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In the Mix - Love Songs for Your Valentine

Feb 12, 2018 12:24PM ● By Paul Cotruvo

The Good, the Bad, and the Creepy

“You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.
But I look around me and I see it isn't so.
Some people wanna fill the world with silly love songs.
And what's wrong with that?”
That’s right, what is wrong with that? With Valentine’s Day fast approaching and love songs about to fill the air, who knew that Paul McCartney’s silly little song would ring so true and relate something we need more now than ever. Now, I know there are many of you reading this article about to check out, but hear me out. You know there is some song that touches your heart. Even if you absolutely hate love songs, I contend that everyone has that certain song within them. Every song is a love song to some degree, about some aspect of love: the good, the bad, the hopeful, the cynical, and everything in between - even the creepy, as in The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” which can be interpreted as a love song for the controlling voyeur in all of us. (I can’t believe some use this as their wedding song.)
Love songs can even be universal. “All You Need Is Love” was the Beatles’ anthem that “love is everything,” They can be personal as Van Morrison’s “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?” his tribute to God. Even Bob Dylan wrote many love songs, including “Make You Feel My Love,” which has been covered by many artists, including Garth Brooks and Adele.
And what if you were the inspiration for some of the all-time classic songs of the last 50 years? Patti Boyd, former wife of George Harrison and Eric Clapton, inspired “I Need You,” “Something” (later disputed by George after the divorce), “Layla,” and “Wonderful Tonight.” Now that’s love!
So, if you have read this far, then you must have at least one song in mind. Here’s my top ten list of great love songs (which will be a part of my playlist this month):
1)   “Crazy Love” - Van Morrison
2)   “And I Love Her” - The Beatles
3)   “I Can’t Make You Love Me” - Bonnie Raitt
4)   “Waiting in Vain” – Bob Marley
5)   “If I Ain’t Got You” – Alicia Keys
6)   “Love’s In Need Of Love Today” - Stevie Wonder
7)   “A Song For You” – Leon Russell
8)   “Something”- The Beatles
9)   “In Your Eyes” - Peter Gabriel
10)  “At Last” - Etta James
Remember, all you need is love!
This year’s Come Together 8 Show at the Pleasant Hill Community Center is on Friday, February 23, 7:30pm.
Has it really been eight years? If you are not familiar with this show, it is a combination of seasoned and up and coming musicians, always with a few surprises. It was inspired by a YouTube video I watched a few years ago of a young girl, Kymber Starmack. I knew her mom, Jenny, could sing but had no idea of her daughter’s talent. That’s when the light bulb went off, and I thought how cool it would be to feature both generations of musicians in one show. This year’s show will be another showcase of amazing talent. The lineup includes one of the best Eagles Tribute Bands in the area, Midnight Flyer. Their harmonies and musicianship will blow you away. Another great band performing will be The New Frantics, featuring the very talented Scotty O’Neil. This band combines some great original songs along with their own take on some cover tunes. Needing some blues? Come for a very special and rare performance by blues legend Frankie G. and Bell “step” brother Kevin Suto. Do not miss this duo!  I am also pleased to announce that Alexa Heine will be singing again this year. This will be her sixth year. It has been a complete joy to watch her grow as an artist over the years. She is worth the ticket price alone and represents what Come Together is all about. Rounding out the show will be newcomer Wil Sheets, Izzy Triana, and Sienna Coward, all amazing and talented kids. So, if you love music, this is one of the highlights of the year, and the money goes to Pleasant Hill Teen Programs -- what I always refer to as a “Win Win.” Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online at I am also dedicating this year’s show to Kymber for being the inspiration and help launching what has now become a staple in the community. See you there!
Quote of the Month: “Life is a game and true love is a trophy.” ~~ Rufus Wainwright
Paul’s Picks for February:
February 3: Lavay Smith & Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
February 15: Lost Weekend, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm
February 16: The Big Jangle, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm
February 17: Aki goes to Bollywood, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm
February 17: Sin Silver, Rocco’s Pizzeria, 2909 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, 8pm
February 23: Come Together, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, 7:30pm
February 23: Cut Loose, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm
February 24: Lumberyard, WiseGirl, 1932 Oak Park Blvd., Pleasant Hill, 9pm
February 25:  Soulful Security, Armando’s, 707 Marina Vista, Martinez, 8pm