Romance in the Arts

                          Favorite romantic movies / books / songs
                                                         
By Jeff Salter 

            Not quite sure what to write about during this week of Valentine’s Day, I looked up my blog from this time last year: 

https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/valentine%e2%80%99s-day-in-retrospect/

 That was me recalling (among other things) my most notable childhood crush. 

            Our actual topic is “Favorite romantic movies / books / songs.”
            Well, I covered my favorite romantic movies in one of my very first blogs here at Four Foxes One Hound:  they are “Love Story”, “Romeo & Juliet”, and “Dr. Zhivago”.  For a bit about my reasons, please read that column: 

https://fourfoxesonehound.wordpress.com/2011/02/10/movies-that-got-to-me-or-still-do/

             Right now, my favorite romantic novels are – quite immodestly – my own manuscripts [HA!]… and our analysis will have to wait until after they’re published.
            That leaves my favorite romantic songs, which is also the portion of our topic which Founding Fox Jillian and Cajun Fox Danica have covered earlier this week. 

Favorite romantic songs
            Besides the theme songs from the three movies I mentioned above, here are several which (in no particular order) tug at my heart-strings:
            * Bridge over Troubled Water (Simon & Garfunkel)
            * Leaving on a Jet Plane (Peter, Paul, & Mary)
            * Love is Blue (Paul Murat)
            * This Guy’s In Love With You (Herb Alpert)
            * several songs by the Beatles
            * 3 or 4 songs by Neil Diamond
            * 2 or 3 songs from their Greatest Hits album (Bee Gees)
            * 2 or 3 songs by Abba
            * 2 or 3 songs by the Righteous Brothers
            * 2 or 3 songs by Billy Joel
            * 1 or 2 songs by Shania Twain
I’m sorry I can’t recall some of the specific titles by the groups (or individuals) above, but just knowing their names will tell you what kind of music sends me.
            There are more artists I can’t even think of at the moment, but when I hear their songs, my heart listens intently. 

Question:
            Who are your favorite artists for romantic songs?
            Which song(s) would top your list?

About Jeff Salter

Currently writing romantic comedy, screwball comedy, and romantic suspense. Fourteen completed novels and four completed novellas. Working with three royalty publishers: Clean Reads, Dingbat Publishing, & TouchPoint Press/Romance. "Cowboy Out of Time" -- Apr. 2019 /// "Double Down Trouble" -- June 2018 /// "Not Easy Being Android" -- Feb. 2018 /// "Size Matters" -- Oct. 2016 /// "The Duchess of Earl" -- Jul. 2016 /// "Stuck on Cloud Eight" -- Nov. 2015 /// "Pleased to Meet Me" (novella) -- Oct. 2015 /// "One Simple Favor" (novella) -- May 2015 /// "The Ghostess & MISTER Muir" -- Oct. 2014 /// "Scratching the Seven-Month Itch" -- Sept. 2014 /// "Hid Wounded Reb" -- Aug. 2014 /// "Don't Bet On It" (novella) -- April 2014 /// "Curing the Uncommon Man-Cold -- Dec. 2013 /// "Echo Taps" (novella) -- June 2013 /// "Called To Arms Again" -- (a tribute to the greatest generation) -- May 2013 /// "Rescued By That New Guy in Town" -- Oct. 2012 /// "The Overnighter's Secrets" -- May 2012 /// Co-authored two non-fiction books about librarianship (with a royalty publisher), a chapter in another book, and an article in a specialty encyclopedia. Plus several library-related articles and reviews. Also published some 120 poems, about 150 bylined newspaper articles, and some 100 bylined photos. Worked about 30 years in librarianship. Formerly newspaper editor and photo-journalist. Decorated veteran of U.S. Air Force (including a remote ‘tour’ of duty in the Arctic … at Thule AB in N.W. Greenland). Married; father of two; grandfather of six.
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23 Responses to Romance in the Arts

  1. Laurie Ryan says:

    Can you hear the drums, Fernando? I LOVE ABBA. 🙂 There’s quite a few here on my top romance playlist, also. As well, I’d add some songs by Josh Groban. 🙂

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Yes, Laurie, Fernando is one of my favorites of Abba’s hits. It’s an odd song in many ways, but the tearful edge in the voice of Agnetha (?) really gets to me. Their costumes were over-the-top garish, but their music was mostly outstanding.
      Not familiar with Josh Groban, but perhaps I’d recognize something if you’d hum a few bars.

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  2. Tonya Kappes says:

    Gosh, there are so many. BUT Coldplay is my go-to band with me and the DH. Anything by them is amazing.

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    • jeff7salter says:

      LOL, Tonya. I’ve seen several references to “coldplay” and assumed it was a musical service which provided tunes … like satellite radio. So this is really a group? Who’s in it?

