Music and Love

By, Elizabeth Jarrard

Love. Amore. Έρωτας (Erotas). (Shaghaf) شغف . Kama काम . 恋 (Koi). It lights up our brains like a thousand million pin pricks of pink light. Love is the central theme of the most compelling plays, sonnets, requiems, operas, ballets—and more recently, electronic music. Whether you’ve got bae wrapped around your finger this month, or you’re frantically swiping right on every dating app profile just to avoid the anxiety of being alone on Valentine’s Day, we know this month is important to you. Try and pretend it isn’t today, but once February 14th rolls around, you’ll be performing some kind of ritual to either stroke your ego or soothe your anxiety. We know how you be.

How does music play a role in your romantic rituals? Do you have a break-up playlist to cushion the blow if bae decides to dump you before the big day? You probably should create one if you haven’t.

While it may be bad advice to suggest you listen to songs that seethe with the bitterness of your current romantic situation, it’s sure to make you feel better to listen to songs that remind you that you’re better off alone on Valentine’s Day, anyway. Best breakup songs of all time?

Photo: Laula & Co  @laulaandco

Photo: Laula & Co @laulaandco

We’ve got our favorites:

  • No Scrubs by TLC - album ‘Fanmail’

  • Cry Me a River by Justin Timberlake - album ‘Justified’

  • No More Drama by Mary J. Blige - album ‘No More Drama’

  • Tears Dry on Their Own by Amy Winehouse - album ‘Back to Black

  • Forget You by CeeLo Green - album ‘The Lady Killer’

If you are planning a romantic evening for your SO on February 14th, count your lucky heart-shaped stars. If you haven’t been planning your special evening, this is your reminder. Music, like love, gives our brain all the feels and can increase sensations of elation—deepening the ritualistic romantic experience. Such is the power of music. Don’t forget the long stems on your dozen red roses of course, but don’t you dare forget the music. What are your favorite love songs of all time? Want some suggestions? Here are ours from a list of the most popular love songs of all time:

  • Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You by Lauryn Hill - album ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

  • Unchained Melody by The Righteous Brothers - album ‘Just Once in My Life’

  • The Power of Love by Céline Dion - album ‘The Color of My Love.’

  • I Want to Know What Love Is by Foreigner - album ‘Agent Provocateur’

  • Take My Breath Away by Berlin - love theme from the movie, ‘Top Gun.’  

We also wanted to introduce you to a Pindify Provider who has crafty maneuverability on the guitar, the artist, “Markus Nilsson.” Check out this interview with Markus. He shares his love for music, how he fell in love with composing, playing guitar, and how he gets his inspiration. His advice? “Find your inner love.” His tender guitar tunes are sure to give you goosebumps. And enjoy the ride this month. Whatever state your heart is in.

Elizabeth Jarrard