Song for the Soundtrack of Your Date Tonight
That one. The one that gets your heart racing and your mind wandering. The one who sharpens up a bow and plays your strings with a touch that sounds off the sweetest song. Every note’s on key. Soulful melodies wrapped around complicated lyrics. Sometimes you listen to the words. Most of the time you don’t. You let “the instrument” take the lead – your natural instinct to gravitate toward making beautiful music regardless of what the song’s story’s trying to tell you. Enjoy your jam sessions. Hold them in your heart and let the memories bubble up to the surface thereafter. And when they do, raise your glass. Smile.
[Elvis Presley, “Love Me Tender” 7″ single, 1956]
Song for the Soundtrack of Your No Date Tonight
A nick on the heart. Give it tender loving care. Heal. Mend. Give that misshapen muscle the proper care and feeding it deserves. A heart ignored will tear. The walls will fail and harden. What will you do with a hardened heart? Swallow your tears and what’s left? Fear. Love phobia. Say goodbye to love and flush away that hug at the end of the day. A cheek against a warm chest. Two heartbeats. A hand to hold through a storm and into shelter. Raise your roof. Let love in.
[José González, “Lovestain” Veneer, 2006]