Love changes everything
Love is a popular theme this month and it is one that has captured the hearts and minds of people for centuries. It never seems to go out of style making it perhaps one of the most prolific topics. Writers, poets, songwriters, and filmmakers have contributed countless essays, novels, poems, songs, and movies about love. Thinking about this, my curiosity got the best of me and I just had to do some googling to see what interesting tidbits I could find.
According to Billboard’s Top 50 Love Songs of All Time spanning seven decades of music, I found that “our generation” of recordings made a substantial contribution to the list. The Supremes’ “Baby Love” was #49 and the Righteous Brothers were #45 with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling.” The top ten is where we really shined with five including the number one love song by Diana Ross and Lionel Ritchie—“Endless Love.” A real oldie and goodie in my opinion, of course.
Wasn’t so sure what I would find when I searched for the top love poems. Surprisingly, there is both a list of top ten and one hundred of the most popular. The number one poem was written by William Shakespeare—his Sonnet 116 which is possibly the most well-known of sonnets. Written more than 400 years ago, Shakespeare believed “love is something that doesn’t change and can’t be removed.” Kahlil Gibran’s “Love One Another” about marriage came in second and third was Robert Browning’s “Meeting at Night” portraying the challenges of love and yet the joy and happiness of staying with it.
In the movie category, I thought it best to look at both contemporary and the classics. Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and Giant scored first, second, and third place respectively. The Philadelphia Story was number five and coming in at number ten was “An Affair to Remember” with Gary Grant and Deborah Kerr. Oh those were the days, weren’t they? More recently Titanic, You’ve Got Mail with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan, The Notebook and Ghost are among the favorite romantic movies.
A quote by T. Tolis is listed as the number one saying: “To love is nothing. To be loved is something. But to love and be loved, that’s everything!” Wish I had room to share more, however, just like love itself, there’s endless ways to express our feelings. If I were to sum it all up, I would have to say the lyrics in the song, “Love Changes Everything” says it best. That’s what I am celebrating this Valentine’s day.