Happy Valentunes Day!

By | February 14th, 2011 | 31 Comments

Valentine’s Day evokes different emotions in different folks depending on how likely one is to get laid on this loaded holiday. To celebrate the agony and the ecstasy, the joy and the pity, the lonesomeness and, ultimately, the love, we’ll be posting one Valentine’s related song after another for the rest of the day until we’ve pulled at the heart strings of every last Miami lover. Suggestions are welcome — nay, DEMANDED. Let’s make this a Happy Valentunes Day together.

Alright, the Valentune request that will takes us to midnight comes from my very own lovely valentine, and I have to say it’s quite a beautiful choice. (Seriously — I have to say that.) Valentune #29: “Madame George” by Van Morrison. May we all find “the love that loves the love that loves the love that loves the love that loves to love the love that loves to love the love that loves.”

No one can love you like you, eh? Thanks to djkmia for requesting Valentune #28: “In Love With Myself” by David Guetta.

Arielle Angel breaks out the 69 for Valentune #27: “Chicken With Its Head Cut Off” by The Magnetic Fields. (See Arielle’s comment for more Valentunes by Dylan and Leonard Cohen.)

I really wanted “Love Wheel” but couldn’t find a good-quality video, so Daniel Johnston’s “True Love Will Find You In The End” stands in as Valentune #26. ” … unless you step out into the light, the light?”

Kisses to Willy for Valentune #26: “Loomer” by My Bloody Valentine.

Valentune #25 — “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt — comes via Facebook from Michael Leonard, who offers the following caveat: “I should warn you that I disdain Valentine’s Day and attempts at ‘ironic’ Valentine’s Day celebrations in equal measure. I prefer simply to ignore it. But everyone loves a love song. ‘If I Needed You’ is probably the most plaintive, and it has my favorite line: ‘You will miss sunrise if you close your eyes/And that would break my heart in two.'” What a romantic.

Thanks to commenter Danielle for requesting Valentune #24: “First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes.

Our next two Valentunes come from Scott Steiner (aka Virginia Aaraaf) and mkhall.


Valentune #23: “My Funny Valentine” covered by Rickie Lee Jones


Valentune #22: “Love Letter” by Psycho Realm

Keep going! There are more Valentunes on the next page.

31 Comments on “Happy Valentunes Day!”

  1. 1 arielle said at 5:04 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Leave it to my sister to pick the one I wanted to pick. I’ve been singing it my head all day long. Back with more in a little.

  2. 2 kaelsie said at 5:11 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    I have to add Broken Social Scene…It’s all gonna break….

  3. 3 Jordan Melnick said at 5:15 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Thanks Kaelsie. It’s in the Valentunes queue.

  4. 4 Jen said at 5:35 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Because I’m in Austin (which feels remarkably like lovely Miami today) and this was just on the radio: “Valentine” …Willie Nelson version.

  5. 5 Jordan Melnick said at 5:37 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    thanks Jen. It’s on the road … I mean, in the queue.

  6. 6 Virginia Aaraaf said at 5:42 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    I have a few songs in mind, whichever works:

    four tops, shadows of love: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSpHRqop5oo&feature=related

    blue moon, mel torme: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FQagMLqNkE
    ……
    Young Marble Giants – Searching For Mr Right (Live): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zn8H9XSgOOI

    Radiohead – In Rainbows – Jigsaw Falling Into Place: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-RllNyZt90

    blink 182 untitled: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk9Fu0JX3l0&feature=related
    or apple shampoo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KwZUR8yp7g&feature=related

  7. 7 Jordan Melnick said at 5:54 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Awesome Virginia. Thanks! Care to explain the Radiohead request?

  8. 8 thurgood salvatore said at 6:10 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Kotoko: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ii9LbUTmWPo

    bat for lashes whats a girl to do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n1wnOUH2jk8

    john lennon jealous guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DzhyKn1ThpU

  9. 9 Virginia Aaraaf said at 6:22 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    well there were three songs off In Rainbows that came to mind(reckoner and house of cards being the others), but Jigsaw falling into place evoked the most feeling from me I guess. I was in a relationship that wasn’t working and this song seemed to fit, perhaps the lyrics don’t reflect that, maybe they do, but the song felt as I did at the time.

