OK, these are not the greatest songs ever written or performed, artistically speaking. So what. I wanted to highlight 13 really sweet, upbeat pop songs about love--save the ballads for another time. When these sweety-sweet goofy songs come on the radio, I smile and sing along. They're they kind of song that gets stuck in the groove of your brain for a day or two. Ready?
13. Sugar Sugar - The Archies
12. The Things We Do for Love - 10cc
11. Happy Together - The Turtles
10. Every Little Thing She Does is Magic - The Police
09. Laughter in the Rain - Neil Sedaka
08. Love Will Keep us Together - The Captain and Tennille
07. You are the Woman - Firefall
06. Kiss on My List - Hall and Oates
05. You are the Sunshine of My Life - Steve Wonder
04. I'm a Believer - The Monkees
03. Baby, Baby - Amy Grant
02. Still the One - Orleans
01. Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes) - Edison Lighthouse
[The one that's been going through my head for two days now.]
That's the end of TT, but if you'd like to read a Valentine's poem, forge ahead.
One night at my elementary school's open house when I was in kindergarten or first grade, I saw my father smile at one of my papers displayed on a wall along with all of my classmates'. I asked him why he was smiling. He replied, "What does that say?" I remember tilting my head up, but I couldn't read it. Then I remembered what I had written and said, "Eugene Field." That was the name of my school, and I had drawn a picture of my school and put the name on the front. That memory always stayed with me because I could tell he was stifling a laugh under that smile, but I couldn't figure out what was so funny.
Years later, I found that paper and realized I had mistakenly written, "Eugene Fled." I'm guessing it struck him funny as in, "Eugene has left the building. Down with school."
That little school has long been defunct, and I hadn't thought about Eugene Field in a long time. Today, I happened across his name on the good old Internet, so I checked his bio. He was a poet of whimsy whose work was much loved by children, and thus several schools were named after him. Lo and behold, a couple of his most famous poems were about Valentine's Day.
And with that, I now share a sweet poem by Eugene
Accept, dear girl, this little token,
And if between the lines you seek,
You'll find the love I've often spoken
The love my dying lips shall speak.
Our little ones are making merry
O'er am'rous ditties rhymed in jest,
But in these words (though awkward very)
The genuine article's expressed.
You are as fair and sweet and tender,
Dear brown-eyed little sweetheart mine,
As when, a callow youth and slender,
I asked to be your Valentine.
What though these years of ours be fleeting?
What though the years of youth be flown?
I'll mock old Tempus with repeating,
"I love my love and her alone!"
And when I fall before his reaping,
And when my stuttering speech is dumb,
Think not my love is dead or sleeping,
But that it waits for you to come.
So take, dear love, this little token,
And if there speaks in any line
The sentiment I'd fain have spoken,
Say, will you kiss your Valentine?
To my own Eugene: will you kiss your Valentine??