40 Years of Memories: The Art of the Love Song

Seven in the evening was a special time for me growing up. It was that time when I tuned into a local station and listened to love songs. I didn’t date much in school and I had one girlfriend throughout high school and college. Still, I loved listening to love songs. The poetry, the music, the message of true love.

I still love listening to these songs even after getting married. And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, I’m counting down my favorite love songs throughout the years.

  1. “If You’re Not the One,” Daniel Bedingfield. It was the song of my first dance with Colleen as a married couple. Of course, this is number one on my list. From start to finish, Daniel pulls no punches in delivering his message of destiny and true love.
  2. “Kiss From a Rose,” Seal. This is one of most popular love songs in the 90’s. Stations played this a lot. And understandably so. I remember missing out on a slow dance to this song during Homecoming. I was so bummed.
  3. “And I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston. Arguably, her greatest hit. An instant classic. The title track to “The Bodyguard” soundtrack, Houston proves she can hit those notes like no one else. I think everyone has danced to this song at some point in their lives. I know I wanted that opportunity.
  4. “One Sweet Day,” Mariah Carey with Boyz II Men. A duet that seemed destined to happen. I remember watching the music video and being mesmerized by its harmony and the power to tug at your heartstrings.
  5. “Girlfriend,” *NSYNC Another song with personal significance. I sung this song on Karaoke Night to my wife, who I was asking to be my girlfriend at the time. The song is more of a pop ballad, but it delivers the message of going to whatever measures necessary to find your special someone.
  6. “Everything I Do (I’d Do It For You),” Bryan Adams. I’m torn between the original and Brandy’s rendition. In this case, I go for Adams’ version because it’s the title track to one of my favorite 90’s movies, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” This is a quintessential ballad, with the theme of doing whatever it takes for the one you love.
  7. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” Elton John. “The Lion King,” best Disney movie ever, in my opinion. And anything Elton John touches is pure magic. It’s a ballad that maintains the somber mood of the movie’s jungle motif.
  8. “These Words,” Natasha Bedingfield. Another pop ballad. This speaks to me, being a writer. After marrying my wife, I got out of habit of writing love notes. This inspires to pick it back up. And it’s a happy tune.
  9. “Right Here Waiting,” Monica feat. 112. Richard Marx’s version is a classic, but this one instance where I like the cover version better. I love the R&B stylings of this duet that gives this classic its own flavor.
  10. “Why Don’t You and I,” Santana feat. Alex Band (Alternate Version). This song played when I walked down the aisle with my wife. Until recently, I didn’t realize Chad Kroeger of Nickelback sung the original version. But this version was the one mostly played on the radio, so I’m going with this one.
  11. “All My Life,” K-Ci & JoJo (Honorable Mention). I once said to a friend of mine that if I was going to ask someone to be my girlfriend, this would be the song I’d sing. This duo had some great songs in the late 90’s/early 2000’s and this was a song I actually tried to memorize the lyrics from beginning to end. And for a while, I actually could.

So those are my favorite love songs. While they’re not as common now, it is comforting to know that it hasn’t completely gone out of style.

What about you? What are your favorite love songs? Are there any I should take notice? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, Happy Valentine’s Day and may your love blossom…


Waiting for Juliet

I haven’t posted a story onto this blog in a long time. Seeing how Valentine’s Day is this week, I have a couple of posts in mind, including a “40 Years of Memories” entry.

Photo courtesy of Flash Fiction Hive (@FlashFicHive on Twitter

Anyway, today’s story was inspired by a prompt from the Flash Fiction Hive’s Twitter page. Continue reading “Waiting for Juliet”

Spread Your Wings: An IWSG Post

Good day, everyone!

Sometimes, it feels like forever until we come to the first Wednesday of the month. Sometimes, not so much. The former is true this month. Regardless, it’s time for my monthly Insecure Writer’s Support Group post. For those new to my blog, the IWSG is a community of writers dedicated to support and encourage fellow writers, no matter what stage of the process they’re in. Members share their triumphs as well as their struggles.

I would like to thank this month’s co-hosts: Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace. I encourage you to check out their sites, as well as check out the IWSG website for more information. Continue reading “Spread Your Wings: An IWSG Post”

40 Years of Memories: My Anniversary


Last week, I turned forty. It’s a big deal because it signals a new phase in life. It’s been a week but I don’t feel any different. Maybe because I haven’t really acknowledged that I am forty. Maybe it’s the euphoria similar to that new car smell. Regardless, most people usually take the time to reflect on their lives and plan out the next phase. Continue reading “40 Years of Memories: My Anniversary”

Hello, Forty!

Good day, my friends!

As you guessed, it’s finally here. My birthday. And at 9:30 pm, I will officially be forty. This is such an accomplishment. Turning forty is a big deal in itself. You start a new stage in life. Your mindset changes, too. Certainly all these things apply to me, but I add another important change. It marks a change in attitude. One that’s more grateful and appreciative than in my twenties, and even thirties. A change that applies to everything in my life. My family. My job. My writing. My faith. Everything is going to change. Enough of looking at life half-empty and feeling sorry for myself. It’s time I finally take charge of my destiny.

Everyone knows the saying about learning new tricks. I think that certainly applies to me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy with where I am, but there’s always room to improve. There are opportunities to make yourself better. And that is how I’m approaching this year and every year forward.

I’m discovering ways I can make my situations better. My mental health certainly comes to mind. For a long time, I depended on my wife and other members of my family to hold me accountable. It’s time I started holding myself accountable. That’s not to say I don’t require their assistance every once in a while. I need the occasional kick-in-the-rear. But I have to be my own advocate. I have to speak up for myself. I have to communicate my needs to my family as well as my team of professionals.

Taking care of myself also means allowing myself to have some fun. Give myself some grace and not hold myself, as well as others, to unreasonable standards. No one knows how much time we have left. So I’m going to make the most of it. Live for today. Enjoy the time I have with my family and friends. Get out of my own little bubble and explore what life has to offer.

Turning forty is a great thing. For nearly a year, I dreaded it. I dreaded all the negativity I assumed came with it. However, the closer it approached, the more I became appreciative and happy with beginning a new phase in my life. Shrug off the negative; embrace the positive; strive to be something more than your circumstance.

Oh, before I forget. I’m starting a new series to commemorate and celebrate the forty years I’ve enjoyed. A way to give myself a break from “writing” and to share more about my life. I’ve christened the series, “The 40-Year Favorites.” Each month, I will share my favorite things and moments that I have been blessed to experience. The first entry will be published in a week.

As my mom writes on my envelopes, “No peeking until then!”