The Greatest Love Song

11 Feb

Four letters entrusted with a mighty, untamed and unpredictable concept. Love works in mysterious ways. Love is crazy. Love is every cliche in the book. It is original and fresh, but old and stalwart. It is sometimes evanescent, but idealistically it lasts forever. It makes you act funny. It makes you upset when everything is going well and makes you happy when everything is falling around you. It keeps you stable, but it’s as fickle as the weather.

Let’s get this straight. Love is odd and it is impossible to understand its herculean-like power. But, when you fall in love, the once inextricable vines do weaken and cripple. You are allowed to see what this crazy little thing called love is all about. People toss around the word too often. I love this. I love that. I love you. I loved that spaghetti. I loved how you prepared that spaghetti. God, I am hungry for spaghetti. I have to stop posting at 1 a.m.

It is inevitable that this word will be thrown around. Generally, words like love, that are broad semantically, are used improperly and too often. I am a violator of this. But I save my one real “love you” for my girlfriend and since we will be celebrating our fourth Valentine’s Day together, I want to feature my favorite love song, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.

My guess is she liked it

I “love” (damn, I did it) “Wonderful Tonight” because of its simplicity and genuine dedication. Clapton takes the most banal, uninteresting dinner party lyric and turns it into this symbol of adoration and love. There is no need for any crazy lyric. Love, in Clapton’s eyes, is as simple as thinking that she looks “Wonderful Tonight” and having them take care of you, and he is right. That is what is so beautiful about Clapton’s song. It is also paired with an equally simple, but amazing guitar riff that allows the guitar to guide the song. My favorite lyric:

“I feel wonderful
Because I see the love light in your eyes
And the wonder of it all
Is that you just don’t realize
How much I love you”

The lyric spills it all out there for everyone to hear. She made him feel wonderful. Her simple being makes him feel wonderful. It is a quiet display of absolute love and that is why it is a masterpiece. I hope everyone has a Happy Valentine’s Day.

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