Thursday, February 14, 2013


Valentine's Day isn't just for couples. It's a day to honor all kinds of love. The love we have for a man, a woman, our family, the love we lost, the mistakes we made, and the better people we are for it all.
I recently had the opportunity to sift through a huge box of photos from my late grandmother's garage. I was drawn to the smell of the musty paper and the neatness of each small square tucked into corner tabs, glued to acid-free, black paper. The grainy photos of the past. Past love. I am so drawn to love of the past. A love I will never know. It's a love where chivalry was cherished, people connected with eye contact instead of text messages. It's a love that was scribbled onto paper instead of typed on these informal screens. I am drawn to it's richness, the fragility, and vulnerability. While I love so dearly the progress of today, sometimes I ache for the simpleness. So today I honor the love of the past, the present, and the future. I will take small solace in knowing that somewhere there is a child covering up a shoe box with tin foil. Then carefully cutting a slit on the top the size of a paper valentine with an attached candy heart. 
I decided to do two playlists for today, because I recognize that we are not all in relationships, and perhaps are not seeking or longing to be in one. And some of us might be hurting today. Some might feel a tingling to rebel. Maybe take a moment to listen, reflect, forgive yourself or others, and tell someone you love them. The power of those three words can never be underestimated. 

Brought to you by Mary Cedra of The Cedra Sessions ♥

A Sunday Kind of Love -- Etta James
Can't Help Falling In Love -- Elvis Presley
Love is Won -- Lia Ices
Sea of Love -- Cat Power
For You -- Sharon Van Etten
Little Bit -- Lykke Li
Night & Day -- Moondoggies
If You Let Me Be Your Anchor -- Dawes
Harvest Moon -- Neil Young
At the Hop -- Devendra Banhart
Poison Cup -- M. Ward
How Can I Tell You -- Cat Stevens

Say That -- Toro y Moi
Something Good -- Alt J
It Ain't Me, Babe -- Bob Dylan
Save Yourself -- Sharon Van Etten
You Ain't Alone -- Alabama Shakes
Big Love -- Matthew E White
Heartbreaker -- Led Zepplin
Cheated Hearts -- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
No Love -- Little Dragon
Alone Together -- Beachwood Sparks
You Broke My Heart -- Lavender Diamond

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