July 16th, 2019

Radio Ramblings: Valentine vibes

By Medicine Hat News on February 7, 2019.

In case the store displays which have been up since late December weren’t enough, here’s your reminder that we’re just one week away from Valentine’s Day. To get you prepared, I’ve put together a list (in no particular order) of the Best Classic Hits for Valentine’s Day, all of which you can hear on 102.1 CJCY between 2-7PM next Thursday. I’ll do my best to keep this list as sap-free as possible, but I can’t make any promises.

Captain & Tennille — “Love Will Keep Us Together”: A no. 1 hit from the husband and wife duo of the late Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille. Melody-wise, this song will stick with you for days at a time. It contains the perfect blend of piano, clavinet, and synthesizers in all of their mid-’70s goodness. The lyrics serve as a reminder that for however many sweet-talkin’ girls or guys come around, there will only be one to love you forever. Plus, they re-recorded it entirely in Spanish as “Por Amor Viviremos,” so you can enjoy it in two languages!

Bee Gees — “How Deep Is Your Love”: Part of the iconic “Saturday Night Fever” soundtrack — one of the greatest romance movies of all-time. Just kidding. But it is one of the best-selling soundtracks and this may be one of the best love ballads of all-time. Behind every great ballad, there’s a great string arrangement and this one comes to you like a summer breeze, keeps you warm in its love and — sorry, now I’m just quoting the lyrics. They’re incredibly sweet and masterfully sung by Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb.

Diana Ross & Lionel Richie — “Endless Love”: From the soundtrack of the movie with the same name. Critically, the movie was not well-received, but luckily the song was. The lyrics speak for themselves for the most part, with each declaring their endless love for the other. It may not have saved the movie it was intended for, but ask anyone about this song and they’ll tell you they know it from one of the greatest romance movies of all-time, “Happy Gilmore.” (Still kidding).

The Beach Boys — “Wouldn’t It Be Nice”: If there’s such a thing as a perfect song, this would be in contention for the title. At the time it was released, it was unlike anything anyone had ever heard in rock and roll, especially from The Beach Boys. To this day, I can’t think of anything else that compares to it. The song’s intro featuring a detuned 12-string guitar lulls you into a dream-like state, and maybe that’s what Brian Wilson was going for by capturing the spirit of high-school sweethearts daydreaming of what their future could be like. If you plan on singing this at a wedding, warm up beforehand and make sure you have the right key. Just some advice based on an unfortunate personal experience.

The Beatles — “Something”: Frank Sinatra called this “the greatest love song of the past 50 years,” so who’s going to argue with Ol’ Blue Eyes? He also attributed it to Lennon-McCartney, so what does he know? George Harrison finally arrived as a songwriter with “Something,” penning a deeper, sweeter, sincerer song than anything else in The Fab Four’s catalogue. Again, what good is a ballad if not rounded out by a tremendous orchestral arrangement? Lyrically, the song is flawless. While you may be used to tales of unrequited love, this is a straightforward and sentimental ballad. “They love me, and I don’t know if my love could be any greater.” There’s not much more you could ask of a love song.

Logan Piekema is your silky-smooth drive home host weekdays from 2-7 pm on 102.1 FM and cjcyfm.com

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