A Romantic Playlist to Keep You Going

Everyone’s got that one romantic song that reminds them of an individual, memory, or deep sentiment buried within their heart.

Instead of offering my opinion for this topic, I decided to ask my various followers on Instagram to include their romantic song of choice, as well as their reason for enjoying it so much.

I’ve combined the song choices into a playlist for romantics out there who are search of more music options. For the purposes of this playlist, I decided to only share the first names of those who participated in this survey.

Route Around” by Rebelution

  • “It encompasses the longing and need of being with your partner, even if it’s at long distance,” – Kathy

I Will” by The Beatles

  • “My mom used to sing it to me when I was little. It always made me feel loved and safe,” – Isabel

Love is Alive (feat. Elohim)” by Louis the Child

  • “This is the song I made out with my boyfriend to at LED USA,” – Megan

See You Again (feat. Kali Uchis)” by Tyler, the Creator

  • “The vibes in this song make me remember sitting in my car and hearing it with the right person. Plus the lyrics, ‘I can only see your face when I close my eyes’ are enough,” – Anonymous

Eden Echo” by Kamelot

  • “A good song that really makes you feel,” – Andrea

Hooked on a Feeling” by Blue Swede

  • “Besides the fact that it’s in the movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, my wife loves the song as much as I do,” – Mario

Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” by Lauryn Hill/Frankie Valli

  • “This is the kind of song you publicly embarrass your significant other with,” – Christian

Valentine” by Atlas

  • “It reminds me of something I’d write or do for someone I love,” – Jovince

Eight Days a Week” by The Beatles

  • “Because it brings me absolute joy and comfort knowing I’ve been through a lot,” – Johnny

Sunrise” from In The Heights Broadway

  • “Both the score and Broadway musical are great. Lin Manuel Miranda is an amazing composer who created such a great song,” – Kevin

Birthday Sex” by Jeremih

  • “I think you know why,” – Anonymous

I Do (Cherish You)” by 98 Degrees

  • “It really gives me that romantic vibe,” – Jem

Trouble I’m In” by Twinbed

  • “Honestly, just listen to it and you’ll see,” – Marla

Junk of the Heart” by The Kooks

  • While Vicente didn’t respond much about it, this entails that this song choice doesn’t need an explanation as to why this fits so perfectly as a love song.

Little Bit” by Lykke Li

  • “You should definitely listen to it, it’s my favorite song right now,” – Claire

If I Could Tell Her” from the Dear Evan Hansen Broadway Cast

  • “I can relate to it personally. When I have a crush on someone, I always notice the little things. But I have trouble being the one to confess. Plus, the way he translates that into this song is how I feel,” – Kevin

Baby (feat. Marina & Luis Fonsi)” by Clean Bandit

  • “The story in the lyrics is really a twist, but it does make you think of someone no matter who is listening to it,” Anonymous

Thank you to those who have shared their favorite songs with me so that I could share this with others. I’m certain that there is a hopeless romantic out there who can agree that these song choices are excellent.

If these songs don’t make you remember a specific memory or individual, then I’m certain there is a song out there for you that you haven’t discovered yet.

Written by: Sofia Gomez

With Adventurous Ears and an Open Mind…

*In this article, hover over a song or album title to find a link for listening. *

When I was younger, I used to hear music as one big wall of noise.  I never paid any specific attention to (for example) the unique drumming in Beatles songs, the amazing bass lines from early Elvis Presley hits, or the great guitar licks of Chuck Berry tunes like Johnny B. Goode.

Chuck Berry

Also, I couldn’t be moved by the intimate harmonies of The Beach Boys or the ecstatic hiccups of Little Richard, not really, because all instrumentation in a piece was to be listened to and experienced as part of a coherent whole.

One day, a familiar Talking Heads song came on the radio: Once in a Lifetime (from 1980’s Remain in Light; linked to a video featuring clips from The Man Who Fell From Earth, since the original has been blocked on Youtube).

The first verse gave way to the chorus:

Letting the days go by

Let the water hold me down

Letting the days go by

Water flowing underground

Into the blue again

After the money’s gone

Once in a lifetime…

And suddenly, the music dipped, and rolled.  I became aware of the guitar playing swimming underneath the surface of David Byrne’s vocals, which revealed the layers of sound in the song: Chris Frantz’s cymbals crashing like waves; the volcanic rumbles of Tina Weymouth’s bass; Jerry Harrison’s synthesizers transmitting messages from a sentient cluster of stars in another galaxy.  All these elements worked together to create a groove that forced its way past your bones and latched onto your soul, daring you not to move or sing along.  For me, Once in a Lifetime gave music new dimensions.  Now I listen to an artist’s catalog with a more eager ear and a deeper appreciation for the ideas and elements used in a song, as well as the way they all come together – or don’t – in a piece of music. Listen to the scattered bass line, the rhythm changes in the middle, the way the orchestral crescendo to that definitive final chord that fades out at the end of A Day in the Life by The Beatles.

The cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band features approximately 60 people. How many can you identify?

As the host of 20th Century Fox on KCR College Radio, my primary goal was to play tunes worthy of a wider audience.  My playlists were a combination of mainstream hits, deep cuts, B-sides, dustbins, undergrounds, bloopers, interviews – anything that I could get my hands on to provide an interesting and eclectic mix of sounds, and ultimately, a listening experience that was both enjoyable and comprehensive.  This meant that although the same song would rarely be played on the program twice, the artist behind it might take over next week’s entire setlist.  A song from the Pulp Fiction soundtrack might spark a show inspired by the relationship between music and cinema.  An examination of Pink Floyd’s early work could lead to playing Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety.  If the stars aligned, a listener could discover new songs to like and re-discover old ones, something that would inspire him or her to take his or her own musical journey.

The Perfect Prescription is a record that manages to achieve mystery and heartbreak through an ambiguous portrayal of its subject matter, and sheer sonic beauty.

Check out Spacemen 3’s Ecstasy Symphony/Transparent Radiation (Flashback)  from 1987’s The Perfect Prescription, and Madonna’s Holiday off of her 1983 self-titled debut.

Listen closely, and a popular or favorite song may breathe with new life and dimension. Can you hear Holiday‘s bass line slithering beneath the vocals and synthesizers?

Thanks to the music I had to work with and the artists who made it, the possibilities for the show were nearly endless.  I hope to continue exploring them with this blog.  Topics to be covered in the near future include an explosion of great music during specific years, historical events and their impact on the music industry, and a photo series inspired by notable and notorious concerts during the latter half of the 20th century. I’d love to hear any questions, concerns, or comments from you about this blog to make it a more worthwhile read.  Leave a comment below or feel free to email me at Dana0484@gmail.com.

Next time on The Temporal Lobe: The best in New Wave, Punk, and pure rock and roll, all from 1981.

This week’s find:

From the Hip by Section 25.  Though made in 1984, this album sounds like it could have been released last week, thanks to the advent of today’s tunes inspired by music from the 1980s.  Check out the entire album on Grooveshark before they change their terms of service.