The 7 Love Languages of Music

Tis the time of the year to think about love songs; what they mean, where they come from, and which ones can best be played on your piano after a romantic dinner (wink wink). But alas, here’s the thing – love songs are varied. ‘Love’ doesn’t just mean one thing; it doesn’t just express one simplistic emotion. It can be portrayed in many ways, depending on the status of your relationship, the way you best interact with each other (or choose not to) and where you might be going.

The beauty of music is that it finds a way to express all of these emotions. So while we all know the 5 basic Love Languages, here are 7 categories that we’ve broken down into the Love Languages…Of Music:

The Soulful Serenade – Elvis, Bill Withers, Boys II Men….these guys know what they’re doing when they sing a love song. They’re ready to lure you in, make you feel like a lady (or gentleman) and romance you until your knees go weak. We know this kind of romance doesn’t suit everyone though, so for those who are a little less dramatic we have

The Too Cute To Handle – Think of those feel-good love songs that can mean a lot, but can also be a little silly. Great for the couple who likes to laugh together, or karaoke together, or sing along on a long road trip together. Early-era Beatles were great at this, as was Paul McCartney in his Wings days. But, if romance is too serious and cute isn’t the right fit, if you need more drama and excitement in your romance, then we present to you

The Pour Your Heart Out Belter – Whitney, Celine, Barbara. These women make you feel ALL the feels in the most emphatic way possible. We can belt their songs when we’re crazy in love….or when we’re broken to bits. Whatever it is, when you hear or sing these songs, there’s no doubt you’re feeling something. But for those with a more laid-back approach to their emotions,

The Sweet & Simple – might be just the right fit. Picture laid-back singer songwriters, old-school country artists, loving duets that make you sigh and feel good. There’s not a whole lot of instrumentation or big drawn-out notes needed to convey the love in these songs; you just know it’s real. Because if it’s not real, it might just be

The Come Hither – We’ve all heard it on the radio. And I’m sure many have felt it. Infatuation.Yes, one can be both infatuated and in love. But all those songs about getting it on in one night? Well, that’s something different. And if one person is more into the come hither, while the other is looking for something more, well then that takes on a new meaning that is PERFECT for our next category:

The We Broke Up, But I Still Love You – Because let’s be honest, there are a lot of unequal relationships out there. And not all break-ups are created equal. Some of the best love songs are about the love that no longer exists, or maybe never even existed in the first place. These are the gut-wrenching, chest-heaving, cry-in-your-PJs kind of songs that make you hurt. Until, that is, you discover

The I Love Myself, So It’s Okay – Sometimes, loving yourself is all that matters. That’s why we celebrate GALentine’s Day, y’all! So if you’ve come to terms with your singleness, or you’re just loud and proud and happy, then these are the love songs for you. In fact, these should be the love songs for all of us.

 

  

 

  

 

 

So Happy Valentine’s, Galentine’s and (whatever it is that single guys do to pass the day away) to all!

And if you’re thinking of putting any of these pieces to practice, well, don’t forget to make sure you’re all tuned and ready to go!

(Mention that you read this post for a $99 tuning if you book before Friday 2/16)

 

 

For Auld Lang Syne

With the traditions of Christmas now several days past due and the impending New Year of 2018 sitting just on the horizon, our radio stations have stopped playing the carols we can’t get out of our heads and switched to the generic playlists they were playing a month ago. But there’s one more seasonal song to be heard, and to be quite honest most of us will only hear it once….if we make it til midnight on New Years’ Eve, that is.

“Auld Lang Syne” is the kind of song that we only know in theory. I’m guessing most of us know the chorus, while many probably know the first verse….and all of us know it’s the song the saxophone plays after the ball drops and Ryan Seacrest awkwardly hugs Jenny McCarthy like they’re actually friends. But what about the origin? I find myself asking time and time again. And what does it truly mean?

Well, a quick Google search can most certainly solve that problem! And here’s the long and short of what I found:

The song is Scottish in origin, heralded as a traditional folk song dating back to some time before December 1788, when the poet Robert Burns wrote a letter to his friend, citing the tune and including the lyrics on the back of the paper. In this version, he took the original and “polished and burnished till it shone like a gem,” according to Mr. Len Murray, Dean of the Guild of Robert Burns Speakers. Burns, himself, even commented:

“Light be the turf on the breast of the heaven-inspired poet who composed this glorious fragment! There is more of the fire of native genius in it than in half a dozen of modern English Bacchanalians.”

Way to live up to the stereotypical poetic drama, dude.

All attitude aside, Robert Burns went on to perfect this old folk song and sent it to his publisher, who didn’t bother to publish it until 6 months after Burns’ death in 1796. Nevertheless, he lives on through his words proclaiming “For Old Times’ Sake” and encourages us all to take a deep breath as we ease out of one year and into the other, always hoping for the best and yet never forgetting what we leave behind us. The song is about preserving old friendships and remembering where we’ve been – important things as we move away from a year of sheer turmoil.

But why do we still sing it now, on New Years’ Eve? Well apparently in 1929, Guy Lombardo took the Roosevelt Hotel stage in New York City for a NYE performance. The show was broadcast on radio before and after midnight Eastern-time, and so in a transition from CBS to NBC radio, his band played the old Scottish folk song in an opportune moment. Hollywood went on to popularize the tune in iconic scenes throughout the decades, as you can see here.

Now go ahead and delight in discovering all the verses you’ve never heard before! It’s even more fun to feign a Scottish accent as you try and pronounce the words just as they’re spelled. But truly, take some time to listen to the words. Hold a loved one tight. And try your best to love the people you’d rather forget. It’s a beautiful message.

 

(Go on, go on…No excuses! I know y’all know the melody!)

 

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne.

Chorus:

For auld lang syne, my jo *,
For auld lang syne,
We’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne,

And surely ye’ll be your pint-stowp!
And surely I’ll be mine!
And we’ll tak a cup o’ kindness yet,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae run about the braes
And pu’d the gowans fine;
But we’ve wander’d mony a weary foot
Sin auld lang syne.

Chorus

We twa hae paidl’d i’ the burn,
Frae mornin’ sun till dine;
But seas between us braid hae roar’d
Sin auld lang syne.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty fiere!
And gie’s a hand o’ thine!
And we’ll tak a right guid willy waught +,
For auld lang syne.

Chorus

Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
And long, long ago.

Chorus

And for long, long ago, my dear
For long, long ago,
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago

And surely youll buy your pint-jug!
And surely I’ll buy mine!
And we’ll take a cup of kindness yet,
For long, long ago.

Chorus

We two have run about the hills
And pulled the daisies fine;
But we’ve wandered manys the weary foot
Since long, long ago.

Chorus

We two have paddled in the stream,
From morning sun till dine;
But seas between us broad have roared
Since long, long ago.

Chorus

And there’s a hand, my trusty friend!
And give us a hand of yours!
And we’ll take a deep draught of good-will
For long, long ago.

Chorus

*sweetheart or darling

+ “a hearty swig of ale”. Yes, friends, this is a drinking song.