Monday, February 14, 2011


Happy Valentine's Day, you little love birds! Although it’s a semi-manufactured holiday (or fully) and there is the whole “every day should be love day” argument - either way, it’s going to be around forever so you should just celebrate it. Who cares if it’s hokey, candy-filled and orchestrated – there’s nothing wrong with a special day in which people everywhere recognize and fulfill their obligation to romance. The fact of the matter is, in this pathetically busy and frenzied life, sometimes we forget that romance, chivalry and (as I’ve said before) the little things really make a difference. If you have someone you love in your life, tell them, or better yet show them today. Today can remind you what it feels like to do that if you don't do it enough. And, if you feel it in you every single day, start telling and showing them over and over again. Because then, if all goes to plan, they’ll give it right back - and love will continue to make the world go round.

It gets complicated as adults – thinking of how not to screw it up, thinking of whether or not you’re serious enough to celebrate it, and thinking of how not to hate it if you're single. Sometimes I wonder about the merit of this whole “holiday”, but then I choose to remember being a little kid. A day when you picked out a pack of cutely decorated cards and handed them out to all of your peers, little boys and little girls alike, to let them know you cared. Now, that's what it all comes down to, and that is just lovely.

Oh, and from a woman’s point of view, I can give you some advice. It really doesn’t matter what you buy or cook on this day. Just make it undeniable how much you love her with every word or every glance.  It’s as simple as that.

Here are some special tunes to tug on your heart strings today:

2. Skeletons (Acoustic) – Yeah Yeah Yeahs

9. All I Need - Mat Kearney

16. Song For You – Alexi Murdoch

19. Poison and Wine - The Civil Wars 

23. Reasons to Love You – Meiko

Breakfast at Tiffany's

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