Congratulations on making it to February, it seemed a bit touch-and-go for a minute didn’t it? Regardless, we are here and we’re moving fast towards the best month of the year so far: March. Why March we hear you say? Pancakes and St. Patrick’s Day. A Saint’s day that provokes the widespread appearance of tentative links to a faint Irish genealogy in order to justify joining in on the celebrations which at Digsy’s we are lucky to have as we are indeed 50%, okay possibly more 25% Irish. You may be slightly thrown by the post so-far, looking to find our Valentine’s post and instead finding a declaration of love for the month of March but here we are.
After a complicated start (much like many great love stories) we will get on with what we’ve got to say, unlike Hugh Grant in any given rom-com scene. Now at Digsy’s we have no authority to tell you anything about love or Valentine’s so you will not find a ‘Ten Romantic Date Ideas To Do With The Love Of Your Life’ Post because if you just want to sit in silence with each other whilst listening to Joy Division- who are we to tell you that that’s a fantastic idea? Or if you want to watch The Silence of the Lambs with your better half rather than seeing Julia Roberts be just as girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love her? (However, at Digsy’s you will find that we are the kind of people that would do and have done both). Instead, we are marking the holiday as we cannot ignore that a good 95% of songs are about love in one form or another and that by writing about love in music, we will not alienate any reader as there is literally a song for everyone- turns out that we are all rather generic individuals.
With this in mind, whether you join us as 50% of a longstanding marriage or partnership; an individual in a brand-new relationship; someone not sure of what it is exactly they’ve got themselves into; someone living the pain of an unrequited love or even someone who has sworn off the idea of love forever (we all know at least one friend who has dramatically claimed they may *never* meet anyone and decide that they embody The Smiths B-side track ‘Unloveable’) we are here for you all. Just a brief side note, we do not believe that claiming that ‘Unloveable’ is a very good if not under appreciated song is the best form of reassurance for someone and yet it is the one we have given in this too specific example to deny as a real situation we have had to respond to.
In our last post, we briefly discussed how music can affect your mood and one sure thing set to affect your mood is love and as we all know, there is nothing worse than the total agony of being in love- as Love Actually’s Sam so eloquently put it. For centuries, musicians have been singing about love and heartbreak- for example the old Greensleeves melody from the 16th Century (we will not be debating here whether or not it really was dear old Henry VIII’s self-penned work) was about a spurned lover who was rather bitter he was cast aside. Fast forward to 2002 and The Streets respond to another elusive girl with the advice: Don’t Mug Yourself- see, we don’t really change. Today, if you would like to find your kindred spirit also suffering heartache you need only look to Adele or Ed Sheeran for comfort or equally to revel in your adoring relationship with their more uplifting tracks (well at least from Ed anyway).
So this Valentine’s Day, we suggest taking a short break from the heart-shaped chocolates, roses and fluffy teddy bears; instead have a listen to our playlist below- we have included songs about the heartbroken, loved up and everything in between so that absolutely everyone can find at least a song they love on this sentimental, consumer holiday. An additional note to those of you who can’t feel the love in the air, try not to be too down as Bridget Jones starts off drunkenly singing ‘All By Myself’ but by the third film she has two men fighting over her…again- so there’s hope for even the most socially awkward of guys and girls.
Digsy’s Valentine Playlist:
‘Can’t Help Falling In Love’- Elvis Presley
‘For Your Love’- The Yardbirds
‘Baby I Need Your Loving’- Four Tops
‘You Can’t Hurry Love’- The Supremes
‘Do You Love Me’- The Contours
‘Something’- The Beatles
‘Iris’- The Goo Goo Dolls
‘Sally Cinnamon’- The Stone Roses
‘Linger’- The Cranberries
‘Emotions’- Mariah Carey
‘Sexual Healing’- Marvin Gaye
‘Crazy for You’- Madonna
‘Something Changed’- Pulp
‘Friday I’m In Love’- The Cure
‘Chapel Song’- Augustines
‘Skinny Love’- Bon Iver
‘If I Had A Gun’- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
‘Rooting For You’- London Grammar
‘She Is Love’- Oasis
‘Don’t Mug Yourself’- The Streets
‘There Is A Light And It Never Goes Out’- The Smiths (or for the even more melancholic opt for ‘Unloveable’- The Smiths)
‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’- Kasabian
‘Are You In Love With A Notion’- Courteeners
‘Let Me Down’- Jorja Smith ft. Stormzy
‘Lights Down Low’- MAX
‘Ghostin’- Ariana Grande
‘Teenage Fever’- Drake
‘Thinkin Bout You’- Frank Ocean
Happy listening and much love,