Happy Valentine’s Day! I hope your day is fantastic, and I mean that whether you’re single or in a relationship. All too often I’m reminded that Valentine’s Day is also sometimes called Singles Awareness Day, because those that aren’t with someone sit around all mopey and miserable because of it. As someone that has been single for the majority of his life, I can tell you I’ve had quite a few depressing years as I wallowed away in loneliness wishing I had such a special day (greeting card holiday) to share with someone. But you know what? I’ve decided to stop allowing myself to get down about the lack of romance in my life. I’m an optimist by nature and firmly believe that eventually I will find love with the right person, it just might take some time. So now I’m looking at today as special for the love I experience every day from my friends and family, and the love I believe is still in my future. It makes me feel a whole lot better about life in general, and appreciative too. I hope that if you’re single today that you can try to adopt that same hopeful outlook. Whether you’re in a relationship or not, I did put together a Spotify playlist of some songs that make me feel loved. You can find songs from Blur, Lykke Li, My Morning Jacket, The Smiths, The Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, The Magnetic Fields, Fiona Apple and a whole bunch more on there, so check it out if you need some inspiration or a warm sonic hug. If that doesn’t work for you, maybe some of these mostly non-holiday-related songs will bring you fulfillment. There’s wonderful tracks from Black Pus, The Boy Least Likely To, Dead Ghosts, Express and Company, Great Peacock, Rice Cultivation Society and Tempers. In the Soundcloud section after the jump you might enjoy streaming songs from Heavy Glow and The Strokes, or perhaps Lindstrom’s remix of Charli XCX. Fall in love with something today, even if it’s a song!
Toro y Moi – Say That (Shelby Grey Remix)
Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – Don’t Look Down
Barbarossa – The Load
Charli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha) [Lindstrom Remix]
Freedom Fry – Friends and Enemies
Heavy Glow – Mine All Mine
The Strokes – All the Time