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February 15, 2013

‘If music is the food of love, play on’

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NORMAN —

One song mentioned was Ravel’s Bolero. You know the melody that was played in the movie “10.” The lovers run toward each other in slow motion carried on the wings of the Bolero melody.

There are two problems with that particular song and image. First, Bolero makes me think of camels moving slowly across the desert rather than lovers doing the 50 yard dash toward each other. Second, just once, don’t you wish that after their long run the lovers would crash into each other and fall down on their posteriors gasping for air? Now, that would be realistic.

Music provides food for the soul and body. It has the ability to not only surround you and sweep you along, but it can enter the body and take you and your senses to breathtaking places you may never want to leave. Such music is far better suited to lovers than the vision of camels moving across the desert sands.

The music of love should rise and fall, surging to a crescendo. One such song (which could be called “body music” because it enters your very being and stirs the body and the soul to greater heights) is Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.”

Another is “Unchained Melody” which also was on the station’s list. It is a haunting tune that seeps into your pores and stays with you until the last note. If you prefer a more primal tune “The Point of No Return” from “The Phantom of the Opera” could fit the bill nicely. It is a bit wicked and sensual, capturing your senses until your entire being soars.

No matter what your choice of a love song or melody may be, without music in your life you are half your whole.

Elizabeth is a freelance writer and author. Her novel, “The Dionysus Connection,” is available on Amazon or ask your bookstore to order it for you. Visit her website, www.elizabethcowan.com.

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