Sunday, February 13, 2011

A Special Soundtrack to Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!   
Elvis & co.

We here at Hippie Espionage believe that music is the ultimate medium to express powerful feelings - like love!  Here are a few of my favorites that didn't make the list last year.

Jerry Garcia's Standing on the Moon says something deeper than any Beatles song could muster; touching lyrics bring us to a place of tender devotion.  I can't get enough of the version I found on a Rex Foundation CD this summer.  The saxaphone really does something special.

If we're on the topic of Jerry songs, we can't neglect to mention Shining Star.  When I listen to the JGB versions, I feel like I get to hear a little bit of Jerry's soul... which is nice.

Maybe I didn't mean to diss the Beatles earlier.  Maybe they deserve some recognition for the dozens and dozens of love songs that didn't make the list.  (Maybe I should include one?)  Maybe I'm Amazed was written by Paul McCartney at the cusp of the Beatles' breakup in 1969.

McCartney's tune Silly Love Songs, is featured on a clever medley on the soundtrack to the 2001 movie Moulin Rouge (do we sometimes forget I'm a teenage girl?).  Not only is it performed well by the actors, but the segues are actually kind of ingenious.

Flower children Delaney & Bonnie & Friends tie things up with the cheerful and sweet tune Never Ending Love.  Joyful, joyful, we adore thee.

Whether your relationship is FBO, happily under wraps, or entirely nonexistent (it happens), Valentine's Day is about the celebration of love.  So get listening!

Have a great day (and eat lots of chocolates!)


  1. I love "Maybe I'm Amazed," but McCartney did it on his own - not with Wings - on an album released in '69/70 (aptly called "McCartney"). I believe that Wings was formed a few years later.

  2. Thanks for the correction, anon!

  3. Elizabeth, you are awesome. Keep up the good work girlie!!


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