Falling in Love Songs


 

Photo of hearts.This might be a backwards way of going about it, but when thinking about love songs I remember what Claudia Rankine wrote in Don’t Let Me Be Lonely:

“Define loneliness.
Yes.
It’s what we can’t do for each other.”

A Certain Combination

These are songs that balance love (and the need it answers) with everything from self-deprecative wit to arresting vulnerability. Maybe in one of them you’ll find something that plunges you into the distracting immediacy—the promise—of falling in love.

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SMCL Radio Vol. 10 - Carine - Falling In Love Songs

  1. The Magnetic Fields “The Luckiest Guy on the Lower East Side
  2. Nick Cave “I’m Your Man
  3. Flaming Lips “Suddenly Everything Has Changed
  4. Band of Horses “ I Go To The Barn Because I Like The
  5. Cat Power “Metal Heart
  6. Arcade Fire “Ocean of Noise
  7. Elvis Costello and the Attractions “I Want You
  8. Manu Chao “A Cosa
  9. Blonde Redhead “The Dress
  10. Leonard Cohen “A Thousand Kisses Deep
  11. M. Ward “Let’s Dance
     

And if all this leaves you wanting--spend some time with the live version of Leonard intoning "A Thousand Kisses Deep", the poem that inspired the song . . . and then easing into "I'm Your Man".

 

Author Bio:

Carine Risley is celebrating what we can do for one another.


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