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Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 12, 2024

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

As you know, Valentine’s Day is centered around the concept of love.  But what is love, exactly?  Is it a bouquet of roses?  A box of chocolates?  Candy hearts and greeting cards? 

While pondering the question, I realized that we don’t have to turn to ancient philosophers, neurochemistry researchers, or even the floral industry to find the answer.  All we have to do is remember the words of the best singers, songwriters, and bands of the past century, most of whom have told us precisely what love is. 

So, without further ado, here is an exhaustively researched, carefully compiled list of all the things that love is, at least according to some of our favorite singers and songwriters: 

          Love is…more than just a game for two.  (Nat King Cole)

          Love is…a battlefield.  (Pat Benatar)

          Love is…a long road.  (Tom Petty)

          Love is…like a burning arrow.  (Rod Stewart)

          Love is…a many-splendored thing.  (Andy Williams)

          Love is…a serious business.  (Aretha Franklin)

          Love is…a contact sport.  (Whitney Houston)

          Love is…like a four-leaf clover.  (Rod Stewart)

          Love is…a beautiful song.  (Dave Mills)

          Love isstrange.  (Buddy Holly)

          Love is…weird.  (Julia Michaels)

          Love is…on our side again.  (Julio Iglesias) 

          Love is…still the answer.  (Jason Mraz)

          Love is…all around.  (REM)

          Love is…coming home in time for tea.  (Queen) 

          Love is…strong.  (The Rolling Stones)

          Love is…bigger than anything in its way.  (U2)

          Love is…here to stay.  (George Gershwin, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong)

Okay, maybe that list doesn’t quite answer the question, “What is love?”  But it does show something interesting: There really isn’t any one single definition of love, is there?

Love means all sorts of things to all sorts of people.  It changes depending on the person next to us.  It changes as we change.  Sometimes love is fun and sometimes love is painful.  Sometimes love is easy and sometimes it’s hard.  Sometimes love is confusing, and sometimes it’s the only thing that makes any sense at all. 

There have been thousands of songs written about love, far more than the few I’ve listed here.  There is probably no topic covered more in song!  I think that’s because, as a former professional musician, I believe that only the most important things are truly worth singing about!

But despite all the lyrics and lines, even a thousand more years of music won’t be able to truly capture what love is really all about.  It’s too deep and too wide for that.  So, all we really need to know is that love is the one thing all humans want.  To love and be loved…in whatever way that works for us.  

And that, to me, is what makes Valentine’s Day so special.  It’s not about the rituals or the symbols.  It’s not about spending money on flowers, cards, chocolates, or fancy meals.  Valentine’s Day is a chance to celebrate love in all its forms.  To celebrate love in whatever way it means to us, with whatever song you choose playing in the background.   

So, whether love for you is a battlefield, a burning arrow, or a beautiful song, I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!   May you spend it doing what you love with the people you love.  Just remember that, in the end:


            Love is…all you need.  (The Beatles)  


Sincerely yours,