Love Songs Through the Ages

Music is a wonderful vehicle for the expression of feeling, the most notable example of which is the love song.  This program is a romp through centuries of love songs, beginning with a hieroglyphic specimen from an Egyptian tomb of 1500 B.C., the lyrics of which show that things haven’t changed much in the love business.   The first love song for which the music has been preserved is “Greensleeves”, from the middle ages. Many love songs have gone through a number of resurrections, such as “Plaisir d’Amour” from 1775, which returned recently in the guise of Elvis Presley’s “I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You.” Teenagers have agonized over their first loves with “Teen Angel” and “Why Must I Be A Teenager in Love.   The Chiffons dreamed of “Going to the Chapel” and Patsy Cline disintegrated with “I Fall to Pieces.”  The Texas Troubador, Ernest Tubb, thought he could “Waltz Across Texas” with his sweetheart.  Ricky Nelson said, “Hello, Mary Lou.”  Gentleman Jim Reeves asked his intended “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You?”  This singalong program has been a great favorite.

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