It’s Valentine’s day and if you, like me, are seeing this one through on your own, rather then mope around and feel sorry for yourself, let music be your lover.
Day playlist with
ZERO tear jerkers
Well, okay, I didn’t mean for that to sound as cheesy as it did but hear me out. Many of us see Valentine’s day as 24-hours that should be spent mourning the loss of love, asking ourselves why we are not with Mr/Mrs/Anyone right and basically looking at other couples with a look of disgust.
But pfffff, dry your eyes and man up.
Think about it realistically, it’s just like any other day of the year. It comes, it goes and life goes on. It’s the anticipation that people get het up about and, to be honest, all the sentimental feelings that were once attached to this day have been replaced by consumerism, faux love and expectation. Obviously there are those who do deliver and pull off one hell of a surprise for their loved ones and, to them, I say ‘Bravo’.
But if you are panicking about being by yourself on the 14th February, St. Valentine’s Day, why not channel that energy into something more productive and do something for yourself on the evening, rather than watching romance movies about heartbreaks and perfect endings… don’t be a cliche.
Or, rather than wallow in self-pity, celebrate the time with other loved ones, like friends and family or even with your own company pampering yourself (yes that also applies to the boys).
And there’s no better way to do it than with a personalized playlist of your own. Just quickly skim through your tunes, throw some of your favourite upbeat songs together and enjoy.
Here is what I am going to be listening to, while enjoying a glass or two of wine and chatting shit with friends, getting ready for the night ahead.
My Valtentine’s Day Playlist with ZERO tear jerkers.
Legendary Petula Clark is about to release her new album and, at 80-years old with a lifetime of experience , has crafted the perfect ode to love, tweaking the heartstrings of anyone who listens to it and making us smile.
Petula Clark – Cut Copy Me
This just got dropped, the new video for Lana Del Rey’s Burning Desire that sees her cruising around with a tiger and a Jaguar F-Type.
Lana Del Rey’s Burning Desire
Brooklyn’s Bear in Heaven’s ‘Reflection Of You’ is a trippy track for those who have that someone special in their lives that always seem to be just out of reach, even if they are sat right next to you.
Bear in Heaven’s – Reflection Of You
Putting a beat into the evening, I’d happily let the album produced by Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx be the soundtrack. Although this track deals with wanting to give your everything to someone it still has self-empowering vibes that can’t be ignored.
Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx – I’ll Take Care of U
After the soulful vocals of Gil Scott-Heron i’d move on to something with a little more sass (yes I did just use the word sass) and Kelis’ track Good Stuff from 1999 is that perfect mix of cool, sex and ass… and it has a killer bass line.
Kelis – Good Stuff
Sticking with the slow jams and smooth grooves of the late 90s and early 00s, remember when Ja Rule was the king of RnB? Well, this track from 2001 also featured the then reigning smooth RnB queen Ashanti. Get ready to grab your crotches people.
Ja Rule featuring Ashanti – Always On Time
Ok, time to pick it up a little bit with the help of my favourite DJ producer/dj/artist Diplo, whose take on Marlena Shaw’s California Soul is practically perfect and is guaranteed crooning like you own it.
Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Diplo Remix)
Yes, this song has been used to score adverts, films and numerous other events but this classic rock’n'roll glam rock track from T – Rex and is still as infectious as ever. The sexual charged lyrics always get me pulling shapes that are a confusing mix of a striptease and twisting. Not the best moves to pull out at a wedding… poor grandma.
T-Rex – Get It On
Turn this one up loud and shout. Y Control by the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s deals with a woman who’s pissed at the fact that someone has ‘stolen’ the woman she was before they met. Although her vocals stay pretty calm, it’s the music that gives this ode to angry love a punch that is perfect for late evning drinking and kitchen stomping.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Y Control
Practically saying ‘F**k you’ this classic funky house track from Cahill that was released in 2008, uplifting the spirits of those who were finding it difficult to get over an ex, while creating a party anthem worthy of any event.
Cahill – Tripping On You
… and the last track i’ll be listening to before hitting the town tonight is going to be Mommy Complex by Peaches, one of the original and only survivors of the Electro Clash movement. It’s fast, energetic and laughs at the boys out there that need too much attention.
So there you have it. That’s you’ll find me listening to tonight.
What’s on your playlists?
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