It’s coming on Valentine’s Day. Hmm, it’s been around a long time, and not just as a Hallmark day. Started out, naturally, as a Saint’s Day (or 2 or 3 – lots of Valentinus were running around back in the day). Like most old saints, they were killed for their religious devotion, and not because they espoused romantic love (although one was arrested for marrying soldiers to women – the only good soldier is an unmarried one, in the good old days).

So the day was celebrated in honor of St. Valentine, and in the 14th Century it began taking on a romantic association that continues on to this day ( he said, compressing almost 700 years into a sentence). Hallmark just latched onto it in the spirit of Capitalism.

Anyway, with that in mind, I put together a setlist of songs that all feature kissing in a romantic setting. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day by practicing what you hear today, which includes Prince, Tin Tin, Brian Ferry, Ike & Tina Turner, Bill Withers, Hot Chocolate, the Manhattans, Joni Mitchell, Alison Moyet, the Everly Brothers, Dwight Yoakam, Syl Johnson, the Replacements, Siouxsie & the Banshees, and Tom Jones.

This podcast is, as always, available to stream or download at There should be more content there, and I will try to put more things up this year. The podcast is also available to download as a podcast at your favorite podcast streamer – iTunes, Stitcher, etc. The podcast is called Check that out sometime. I welcome suggestions and comments, too – leave them as you will. Thanks for everything you do to encourage me.

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