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Miscellany - Here Comes the Other VD - Cue the Music
January 29, 2009
by Jay Randel

Ugh. It is February, and that inevitably brings the day when, as a society, we deem it necessary to make demonstrative statements about our romantic love through greeting cards, chocolates and dinners.

I’m not entirely a cynic. I think gestures of love are beautiful and can help remind those you care about that the pressures of day-to-day life don’t matter when it comes to love. I do have a sense of apathy, however, toward Valentine’s Day and the obligatory public declarations of love that it inspires, leaving those in LGBT relationships in a bit of an awkward position. It takes bravery to send flowers to a partner at work or to show affection in public. And the day can also be frustrating for those in the closet or those without a love interest, making them feel isolated and left out of those conversations around the water cooler.

In stressful moments like this, I turn to music for solace. A few years ago I began to look into the culture of the “mix tape” and affirmed within myself the importance of music in my life. I explored how the mix tapes of my life were essentially my soundtrack and how they would instantly trigger myriad emotions, memories and sensory recollections.

In honor of February’s manufactured “holiday,” I have taken the liberty of putting together two lists that represent some of my mix tapes. For me, these are songs of escape, inspiration, memory and hope. I hope that you, too, can create such a list and use it to help get you through the type of VD that the swipe of a Q-Tip and penicillin can’t cure.

10 Romantic Classical Music Tracks

1. “Libiamo ne’ lieti calici (Brindisi)” from La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi (This opera opens March 14 at the Lyric Opera,

2. “Des Abends” from Fantasy Pieces, Op. 12, by Robert Schumann

3. “Romance in F Major” from Six Piano Pieces, Op. 118, by Johannes Brahms

4. Fugue for Solo Guitar, BWV 1000 in A Minor, by Klaus Jackle

5. “Meditation” from Thais by Jules Massenet

6. Suite No. 5 in G Major, BWV 816, by Johannes Sebastian Bach (Simone Dinnerstein will play this in concert at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 at the Folly Theater.

7. Clair de lune by Claude Debussy

8. “Song Without Words in G minor, Op. 19, No. 6,” by Felix Mendelssohn

9. “Romanza (Andante)” from Serenade for Strings in G Major, K. 525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik), by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

10. “Che gelida manina” from La Boheme by Giacomo Puccini

Romantic Contemporary Music

1. “Something” – The Beatles

2. “Fire” – Augustana

3. “Ocean Stone” – Chris O’Brien

4. “Colorblind” – Counting Crows

5. “I Will Possess Your Heart” – Death Cab for Cutie

6. “Pretty Little Thing” – Fink

7. “Possession” – Sarah McLaughlin

8. “Ghost” – Indigo Girls

9. “Wish You Were Here” – Incubus

10. “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby” – Judy Garland

11. “Simple” – k.d. Lang

12. “Because the Night” – Patti Smith

13. “Hold You in My Arms” – Ray LaMontagne

14. “Vibrate” – Rufus Wainwright. (Wainwright will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Uptown Theater. See J.W. Arnold's interview with Rufus Wainwright at

15. “Evil Angel” – Rufus Wainwright
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