30 Days, 30 Songs: Days 13 and 14 – Two from the Past

Welcome to my new musical series for 2021, “30 Days, 30 Songs.” Follow me this year as I blatantly steal this Instagram challenge all in the name of good music and good fun. Every other week, I’ll cover one or two or more topics from the list (see here for a refresher), allowing them to percolate over musical memories, nostalgia, and whatever else comes to mind in the moment. And now, gimme a beat boys to free my soul, I wanna get lost in this rock and roll!

Day 13: One of your favorite 70s songs

One of my favorite 70s songs is “Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green.

As I’ve said before, I’ve been trying to do this series off-the-cuff, using whatever is the first song that comes to mind upon any given day’s topic. Yet, with this one…

…my mind was surprisingly blank.

I’m not very good at being put on the spot sometimes, and for whatever reason, my brain seized at the thought of trying to come up with a single song from the 1970s to call a favorite, because I like so many from that decade. After starting at the screen for far longer than I wanted, this song filtered its way onto the screen. And it’s a good one.

I’m not saying that you’d ever catch me singing Al Green’s richly soulful 1972 hit “Let’s Stay Together” in the shower, but I have been known to to heave forth a verse or two at random from time to time. His voice makes me melt, and the song itself is so easy to enjoy what with no sharp edges or dissonance. Just smooth, comfortable curves from beginning to end. It’s one of those songs I could easily listen to a dozen times in a row, loving each time more than the last. Just click the video, and you’ll see what I mean.

Day 14: A song that you would love played at your wedding

A song that I loved to have played at my wedding was “Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong.

This month marks my 9th wedding anniversary. (Traditionally, 9-year anniversaries are marked by gifts of “willow” and “pottery,” which proved most baffling to my husband and I. We just played games, lol.) And nine years ago, if I could have had only one song played at my little wedding, it would have been this one.

Beside just being an utterly fantastic song, the story goes that when my husband and I first met, we frequented a local club that used this song to mark the 2:00am close. (i.e. “Wonderful World” means that you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here!) And every weekend we managed to close out the club, we’d have a last dance to this song. It became “our song.”

And so, it had to be in the wedding playlist. He and I danced to it just like we had so many years ago, and in that moment, the world was pretty wonderful, indeed.

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