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From the Archives – Cheryl Jones: The Ultimate Love Song

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Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto in C Minor is my vote for the Ultimate Love Song for Valentine’s Day because this song provides the perfect forum for love and music to “osmosis-ize” one into the other. As love is abstract in its purest concept yet can leave a tangible trace that is, at times, ineffably indescribable, it still compels one to share what one cannot touch.

 

Certainly music, in its abstractness, can intuitively express love, even without the use of words, and can not only reach and touch all who hear, but also capture all the feeling that love can endow. For me, Rachmaninoff’s 2nd Piano Concerto embodies the climax of this perfect union of music and love.

 

Okay, for a song (with words) closer to the three-minute mark, I look to two love songs by Nat King Cole—“Unforgettable” and “That’s All.” These songs speak to the joy, the appreciation, the commitment, the whimsy, and the risk that love inspires.

 

Like a song of love that clings to me

How the thought of you does things to me

Like never before has anyone been more…

Unforgettable

 

Indeed, true love is unforgettable.

 

I can only give you love that lasts forever,

And a promise to be near each time you call

And the only heart I own

For you and you alone

That’s all

That’s all…

 

Mixed media artist Sabrina Reber contributed this sideways cover art for our Feb. 3-16, 2011 issue. And “Sideways” makes sense, since her creations appear at Vin’tij Wine Boutique & Bistro in Miramar Beach. (See, that’s the title of a movie about wine. And love. Oh, never mind…)

My Mom sang that to me with love and intent in every word. I’m sending her a spiritual Valentine this year.

 

My signature song is the ubiquitous “My Funny Valentine”:

 

Your looks are laughable

Un-photographable

Yet you’re my favorite work of art

 

Now that’s love!!!

 

If I had to choose my favorite lyric that speaks to the paradox of love, I would draw from a song I wrote called “You’re in Love”:

 

Should I follow the road less traveled

Or should I stay with the path I’ve endured?

My brain’s in my heart

And my heart’s full of thoughts of you

 

This article originally appeared in the Feb. 3-16, 2011 Beachcomber. Jones is a multiple Beachcomber Music Award winner and is nominated in several categories this year, including Musician of the Year.

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