The Valentine’s Day Playlist

I can’t believe its February the 3rd already. Valentine’s Day is coming up, as you know. I’m not sure how you are feeling about it, but I wanted to share my thoughts, just to be open and honest. I don’t want our age difference to be weird, so I though maybe we could just stay home instead. With me being so much older than you, people might stare. I don’t want it to be uncomfortable for you. So instead, how about this. I’ll make a nice meal, have a glass or two of wine. There’d be no need to dress up, maybe just comfy clothes. I could certainly be happy in sweats and a t-shirt. We could even dance. I made a new playlist for the occasion.

You’re going to love this playlist. It’s some of the greatest slow dance songs in modern history, well at least in my opinion. Most of them, well actually all of them are before your time, but if you give them a chance, they’ll grow on you. Trust me, when I say it, those artists from the past really knew how to make music. The songs were soft, sensual, and you, as the listener, really got a feel for the lyrics. It was almost like the singer was speaking directly to you, and only you. It gives me goosebumps thinking about it.

Now, humor me and try not to laugh at my sappy sounding descriptions.

What am I thinking? I know you’d never laugh at me. That’s why we’re so good together. You get me. I get you. It’s kismet. But best of all, I find it so cool that you let me take the lead in our romantic life. Even some of the spontaneous things I come up with. You’re always so willing to try them, and I never go to sleep feeling alone or unsatisfied. But enough of the mushy stuff, I want to tell you about this playlist.

OK, I’ll run through it for you. It starts with an oldie, but a goodie: Air Supply from 1980, “I’m All Out of Love.” Graham Russell has such an amazing voice, and the lyrics are quite enchanting. The melody just rolls off his tongue and you really feel like he’s right there, in the room. After listening to it, several times I must admit, I found myself in an Air Supply, kind of mood, so I had to add, “Making Love out of Nothing at All,” as the second song.

Jim Steinman was the guy who wrote and composed that song. It was at number 2 on the top 40, for 3 weeks. Jim was an amazing songwriter and producer. It got me thinking about another song he wrote for Bonnie Tyler. You might have heard it, no, probably not. It’s called “Total Eclipse of the Heart.” It’s a beautiful ballad that compares the end of a relationship with an eclipse. Not that our relationship would ever come to an end or anything, but it is a great tune to slow dance to.

Did I ever tell you that Jim was the main songwriter for Meatloaf? Meatloaf, yeah, that guy was amazing on the stage. He had this one song called, “I’d Do Anything for Love, But I Won’t Do That.” It’s a great back and forth tune. I didn’t put it on my list, but maybe someday, if you have some downtime, take a listen to it.

The next song is from 1974, I think. Minnie Ripperton; man, oh man, did she have a voice. Her high notes were so sweet, you could almost call them baked goods. The tune is, “Loving You.” Interesting factoid, it wasn’t written as a romance song. Her and her husband composed it as a lullaby for their little girl, Maya. But it grew into something global, and eventually went to number 1 on the charts. She was a songbird, for sure.

Next, I threw in a couple rocking, 80s classics after that soft beginning. There’s REO Speedwagon’s, “Keep on Loving You,” Journey’s “Faithfully,” and of course, the legendary Whitney Houston. “The Greatest Love of All,” wasn’t her original song, but Whitney Houston made it a global phenomenon when she covered it in 1985. It was number one across the world, or at least it felt that way. Sad that she had to leave the world so soon. She really was one of the best voices known to the music industry, ever.

Will you listen to me, yammering on and on about a playlist, and you just sitting there quietly listening, like you always do. That’s one of the things I really love about you. You are content just listening to me, maybe humming occasionally, but never feeling the need to interrupt or comment. You never even break eye contact.

I went out with this one girl I met on an online chat site; what was it, maybe 3 years ago. We went to eat at the Cheesecake Factory. From the beginning, I knew it wouldn’t work out. She kept interrupting me, wanting to tell me about her job as a hair or nail, something or other. I didn’t care, probably no one would care. And as you can guess, it went from bad to worse. We decided to call it an early night, When I asked for her half of the check, she stormed out of the place, stiffing me for the whole bill. She had those crispy crab bites for an appetizer, a filet mignon, sweet potato fries, and two, yes, two mojitos. Lucky for me she skipped desert. It was definitely a one and done.

I had low expectations going into it, but wow, it was a terrible experience. She was nothing like you. You never demand anything from me, and I love you for it. That’s probably why I spend all my free time with you. I know there’s nothing fake about you. You’re not like other girls and I’m lucky to have found you.

So where was I, yes, the playlist. So, after the upbeat tunes, I went back to some older songs. Now these are way before your time, but I think once you hear them, you’ll be hooked. There’s this cool song by the Carpenters called “We Have Only Just Begun.” It’s super relaxing and mellow. You know most people don’t know that it was originally a type of commercial for the Crocker National Bank. You can see it right? A young couple just starting out in life, and all.

Next is a vintage song by the Hollies. “All I Need is the Air That I Breathe,” starts out with this guitar riff that sounds like a hard rock song, but then quickly slides into a ballad, filled with beautiful imagery. Once I was lost in that swirling vision of ballads, I had to add Eric Clapton’s, “Wonderful Tonight,” to the playlist. Now that song is amazing. He wrote it for Patty Boyd, who interestingly enough was the former wife of George Harrison.

I listened to some Beatles music after that but couldn’t find just the right song to round out my playlist, so I just skipped them all. As I was deep in thought, I started going through the different genres of music. I realized that I completely skipped over disco. My brain started humming and lo and behold, I remembered the classic Bee Gee’s song, “How Deep is Your Love.” I added it without another thought.

The playlist was getting pretty long at that point, so I decided, one more song and that would be it. It had to be a doozy of course, for the finale, so to speak. I thought long and hard about it for maybe an hour. I didn’t want to be cliché, but I did want it to really say something. I guess, kind of like a song we could call, our song. You know, one that really shows the real you and me. I accept you for exactly what you are, and you just seem to get me like no one else ever has.

You never complain about anything. You’re always there for me, at any time, whether day or night. So, I chose this Billy Joel song, “Just the Way You Are.” It really speaks to me. “Don’t go changing, to try and please me, you never let me down before.” Those first few lines give me shivers whenever I hear them. You know I feel the same way too. I wouldn’t want you to change in any way, and I accept you completely, exactly the way you are. We’re such a good match.

So, what do you think? We spend Valentine’s Day here at my place. My mom will be at bingo, so we can be free to do anything I come up with. I’ll put the playlist on and we can dance. Darling? What do you think?

Nothing to say, my love?



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Author’s Notes

I hope you enjoyed this short story. It was both fun and funny to write.

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

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