A playlist for passion
Ahh, springtime is here and love is in the air.
As I was walking across the Quad this morning, I was distracted by notably loud, enthusiastic chirping overhead. I looked up into the branches of an enormous oak, and caught two large grey squirrels sharing an intimate moment. With a blush that rapidly spread down my cheeks and neck, I hurried on my way, fortunately avoiding a shower of acorns hurled by Nutkin and girlfriend.
However, this encounter started the wheels turning in my head. If the Bowdoin birds, bees, and squirrels are at it, maybe that signals a greater trend-like maybe it's springtime, and PEOPLE are falling in love. And since not all of us possess the time and energy to import chirping rodents into our dorm rooms for a little "natural mood music," I decided that I would take it upon myself to compile an essential playlist that will draw any two would-be-lovers together in a miasmatic storm of unhindered passion. With no further ado, here it is.
Track One: "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)" by Sarah Vaughan.
What a beautiful way to commence a romance! With the stunning combination of a samba beat, maracas, and Vaughan's smoky alto, this jazz standard makes you want to sway, sway, sway the night away. Plus, it doesn't hurt that this one was featured on the soundtrack to Heartbreakers-a movie basically about female con-artists going for big men with big money. Now, if that doesn't say "seduction," I don't know what does.
Track Two: "Soul Bossa Nova" by Quincy Jones.
Yes, that's right. You've heard it repetitively while watching Austin Powers, but did you ever take a moment to consider that this big band, booty-shaking hit may be a little more than a comic piece? No, I'm not just picking it as filler. I see it as the perfect music for you ladies who like to perform sexy little dances for your paramours while wearing feather boas and glittery stilettos.
Track Three: "Put Your Arms Around Me" by Texas.
Simply put, this track is a beautiful pop-rock ballad. With its down-tempo, percussive quality and Sharleen Spiteri's stunning and provocative voice soaring over a gentle electric guitar line, it is not a piece to be missed. And even males (names withheld to protect the innocent) assure me that it is "addictive" as make-out music. There you go!
Track Four: "Luv" by Travis.
As an important addition to this eclectic mix, this track by the Oasis-inspired Scottish band Travis is a heartache-y dose of melancholia. Really, any band that can make tambourines and harmonicas sound haunting impresses me. But this particular song just makes me want to cuddle up with that special someone.
Track Five: "I Believe In A Thing Called Love" by The Darkness
I'm adding this song really just because I like it, and it includes "love" in the title. The glam rockishness of this tune sounds a little like Queen, a little like the Stones, and a lot like a long-haired guy singing "I Believe In A Thing Called Love / Dubbyaa dummadaa dum da" in a falsetto. Yep, this is MY idea of romance.
Squirrels be damned, this playlist is all you need for a little bit of spring lovin'.
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