Goodnight everyone, and have an affectionate weekend!

Every Friday night we smooth our way into the weekend with music, the universal language. These selections demonstrate that despite what is being passed off as art today, there is plenty of really good music available. Come along and enjoy.

“Love is a force of nature. However much we may want to, we can not command, demand, or take away love, any more than we can command the moon and the stars and the wind and the rain to come and go according to our whims. We may have some limited ability to change the weather, but we do so at the risk of upsetting an ecological balance we don’t fully understand. Similarly, we can stage a seduction or mount a courtship, but the result is more likely to be infatuation, or two illusions dancing together, than love.”
From “The Seven Natural Laws of Love,” written in 2005 by the late clinical psychologist Deborah Anapol 

Valentine’s Day is almost here.

But seriously, how romantic can it possibly be when it falls on a Monday?

Simple. You celebrate all weekend long!

This year’s musical Valentine’s Day car opens with a haunting trumpet followed by the  soaring falsetto of Russell Thompkins, Jr. The arrangement is by Van McCoy who gave us “The Hustle.” From 1975…

Elvis’ “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” was co-written by George Weiss who also co-wrote the lyrics for the Stylistics recording. The group had 12 straight Top Ten hits in the early 1970’s including “You Are Everything,” “Betcha by Golly, Wow,” “I’m Stone in Love With You,” “Break Up to Make Up,” and “You Make Me Feel Brand New.” 

The Stylistics was one of several ensembles to capitalize on the Philly sound of the times. Another was MFSB, short for Mother Father Sister Brother, a rotating cast of of a few dozen string and horn studio musicians that recorded in Philadelphia. MFSB was best known for recording the theme to the TV program “Soul Train,” but they backed many groups, including the Stylistics.

From 1978, Barbara Ingram, Carla Benson, and Evette Benton provide the very basic background lyrics.

MFSB’s “K-Jee” is one of the tracks on the 1977 soundtrack album of “Saturday Night Fever” that stayed on the album charts for 29 consecutive months and has sold more than 40 million copies.

But all good things must come to an end. MFSB disbanded in 1981.

“Love is bigger than you are. You can invite love, but you cannot dictate how, when, and where love expresses itself. You can choose to surrender to love or not, but in the end, love strikes like lightning: unpredictable and irrefutable. You can even find yourself loving people you don’t like at all. Love does not come with conditions, stipulations, addenda, or codes. Like the sun, love radiates independently of our fears and desires.”
From “The Seven Natural Laws of Love,” written by Deborah Anapol 

Time to slow it down.

This popular song was composed by Burt Bacharach and Hal David and originally popularized by English pop singer Dusty Springfield in 1967.

From 1981. Sultry.

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In this day of e-mails, Facebook, and Instagram, does anyone even send out Valentines anymore?

The National Retail Federation reports Americans spent $21.8 billion on Valentine’s Day last year. My guess is that there had to be some cards in that heap.

And there are all kinds of Valentine recipients. The website lovepop recommends that beyond the usual suspects there are Mother Figures, Father Figures, Grandparents, Best Friend, Roommate, Kids, Pets.

“We’ve seen this trend continue around Valentine’s Day really being more about love, which includes romance, but also includes loving your kids, loving your girlfriends, loving your family,”  Lindsey Roy, the chief marketing officer of the greeting-card company Hallmark told the Atlantic.

“We want to make sure that we have options to reflect what our consumers want to say to each other and who they want to celebrate.”

When asked if Valentine’s Day is too commercialized, Roy said, “At a time in our world where it feels like there’s so much negativity, any opportunity for people to tell someone that they love them is a good thing.”

“One can buy loyalty, companionship, attention, and perhaps even compassion, but love itself cannot be bought. It comes, or not, by grace, of its own will and in its own timing, subject to no human’s planning.

Love cannot be turned on as a reward. It cannot be turned off as a punishment. Only something else pretending to be love can be used as a lure, as a hook, for bait and switch, imitated, insinuated, but the real deal can never be delivered if it doesn’t spring freely from the heart.”
From “The Seven Natural Laws of Love,” written by Deborah Anapol 

Lots of choices for this week’s segment. It has been estimated that more than 100 million love songs have been recorded. Hope you enjoyed tonight’s handful.

That’s it for this week.

Goodnight.

Sleep well.

Have a great weekend!

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