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Time for tunes of love

POSTED: February 9, 2014 1:00 a.m.

On the Internet, the source of all information, they have all kinds of lists. In preparation for this column, I conducted a search for the top romance songs and found they have a variety.

There are songs for the crush, the romance and happily ever after.

For several years, a woman named Delilah hosts a nightly syndicated radio show featuring callers making romantic song dedications to someone they love or, at the very least, have strong feelings for. Delilah is part psychologist and encourager. Some of her callers are going through a breakup or separation, while others are celebrating years of happy love.

The show is geared to women between the ages of 25 and 54. Sometimes, the callers request a particular song. Others rely on Delilah’s musical prowess and ask her to select a song suiting their particular situation.

Unfortunately, Delilah isn’t carried in the North Georgia area. I occasionally catch her show from time to time when I’m traveling.

The truth is, Delilah records her calls and plays them back, sometimes on a different night. It’s not as spontaneous as it seems.

People and songs are an interesting mix. Back in the day when I was spinning country music on the radio, I had a woman who would call regularly and request Conway Twitty singing “It’s Only Make Believe.” She called nearly every day and asked for the same song.

The song is a lament of a broken-hearted man, who says people see the couple everywhere and think the woman really cares, but it is all only make believe. That’s a song of love hoped for.

I worked at a station where we read the wedding anniversaries each morning and had a jingle that sang “Happy Anniversary” to the tune of the William Tell Overture. It was not romantic.

I worked at another station that had special collections of songs for two purposes. One group was for immediately following the reading of obituaries. That was usually someone like Tennessee Ernie Ford singing a hymn, like “The Old Rugged Cross.”

The other collection were songs to be played after the daily announcement of anniversaries. The songs included an instrumental version of “Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)” from Dr. Zhivago, Ed Ames singing “My Cup Runneth Over” and Ray Price singing “Sweetheart of the Year.”

You have to be older than 65 to have any appreciation of those.

The Internet poll, by the way, said the top romantic song is “Something” by the Beatles. The top crush song was Paul Anka’s “Puppy Love” and the top happily ever after song was “Solid” by Ashford and Simpson.

I used to play the keyboard at horse shows. When my wife and I were dating, she would sit and look adoringly at me. I would play, “You Belong to Me” and she would smile. I guess that will always be our song.

My other favorite is “More” by Andy Williams. I’m just partial to Andy Williams.

Whether your romantic love is a work in progress or is a memory of times past, I hope on Valentine’s Day you’ll either listen to or remember your special song. May it be a good memory of love on the day we celebrate it.

Harris Blackwood is a Gainesville resident whose columns appear on the Sunday Life page and on gainesvilletimes.com/harris.


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