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My favourite love songs

"Raindrops on roses,
And whiskers on kittens,
Bright copper kettles,
And warm woolen mittens,
Brown paper packages,
Tied up with strings,
These are a few of my favorite things . . . "

In preparation for my friend Klaus' birthday party in Copenhagen, I am compiling a list of my favourite love songs, in hopes that his friends will also enjoy singing along. These songs are also clues to understanding a person.

From the uplifting to the broken hearted, here they are!

John Denver's Annie's Song - not just that it's my namesake but also it's a genuinely uplifting song, for you fill up my senses, like a night in a forest

Top of the World - again, I feel like I'm on top of the world, because such a feeling is coming over me, and there's wonder in most everything I see! Not a cloud in the sky, like this entire week in Holland, as though Spring has finally decided it is here to stay.

Live is life by Opus - I heard and became smitten by it on my first backpacking trip to Europe

Yazoo's Only You which I first heard sung acapella by the Pitchforks barbershop quartet at Duke University. It's stuck ever since.

Thank you, Dido

Suzanne Vega's Queen and the Soldier and Luka are very singable tunes though about very different topics, the former about duty over love and the latter about domestic violence.

Air Supply's All Out of Love and Making Love Out of Nothing at All were songs I listened to sleep as a hopeless romantic teenager weaned on Harlequin Romance novels.

Charlene's I've been to paradise but never been to me struck me a long time ago, a sort of premonition of things to come.

Extreme's More than Words shows that sometimes words aren't enough to convey feelings

Or sometimes words are not necessary at all in Ronan Keating's When You Say Nothing At All from the movie Notting Hill, rather the Unchained Melody finds you in the movie Ghost

Eric Clapton's Tears in heaven was written after the death of his infant son. But equally, it could sung in lament of a lost love. "Time can bring you down, time can bend your knees."

Oasis sang Don't Look Back in Anger I just like the song not really the lyrics.

Bob Marley's No Woman, No Cry - do only women cry ?

Beatle's Yesterday and Let It Be and Real Love

Queen sang Too Much Love Will Kill You, very similar to Mary MacGregor's Torn Between Two Lovers

Meat Loaf's Two Out of Three Ain't Bad shows that love is still needed for a relationship to survive.

Joan Baez' Donna, Donna, a song I learned from childhood along with John Denver's Take Me Home, Country Roads, both make me homesick.

And finally, You've Got a Friend with a capital F from James Taylor

2 April 2004 Friday

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Anne Ku at Ilp in May 2001
Anne Ku

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