Tuesday, April 15, 2008

L is for Love

There have been lots of love songs written over the years. Some make you smile, some bring tears to the eyes of a true romantic. In my opinion, it's almost impossible to think of any song more poignant or right on the money that Annie's Song by John Denver. Perhaps Love, of course, runs a close second. Say what you will about John, but the boy knew how to put the song of his heart to music.

I'm sure everyone has their own favorite love song and love song singer. Yesterday, a clerk in the grocery store was singing a Marilyn Monroe torch song as I checked out. You could tell by looking at her smile that she had memories of love on her mind.

Tom T. Hall, who may not be known to anyone that doesn't listen to the Classic Country music station on cable TV, has also penned what is, to me, one of the finest love songs ever written.

I know it's weird and I probably shouldn't admit this, but we tune into old time country station almost every afternoon. It baffles me how he does it, but my dad uses these twangy ditties to serenade him during his naptime. Day after day the songs are recycled through a program that leaves little room for variance. So I can pretty much guarantee that Hall's "I Love" will play on a regular basis. Like, Thank God for Kids, by the Oakridge Boys, Hall's song always makes me smile.

It's slow and easy; it rhymes, sort of; and it has a beat that makes you want to slow dance around the kitchen in the arms of your sweetie.

I love little baby ducks, old pick up trucks, slow-moving trains, and rain.
I love little country streams, sleep without dreams, Sunday school in May, and hay.
And I love you, too.
I love leaves in the wind, pictures of my friends, birds in the world, and squirrels
I love coffee in a cup, little fuzzy pups, bourbon in a glass, and grass
And I love you too.
I love honest open smiles, kisses from a child, tomatoes on the vine, and onions
I love winners when they cry, losers when they try, music when it's good, and life.
And I love you too. *

Does it get any better than that?

Today is my sweetie's birthday. It calls for a few celebratory words, balloons and an apple pie ablaze with 63 birthday candles. And, don't you think it also calls for a song? Taking my cue from Mr. Hall, here is my version of "I Love" dedicated to the man I love:

I love tulips when they bloom, tea when it's brewed, buying new shoes, and steak.
And I love you too.
I love candles that are lit, the chair where you sit, berries that you pick and bubbles
And I love you too.
I love showers when they're hot, ice cream when it's cold, corn when it's popped and coke.
And I love you too.
I love your eyes when they smile, your voice when you sing, the pool that you clean and cats.
And I love you too.
I love pencils with a point, quilts without sheets, chips without waves, and Sharpies.
And I love you too.

And so it goes!
People on my "L"ist of favorite people would have to be: "L"uther, "L"inda and "L"aura

Here are some other "L" words:
Lincoln logs

"L"abrador retriever dressed for a football game

"L"inda "l"ugging "l"avender

An iguana named "L"ou

"L"eaving you til tomorrow,
Merry ME

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just when I think you can't get any sweeter, you top yourself!

One of the best, I say.

And I love you, too.