10 Songs Dedicated to the Mystery of Love

For most, love remains a mystery. And on this Valentine’s Day I am reminded what a powerful force love is, in our lives. Volumes have been written about love—its glory and heartache. As an integral part of the human experience, you’ll find love won and lost throughout literature—all its emotions, hate, jealousy, lust, desire and ecstasy. To be sure, erotica and romance are more popular than ever. And any mystery writer worth his or her salt incorporates love’s many tentacles into his or her mystery stories. But for my money, music says it best.

Nothing Captures the Essence of Love Like Music.

A tribute to the standards, know commonly as torch songs—a few all-time favorites to tug on the heartstrings:

Let’s Fall In Love, Chris Botti
Nat King Cole’s Stardust
I Remember You, Diana Krall
Willie Nelson’s Someone To Watch Over Me
Misty, Sarah Vaughn
Frank Sinatra’s One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
Chris Botti w/ Paula Cole – My One and Only Love
Kenny Rankin’s When Sunny Gets Blue

There are hundreds more that come to mind. I’m sure you know them by heart.

Yet I can’t leave you without tagging a couple contemporary faves:

Renee Olstead – A Love That Will Last
Pete Belasco – I Ain’t Doin’ It

Okay, your turn . . . talk to me about love. What tunes are on your soundtrack for romance?

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