Underplayed Valen-Tunes



Sesaya specializes in music and arts education.

Yep, we’ve decided. We’re going to pass on the usual treacly Valentine’s Day songs this year that get relentless airplay on FM airwaves.

So what to listen to instead? We sought the reliable opinion of Richard Simon, an educator, lover of classic rock and commendium of pop musicology. Here are our recommendations of underplayed decades-spanning romantic tuneage that a family or classroom might listen to and talk about. Many of the songs have been covered by various artists, but we’ve got most of the originating artists performing their versions here. So grab some cinnamon hearts, turn up the volume and sing along. How sweet is that!

The Byrds: “Have You Seen Her Face”, written by Chris Hillman, included on the album Younger Than Yesterday (1967)

Led Zeppelin: “Thank you”, written by Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, included on the album  Led Zeppelin II (1969)

Kate Bush: “Why Should I Love You”, featuring Prince, Trio Bulgarka and Lenny Henry, written by Kate Bush, included on the album The Red Shoes (1993)

The Left Banke: “Pretty Ballerina”, written by Michael Brown, included on the album  Walk Away Renée/Pretty Ballerina (1966)

‘Til Tuesday: “Everything’s Different Now”, written by Jules Shear and Matthew Sweet, included on the album Everything’s Different Now (1988)

Buffy Sainte-Marie: “Up Where We Belong”, written by Buffy Sainte-Marie, Jack Nitzsche, and Will Jennings, from the album of the same name (1996)

K’naan: “Fatima”, written by Keinan Warsame, included on the album Troubadour (2009)

Pat Benatar: “We Live for Love”, written by Neil Giraldo, included on the album  In the Heat of the Night (1979)

Jackie DeShannon: “When You Walk in the Room”, written by Jackie DeShannon, included on the album Breakin’ It Up on The Beatles Tour! (1963)

Oscar Peterson: “Let’s Fall In Love”, written by Harold Yarlen and Ted Koehler, included in the album Oscar Peterson Plays Harold Yarlen (1955)

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