  10. 10 Jordan Melnick said at 6:29 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Got it, Va.

  11. 11 Carl Vershvovski said at 6:57 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    “Where’s the paper bag that holds the liquor?
    Just in case I feel the need to puke.” yay.

    The Mountain Goats – No Children: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRP6egIEABk&feature=related

  12. 12 scott steiner said at 7:19 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqQTODR3kR8
    modest mouse, little motel

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ReATfSEhKPM
    love letter, psycho realm

  13. 13 mkhall said at 7:44 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    You’ve already got the Tom Waits I would suggest, so I’ll go with the hard to find Rickie Lee Jones cover of “My Funny Valentine.”

    “Your looks are laughable, unphotographable…”

  14. 14 shorty mcalluster said at 7:58 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynyIdv3AXAc&feature=related
    suicidal tendencies wont fall in love today

    pennywise bro hymn:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n8TuSVmOrw

  15. 15 Jordan Melnick said at 8:00 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Sorry Verdantsky — I can’t keep up with you.

  16. 16 Danielle said at 8:01 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    “First Day of my life “by Bright Eyes. Very simple but romantic.

  17. 17 Jordan Melnick said at 8:09 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    It’s in the queue. Thanks Danielle!

  18. 18 Danielle said at 8:12 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Just so you guys know, Patrick and I read your guys stuff all the time! Really good…

  19. 19 Jordan Melnick said at 8:37 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    Thought that was you. Thanks Danielle, and a belated congrats on the marriage!

  20. 20 Sara Fawcett said at 8:51 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    R. Kelly-In The Kitchen:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orTYX0nMeXw

    Lady Liberty – Okkervil River:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xs3WY_i74c

  21. 21 Jordan Melnick said at 8:58 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    You’re cut off Verdantsky!

  22. 22 phillip inspector said at 9:04 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    lol sorry, too much time and brooding on my hands

  23. 23 arielle said at 9:42 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    you know i gotta go for the sad ones.

    for those unrequited lovers: blondie, hanging by the telephone: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWhkbDMISl8

    gotta have magnetic fields from 69 love songs. hard to choose one, but here’s chicken with its head cut off: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE8Uut3YRdw

    Leonard Cohen, Hey That’s No Way to Say Goodbye: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jexNsBjz1r8

    And finally, from Dylan’s divorce album, NOT ON YOU TUBE! but try to find it however you can: You’re Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go

  24. 24 Jordan Melnick said at 9:49 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    This dude’s voice is dangerously low.

  25. 25 arnold wesker said at 10:36 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    looks like you posted “If I Needed You” by Townes Van Zandt twice. Might I suggest replacing one with that awesome r kelly serenade or mf doom “hoe cakes”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhFCOHxc32E

  26. 26 Jordan Melnick said at 11:12 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    After you all get done gently weeping from the last Valentune, I sincerely suggesting reading Lester Bang’s piece on Astral Weeks.

  27. 27 misael said at 11:23 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    great idea Jordan! hope i’m not too late!
    i’ve got one perfect for a late v-day night:
    Yo La Tengo – Let’s Be Still
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bxg6XyFKqHo

  28. 28 misael said at 11:24 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    oh no! i am too late :( nevermind

  29. 29 last call said at 11:26 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R7llu2aQRSQ&feature=related
    Billie Holiday “One for my Baby (and one more for the road)”

    ; D

  30. 30 vs said at 11:32 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    a lovely choice there to end the night with Van Morrison.

  31. 31 Jordan Melnick said at 11:45 pm on February 14th, 2011:

    @Misael Had to shut it down or my eyelids would have disintegrated.

    @everyone Happy Valentune’s Day! Thanks for all the requests! Awesome list of music.


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