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In Love To the Beat (A Trip Down Memory Lane)

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We all know how impactful music can be during and after a breakup. It seems there are catalogs of music with fed/up or breakup songs. What about falling in love? I would say there are just as many if not more catalogs of songs about love.

There are so many facets of love and the progression of deep love. The thought of love for another as a tween or teen holds a special place in your heart. You were convinced at that young age that your special someone would be yours forever.

New Edition recounts those puppy love feelings with the words, “My girls like candy, a candy treat, she knocks me hot up off my feet. She’s so fine as can be. I know this girl is meant for me. Candy girl. You are my world, you look so sweet. You’re a special treat.”

Moving thru life, love matures but the message is constant.

Music is a powerful medium to express your elation for your partner. In each stage, it’s as if the lyricist is an unseen observer of your life from the initial crush to the infatuation phase then that moment when you’ve fallen in the deep end of love.

Ginuwine perfectly packages that deep end with the words, “My whole life has changed since you came in, I knew back then you were that special one, I’m so in love, so deep in love.”

With each note, you relive the ambiance of the event. The rhythm takes your mind back to your surroundings, the weather, even the funny way your heart beat when you first uttered the words, ‘I love you’ as you look into their eyes. You almost couldn’t contain how anxious you were to be with her/him again.

Stevie Wonder’s genius lends his suited perspective in one of his many songs serenading the words, “Over time, I’ve been building my castle of love, just for two, though you never knew you were my reason. And though you don’t believe that they do. They do come true. For did my dreams come true when I looked at you. Overjoyed, over love, over me.”

Good lyrics can grab you in the moment and remind you of the cologne he was wearing and the dress she wore. It doesn’t matter if it’s been decades since you fell for that special someone a song can send all the memories flooding back. It can’t be denied that music is a universal language and love songs its best translator. The artist and their delivery may vary, but a timeless love song can reach across generations and touch deep to the soul. It transcends time.

I remember it like it was yesterday. During my college days my roommate blasting a particular song thru her mini-stereo over singing at the top of her lungs with the words, “I will never find another lover sweeter than you, sweeter than you. And I will never find another lover more precious than you, more precious than you. And all my life I’ve prayed for someone like you. And I thank God that I finally found you.”

K-CI and JoJo’s wailing of true love would remain on repeat for the rest of the evening and I would find a pillow for my ears. It was not lost on me or our dorm neighbors that she was in deep love and as the lyric stated thanking God that she had found her love.

That is one of the many effects of falling in love and finding a song that completely testifies of that love is priceless. Who doesn’t love a love song? It can feel like you are floating on air invincible to any negative thing you may face. Because, after all, you’re in love and life is rich.

Thanks for taking this trip down memory lane with me. Remember to let love grow and blossom, while moving to the beat.

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