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Valentine Community Radio, February 13, 2011

Will you be my valentine? I'll be yours.

Love. What is love? As John Lennon explains, love is many things, but I might venture that the love celebrated on Valentine's Day is of the hormonal variety ... though maybe not (you already know I have mixed feelings about everything, and that includes love). We all know how to make a whore moan .... strike that, a hormone. How Valentines day became a celebration of love and an occasion for roses and chocolate, I'll never quite understand. I thought Saint Valentine was a Christian martyr who was beheaded because of his faith. So today we did an on the one hand, on the other hand type of thing, with sincere celebrations of love on one side, and wry critiques of the madness that is love on the other.

As an example of the former, I might invoke Cole Porter:

Even without you
my arms fold about you.

So, taunt and hurt me.
Deceive me, desert me.
I'm yours 'til I die,
so in love with you am I.

I think he was brushing up on his Shakespeare when he wrote that. Or how about "Let There Be Love"?

Let there be you,
Let there be me.
Let there be oysters
Under the sea.
Let there be wind,
An occassional rain.
Chile con carne,
Sparkling champagne --
Let there be birds
To sing in the trees,
Someone to bless me
Whenever I sneeze.

OK, on with the latter. How about the Drifters' Fools Fall in Love:

Just play them two bars of 'Stardust'
Just hang out one silly moon.
They've got their love torches burning
When they should be playing it cool.

Better yet, "Down with Love:"

Down with love
the flowers and rice and shoes
Down with love
the root of all midnight blues
(...)
Take that moon
and wrap it in cellophane.

Or that old chestnut, "I'll Never Fall in Love Again."

What do you get when you fall in love
with a girl with a pin to burst your bubble
that's what you get for all your trouble
I'll never fall in love again.

Even though it was mostly love, I did a little interlude, a little tip of the hat to the Egyptians: Bob Marley's "Get Up, Stand Up," and then Cleopatra and Hakim doing "Walk Like an Egyptian."

Two versions of "My Funny Valentine," Tom Waits' "Blue Valentine," and a whole lot of etc.

Catamount Community Radio, on Power 90.5, Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST). Be somebody. Tune in.

1. Ben Webster – My Funny Valentine
2. Neil Young – Razor Love
3. Gene Ammons – There is No Greater Love
4. Barbara Acklin – Love Makes a Woman
5. The Meadowlarks – Please Love a Fool
6. Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man (demo)
7. David Allyn – Down With Love
8. k.d. lang – So in Love
9. Dionne Warwick – I’ll Never Fall in Love Again
10. Bob Marley – Get Up, Stand Up
11. Cleopatra & Hakim – Walk Like an Egyptian
12. Robert Penn Warren – Love Recognized
13. Dave Douglas – Wives and Lovers
14. Tom Waits – Blue Valentines
15. The Miracles – Love Machine
16. Betty Carter – Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love
17. Mickey & Sylvia – Love is Strange
18. Bill Evans & Jim Hall – My Funny Valentine
19. The Drifters – Fools Fall in Love
20. Django Reinhardt – I’ll See You in my Dreams
21. Louis Armstrong – Loveless Love
22. John Lennon – Love
23. Silje Nergaard – Let There Be Love
24. Ernst Reijseger & Franco D’Andrea – I Love You so Much it Hurts
25. Ballin’ the Jack – L’esprit Django
26. Walter Smith III – Duke Ellington’s Sound of Love
27. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – The Look of Love
28. Spike Jones – You Always Hurt the One You Love
29. Madeleine Peyroux – You’re Gonna Make Me Lonely When You Go
30. Sir Douglas Quintet – Be Real
31. Sonny Rollins – You Don’t Know What Love Is (fragment)
32. Joe Henderson – Lazy Afternoon


David Allyn


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