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Friday, February 1, 2013

Popularr lovee songss stand d thee testt off time There are many different ways to convey feelings of affection. Some people pen poetry, others bestow gifts, while still others feel moved by music and lyrics. Songs have long been a popular way to convey emotions, and love songs have been performed by artists from nearly every musical genre at some point in time. Although music is subjective, some love songs have stood out as fan favorites. Commonly featured at weddings or as the backdrop on romantic evenings, the following songs are considered some of the more popular love songs of all time. n “Love Theme From ‘A Star Is Born’” (Evergreen): This Barbara Streisand classic from the hit film helped Streisand earn both an Academy Award for Best Song from a Motion Picture and Grammy Award for Song of the Year. n “Up Where We Belong”: Few people can forget the ending scene of “An Officer and a Gentleman” when Richard Gere sweeps Debra Winger off of her feet. The song “Up Where We Belong” by Jennifer Warnes and Joe Cocker from the

movie will always be a romantic favorite.

n “All My Life”: Former Jodeci members K-Ci and JoJo created an enduring romantic song with this pop hit.

n “Save the Best for Last”: This song became Vanessa William’s signature song and a smash hit. n “Be With You”: Soul singer Mary J. Blige emphasizes sticking with the one you love by being loyal. n “I Do It for You”: This Bryan Adams hit was nominated for an Oscar as the theme for the 1991 film “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.” n “I’ll Make Love to You”: This Boyz II Men song was one of the longest-running No. 1 hits of all time. n “Lovesong”: The Cure’s Robert Smith penned this song as a present to his wife, Mary, in 1988. n “Sweet Love”: Anita Baker’s soulful hit helped turn her from a budding R&B singer into a household name. n “Love Me Tender”: His good looks

and gyrating hips helped thousands of women fall in love with Elvis Presley. However, this signature love song endeared the famed crooner to many others. n “My Heart Will Go On”: Celine Dion’s theme from “Titanic” became one of the most popular love songs of all time after the film’s 1997 debut. n “I’ll Stand by You”: This 1994 hit from The Pretenders can be interpreted as a song of romantic devotion or a commitment to friends. n “You Are So Beautiful”: Joe Cocker makes the list again with this soulful 1975 hit. n “Have I Told You Lately”: Originally written and recorded by Van Morrison, this song gained new life and notoriety when recorded by Rod Stewart. n “My Girl”: Beloved R&B group The Temptations deliver a song about sunshine on a cloudy day in this classic. n “I Will Always Love You”: Witten and performed by Dolly Parton, this song is perhaps most known for the version performed by Whitney Houston for the soundtrack of her 1992 film “The Bodyguard.” n “Time After Time”: A song of devotion, Cyndi Lauper earned her first No. 1

single with this hit.

n “Hey There, Delilah”: A simple song of young love by the Plain White T’s. n “Unchained Melody”: The Righteous Brothers delivered the bestknown version of this song, which helped create movie magic between Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore in the 1990 film “Ghost.” n “Just the Way You Are”: Billy Joel’s classic in which he tells his beloved she is perfect as-is. n “Your Song”: A simple, eloquently written song of love from Elton John.

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Proposing on Valentine’s Day – Yes or No? by JoAnn Kamm Valentine’s Day is the number one day for marriage proposals, which explains why it is also the most stressful day of the year for many men. After all, what if she says “No” - that would mark the romantic holiday for life with the scar of eternal rejection, or at least it will seem so for a couple of years. But if she says “Yes”, then Cupid will pat himself on the shoulder for a job well done, and guys all around the world will sigh with relief. And while for many men this year Valentine’s Day may be just chocolate and roses, there are some brave souls out there who are sweating the sweat of true love in preparation for the grand proposal. So, is it a good idea to bear your heart (and lighten up your wallet) on The Day of romance? Absolutely. Taking into consideration other important factors, such as whether this is the right person, how long has the relationship lasted, and does it have a promising future, Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to pop the question. It would be a really harsh woman to turn a lover down on a day like that, and who wants to marry such a woman anyway? Of course, there is the ring... The ring, which will hopefully be in a style

that she likes, and it will fit, and it will symbolize everything and anything that a nervous, tongue twisted guy in a vulnerable one knee position might forget to say. Where do you find that ring? Skip the overpriced malls. Your local jeweler can probably help you out better, as long as you give a little bit of an advance notice, such as a week to two week. A good jeweler becomes a man’s best friend before Valentine’s Day. An honest, knowledgeable jeweler can save the husband-to-be hundreds to thousands of dollars on the engagement ring, give him valuable advice, and last but not least, offer some moral support. After all, Valentine’s Day may come every year, but a proposal on Valentine’s Day is done only once in a lifetime. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner again. Sweaty palms and nervous hearts are just a few of the reminders that the time has come. Good luck to the brave ones proposing, and remember... you can do it!

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