On the outside I am very philosophical about love and relationships, but on the inside all I need to hear are the first strains of certain songs that bring me back to the romantic notions of my youth. Back on Valentine's Day, I commented that I like to rock when I'm driving. I didn't mean that to say that I don't like love songs. I do, just not all of them. There is something about the whispered promises of love and fervent declarations of devotion that move me when it concerns the music that played in my house during my younger years.
Not to be one of THOSE people, but a lot of today's love songs don't talk about love as much as they talk about sex, which is fine if that's what you're into, but it's not really for me. I miss the sensuality of the suggestion, rather than the bold talk about the act itself. My mother always taught us to "leave something to the imagination". The sweet sounds of Ronald Isley's tenor, mixed with the vivid imagery of sailing away from daily cares and worries to "a paradise, out beyond the sea" propels "Voyage to Atlantis" by the Isley Brothers into a realm of romantic iconography very hard to reach by today's artists:
Then again, maybe I can just play you a song.