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  3. Great list! These come to mind off the top of my head:

    I Want To Know What Love Is – Foreigner
    Waiting for a Girl Like You – Foreigner
    Faithfully – Journey
    Breathe – Faith Hill
    Love Song – Taylor Swift
    Lots of new ones out there, but I can’t remember them. Darn that short term memory. LOL I’m getting old!
    Love Josh Groban too!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Melissa, my memory is shot also. But I recognize at least one of your titles and several of your artists. I just can’t put a tune to those titles.

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  4. Chris Bailey says:

    It’s hard to get past that Jimmy Buffett classic, “Why Don’t We Get Drunk. . . .”

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Ha. Yeah … that’s classic down-to-the-bone ROMANCE. LOL
      The Beatles had a song entitled, “Why don’t we do it in the road?”
      Not only are the lyrics in-your-race, but the melody and instrumentation is awful.
      Of course, looking at a list of top-selling “romantic” songs in the U.S., I was shocked at many of the titles I saw.

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  5. jbrayweber says:

    A few in no order.
    Because You Loved Me – Celine Dion
    My Heart Will Go on – Celine Dion
    Everything I Do – Bryan Adams
    I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing – Aerosmith
    I Fall to Pieces – Patsy Cline

    Foreigner, Journey, Eagles, Elivs, and Bon Jovi have great love songs. And since I’m a rock n roll chick, I love all the rock ballads, too. Too many to list!

    Jenn!

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Jenn, I love that song (among others) by Patsy Cline. She had a beautiful voice, with such a range.
      I can take Celine Dion or leave her, but (in my opinion) she got over-exposed around the time of the Titanic movie and I prob. just got sick of her.
      Eagles — yes. They had some great stuff.

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  6. Susan Muller says:

    Elton John once sang about Nakita with eyes of ice and fire, on the other side of the wire. “If there ever comes a time when guns and gates no longer hold you in, look toward the west and find a friend.”

    That wall has been down for many years now. Wonder if she ever crossed over?

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I’m not familiar with that song, Susan, but it sounds like one I should look up.
      I like several of Elton John’s musical hits.
      Never cared for his costumes, but … whatever.
      Thanks for visiting again today.

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  7. Micki Gibson says:

    Ah, sappy love songs. One would think my own wedding song would be the first to pop in my mind, but no, “A Whole New World” from Aladdin spoke more to our situation at the time rather than something like “Endless Love.” (Also not my favorite. Okay, but not a fave.) I do have a weakness for some of those Disney tunes though with “When You Wish Upon a Star.” I cry every flipping time. (*Grabs a tissue…again!) I also dig Elton John’s “Your Song” which was my sister’s wedding song. Someone else mentioned the Aerosmith song. Excellent choice. But I have to mention my favorite Bon Jovi song, “Living on a Prayer,” which is about sticking together through the tough times. (Now there are dogs howling in pain five miles away from my attempt to sing. “Take my hand…we’ll make it, I swear….Whoooooaaa – oh! Living on a prayer!”)

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    • jeff7salter says:

      So … dogs howl when you sing, Micki?
      When our terrier Belle will NOT otherwise come (as we’re calling her), my wife will launch into her rendition of “The hills are alive with the sound of music” … and Belle comes running.
      We haven’t figured out exactly why, but it’s nevertheless entertaining to witness.

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  8. Great post, Jeff.
    I like your artist/song choices. We listened to ABBA non-stop in my mom’s car.
    My very first album was The Carpenters. Rainy Days and Mondays still kinda get me down.
    I also loved anything by Olivia Newton-John and Jim Croce.
    Kimberley

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    • jeff7salter says:

      Thanks, Kimberley.
      Yes … the Carpenters. Karen C. had a beautiful voice and could hit such wonderfully warm low notes.
      I also like some of Olivia’s and Jim’s.
      We should put together a ‘party tape’ … or is that a term which even exists any more?

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  9. Lionel Ritchie’s love songs always get to me, and I hate to sound cliche but I really do love “I Will Always Love You,” by the late great Whitney.

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  10. Lindsay says:

    Just about every Faith Hill/ Tim McGraw duet but especially Let’s Make Love
    Love Story-Taylor Swift
    Luke Bryan has several in particular-I don’t want the night to end
    Yes several Shania Twain songs
    There are more but I just can’t think of them at the moment

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    • jeff7salter says:

      I think it’s cool when married performers really seem to love each other … and sing together.
      Not familiar with Luke Bryan.
      Shania T. is a gifted songwriter as well as great performer. and she’s CUTE.
      Thanks for visiting again, Lindsay.

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  11. Great list Jeff. I like most of your choices and I’d sure like to read one of your favorite romance stories by you. I’m sure they are super!

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