Well, Valentine’s Day is upon us once again.
Yes, it is that time of year where cupid is very busy and everyone is trying to figure out the perfect way to express your love for that someone special from a new crush to a spouse of many years. Now there was a time when I would have said that the perfect date would have been to have my boyfriend walk me in to CVS and say “it’s on me, babe.” But times have changed. And with shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette, the very thought of a “date” has had the “date-bar” raised to astronomical heights. So what do us mere mortals do to prove our love, especially on Valentine’s Day? The answer is to have a theme. A theme song, that is, that you can play on your portable speaker when the moment is just right. Be sure to have it cued up on your phone and BAM, you say, “this is your present, I always think of you when I hear this.” And why is this really great? Because it truly is the gift-that-keeps-on-giving. You can play it a couple of times on Valentine’s Day if you want to, but from then on, whenever you hear any version of that song; you’ll get that lovin’ feeling.
So how do you pick the perfect song? It has to be that song that somehow tells the story of you, your relationship, and what you really like about that person. It doesn’t have to be romantic; it can be funny. Just pick a ridiculous moment when you connected. For me it was when we learned that in the Venn-diagram of music, my soon to be husband (classic rock) and I (Indy rock) only crossed circles with ACDC, which ultimately led to “You Shook Me All Night Long”, becoming our wedding song…seriously. We did have a first dance to “Come Rain or Come Shine” …you know, for the parents. This happens to be a beautiful jazzy version from Nora Jones with Wynton Marselis, and as a “gift-song”, is a pretty good option. But truth being stranger than fiction, ACDC is ultimately “our” song. I have in the past gone the romantic route and one year gave him “Lullaby” by the Dixie Chicks. Check it out if you don’t know it already, it is so sweet…like emotional candy. I just said, “I want you to know that I think of you whenever I hear this song, Happy Valentine’s Day.”
It can be a really sweet moment where you just pick the right time and ask, “Do you want your gift now?” Then you play the song. It’s like pointing to the sky and giving a star. Everyone can own the same one, but we all think it’s ours.