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Cathy MacDonald Cathy MacDonald | 10:00 UK time, Sunday, 6 February 2011

Valentine's day

There can be no doubt that February is the month of love and romance - with or without the extra day, and just because this year errs on the short side, it doesn't mean we can't celebrate halfway through. Exactly. Because February 14th is Valentine's Day. Now, while all the cushioned pink cards in the world don't do a thing for me, I'm always in the mood for a song. Years back love songs tended to be quite slushy - at least to the modern ear - but if you take a moment to listen to some of them, they're actually quite sweet. But the best part about a love song is that it only hits the spot if it has meaning and significance for you - so what one person might find pretty ordinary could be the song that has you reaching for the Kleenex box.

I have quite a varied taste when it comes to romantic songs - I'm not so big on the ballads, but I love the very ordinary, the simple pared back sound of something like The Zutons "Valerie". To me it spells summer, sunshine and happiness. Equally something big like the theme from Love Story - Andy Williams and "Where Do I Begin" - one of the great romantic songs of all time.

What are your favourites? Suggestions please to greetings@bbc.co.uk


  • Comment number 1.


    How about the title track from my favourite Bonnie Raitt album?

    'Longing in Their Hearts'

    I like to think of it as Bonnie's Country song!


  • Comment number 2.

    Hello, Cathy,

    Can't believe I'm only the second to post a suggestion (or several...) here furra romantic song for the Sunday before Valentine's Day!

    Here are a few:-

    The Kinks, "Thank You for the Days";

    Gerry Rafferty, "Late Again";

    Dire Straits, "Tunnel of Love";

    Harry Nillson, (a bit hackneyed now, this one, but still good), "Without You";

    - actually, if we're talking about sad, end-of-relationship songs, an even better one, which you never, ever, hear played these days, is Gerry Rafferty (again) singing "To Each and Everyone of You".

    Although, on reflection, possibly some of these aren't quite optimistic enough for Valentine's Day! Maybe it's just the way I'm feeling. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to keep them by you for another time....


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