Bowlly.

Smiling

Whitney

Ross Elliot's picture

This isn't the performance I mentioned, but it's the closest I could find.

Whitney Houston - I Will Always Love You (live)

At least she's holding on to her daughter

HWH's picture

I notice that in April she won custody of her daughter and finally got rid of Bobby.

Beats me that someone like her went down the gurgle for crack. It's gotta be powerful shit from what I can see.

Glad to see you're still around as a member and hope you stay on for good.

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

KD Lang This live rendition

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KD Lang
This live rendition of Hallelujah in the Sydney Opera House in 2005 by KD Lang damn near makes me weep. So many artists just ride the lyrics and the music with Hallelujah. KD absolutely pours her soul into this rendition.

Hilton...

Ross Elliot's picture

...you're right.

I saw Whitney do "I Will Always Love You" on a Grammy Awards show, maybe ten years ago. It was out of this world. She nailed it with so much emotion and power that it brought the house down.

And her fall from grace is very sad.

Still great

HWH's picture

No matter the crack ho she's become, this song of hers is great and always will be

I admit that reason is a small and feeble flame, a flickering torch by stumblers carried in the starless night, -- blown and flared by passion's storm, -- and yet, it is the only light. Extinguish that, and nought remains.- - Robert Green Ingersoll

OK, that's acceptable then!

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Thanks, Ross!

Next!

Yes...

Ross Elliot's picture

...FMTTM does melt me down and make me cry. It says everything to me that love does--exuberance and, as Tony sings, just wanting to hold her hand.

They're all on my list

Casey's picture

Just not at the top when it comes to this sacred oath-sharing exception-making romanticism I'm talking about. I'm talking about THE song. "Most Beautiful Love Song Ever." I'm talking about a song that melts you down and makes you cry. That's right. YOU! This one does it for me -- because it seems like it should be possible and right there in reach...

C

Ahh...

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...Christine Perfect. She's lovely, Casey. But I always skip Songbird when I listen to Rumours. Smiling

For mine, it's Fly Me To The Moon, especially any rendition by the stupendous and lovely, Tony Bennett.

Fly Me To The Moon, Tony Bennett, video.

Yep, single.

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Nothing more public about it than that.

Amicable, of course.

But the best imaginable is what I'm focused on now. And why not?

C

What??!!

Lindsay Perigo's picture

Casey??

Me, too

Casey's picture

I want to see what the girls think when they wake up and toss their sleepy heads about. Eye

Sorry I'm such a sexist.

But I'm also single these days.

Casey

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