Friday Favorites: February Playlist

Books are one of the great loves of my life. Another great love is music. I love the way a song can change your mood, can lift you up when you are down, can comfort you when nothing else can. I love the way music has moved through my life. I remember making mixtapes and then burning CDs: picking just the right song for the situation.

For me it makes sense that books and music go hand in hand. One of the things that makes a song for me, that makes a more than just music is the lyrics. I remember keeping a notebook of lyrics when I was in high school and my friends and I adding to it … with our favorite songs … songs that reminded us of the boy we liked or the song that made us feel better when that boy didn’t notice us or the perfect day we had on a road trip.

When I started thinking about what songs or artists I might talk about in a Friday Favorites I realized that I like with books there is so much music I want to share. So instead of sharing a song or an artist or an album here and there I decided that once a month I am going share a playlist complete with my favorite lyrics from some of the songs.


I’m just going to say it: Valentine’s Day is a made up holiday. I might not understand the point of Valentine’s Day or the history of the holiday (more on the next week) BUT I do love a good romance novel, romcom, Hallmark Movie and love song.

In celebration of this, the loviest of all months, here are some of my favorite love songs:

  • All You Need is Love, the Beatles
  • Make You Feel My Love, Adele
  • Can’t Help Falling in Love, Elvis / Kina Granis
  • Still Falling For You, Ellie Goulding
  • Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen
  • Kiss Me, Ed Sheeran
  • Photograph, Ed Sheeran
  • Neon Lights, Natasha Bedingfield
  • The One, Kodaline
  • I Get To Love You, Ruelle
  • I Choose You, Sarah Bareilles
  • The Book of Love, Peter Gabriel
  • Steady As We Go, Dave Matthews Band
  • Breathe, Faith Hill
  • Heartbeat, Carrie Underwood
  • Home, Vanessa Carlton
  • The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra
  • Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton
  • Crazy Love, Van Morrison
  • Maybe I’m Amazed, Paul McCartney
* Please note, these earphones weren’t connected*

Crazy Love, Van Morrison

I can hear her heart beat for a thousand miles / And the heaven’s open every time she smiles / And when I come to her that’s where I belong / Yet I’m running to her like a river’s song

Home, Vanessa Carlton

And even now / When I’m alone / I’ve always known / With you
I am home / For me it’s a glimpse / And a smile on your face / A touch of your hands / An honest embrace

I Choose You, Sarah Bareilles

My whole heart / Will be yours forever / This is a beautiful start / To a lifelong love letter / We are not perfect we’ll learn from our mistakes /
And as long as it takes I will prove my love to you

Make You Feel My Love, Adele (Bob Dylan cover)

I know you haven’t made your mind up yet / but I will never do you wrong / There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do / To make you feel my love

The One, Kodaline

You make my heart feel like its summer / When the rain is pouring down / You make my whole world feel so right when it’s wrong / That’s how I know you are the one / That’s why I know you are the one / When we are together you make me feel like my mind is free and my dreams are reachable

Neon Lights, Natasha Bedingfield

We got all the memories /So much more we can’t see / Better than our first kiss / Snow falling at Christmas / Like sleeping in on Sunday / Laughter we never faked / Bob Marley in Summer / One love for each other

Photograph, Ed Sheeran

Oh, you can fit me / Inside the necklace you got when you were sixteen / Next to your heartbeat where I should be

Steady As We Go, Dave Matthews Band

When the storm comes shelter me / I don’t say a word anymore and you know exactly what I mean  / In the darkest times you shine on me 

Still Falling For You, Ellie Goulding

And just like that / All I breathe / All I feel / You are all for me / No one can lift me, catch me the way that you do / I’m still falling for you

The Way You Look Tonight, Frank Sinatra

With each word your tenderness grows / Tearin’ my fear apart / And that laugh, wrinkles your nose / Touches my foolish heart

Wonderful Tonight, Eric Clapton

I feel wonderful because I see / The love light in your eyes / And the wonder of it all / Is that you just don’t realize how much I love you

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