Wedding anniversary celebrations aren’t until later in the year, but since one has to plan ahead for those things, it’s consuming some mind-space now. One detail I’ve pondered is whether we can play our own music during dinner in the restaurant space we’ve rented. I’m guessing no, but if we could, I wouldn’t have to spend time creating the playlist.
Many years ago I made Jean a mixed CD sort of thing (back when one still did that sort of thing) of songs that reminded me of him / us. Since then I’ve continued to add to it when so inspired. (That being one of those things I do—maintain lists of stuff.)
Since it might not actually get played, I thought I would at least share it:
Anniversary playlist (Google music)
The list reflects different stages of our relationship.
In the beginning
Songs like Bob Geldof’s “Dazzled by You” and Alanis Morissette’s “Head over Feet” cover the wonder of new relationships. But I think the one that best captures our specific “I now see you in a different way” encounter at a dance bar is Madonna’s “Crazy for You”.
“We’re so close but still a world away / What I’m dying to say / Is that I’m crazy for you”
(Young love. It’s so wonderfully sappy.)
As for our first date, this is best summed up by a recent addition—“Satisfied” from Hamilton. It really captures that amazing rush when a conversation clicks so well.
“So so so— / So this is what it feels like to match wits / With someone at your level! … The feeling of freedom, of seein’ the light / It’s Ben Franklin with a key and a kite! You see it, right? … Ev’rything we said in total agreement, it’s / A dream and it’s a bit of a dance / A bit of a posture, it’s a bit of a stance. He’s a / Bit of a flirt, but I’m ‘a give it a chance”
(… Even though it didn’t actually work out for Alexander and Angelika. They’ll never be satisfied.)
Let’s not rush things
We were kind of young when we met. We dated for two years before moving in together, and another two before marrying. Carly Rae Jepsen’s “The One” definitely captures that “everything is fine, but don’t rush me” feeling of the earlier years.
“If you want to / You can stay the night / I don’t want to be the one, the one / It’s too much pressure”
We’re one, but we’re not the same
We are rather different personalities, and that required some adjustment, as expressed in, yes, U2’s “One” (though I think that might actually be about a relationship with God) as well Joe Jackson’s “Breaking Us in Two” and even Bruce Springsteen’s “Brilliant Disguise” (really a divorce song).
“You don’t do the things that I do / You want to do things I can’t do”
Secure in love
But there’s a lot more of these types of songs, among them “Automatic” by Prince, “Don’t Get Me Wrong” by The Pretenders, “You Make Loving Fun” by Fleetwood Mac, “As Sure as I Am” by Crowded House, “Je savoure ton amour” by Swing, and the beautiful “Lost Together” by Blue Rodeo.
“I want all the world to know / That your love’s all I need”
Which doesn’t mean it’s boring
Come to think of it, maybe “Automatic” by Prince belongs in this category, but Sade is truly the queen of the naughty but lovely love song.
Your Love Is King: “You’re making me dance… Inside”
It’s been a long time but it’s still great
“Still the One” by Shania Twain should be the ultimate of these songs, but it’s kind of ruined by knowing how her marriage to “Mutt” Lange actually ended up. Similar issue with Billy Joel’s “Just the Way You Are”, written for the wife he left he left for Christie Brinkley (and which didn’t even make the list).
But those Beatles guys were really into their wives. (The second wives, anyway, in most cases.) Paul McCartney wrote “Maybe I’m Amazed” about Linda. John Lennon has a bunch of great Yoko-inspired songs: “Woman”, “Grow Old with Me”, and my favourite, “Out the Blue”. And Sting, though he’s a bit intellectual about it, also has the lovely (and presumably Trudie-inspired) “Straight to My Heart”.
The actual ultimate of these, I think, is “You’re My Best Friend”, by Queen’s John Deacon, who to this day still with wife #1.
“You’re the best friend / That I ever had / I been with you such a long time / You’re my sunshine … You make me live”
The problem with this playlist is that a lot of the songs do make me uncomfortably emotional, none more so than “Everything” by Alanis Morissette.
“And you’re still here”. Jesus, it kills me every time.
Still, it’s not just as an emotional breather that songs like Tim Minchin’s “Confessions (in three parts”, the “Bones Theme” by Crystal Method, and Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest” are included as well. But I’ll leave you to ponder just why they’re included.
“I’ve been gone for a week / I’ve been drunk since I left”
March 1, 2017 at 7:54 pm
Oh, I loved this one! “Everything” affects me the same way–it was nearly the song we danced to at our wedding and then I realized how splotchy and unattractive I’d be for our first dance if the DJ played it. Also, I think you can comfortably include “Just the Way You Are” if you want. Joel’s first wife was a shark (she and her brother siphoned a lot of money off of him and they divorced long before Christie–he’s referred to Elizabeth and her brother as “the Borgias.” (I think he dated Elle MacPherson and some others before Christie.) And yes, yes I am ashamed that I know this much about Billy Joel.
March 1, 2017 at 8:39 pm
Alanis herself said that at first, she couldn’t sing “Everything” without bawling, so that effect is definitely baked into the song.
You’re reminding I recently watched a Billy Joel documentary where I learned about the first wife’s shady business dealings. Also, Christie Brinkley was in it, and though they were divorced by then, there seemed to be a lot of affection between them still. So I guess there’s no good reason to shun “Just the Way You Are”. (Mutt and Shania tho…)