If music be the food of love, play on.
Love is a paradox. It’s malleable, yet sturdy. It’s ubiquitous and all-encompassing. It’s infinite and focused. We live our lives everyday in the prospect of love. And even though some of us may feel as if love has forgotten about us, as if it has left us behind and taken our peers to a world full of daydreams and happily-ever-afters, we still strive for it. To love is to be courageous, to participate in something far beyond ourselves.
For wedding season and all those summer romances beginning to blossom, here are some sappy love songs.
“Young Blood” by The Naked and Famous
Love is playful and risky. It often, as Bob Goff puts it, borders the irrational. But it is good. In all of its insecurity, it is good.
“Little Too Much” by Natasha Bedingfield
Love is not perfect, though someday it will be. So for now, look past the imperfections and love with all of your being, every day of your life. Love more, fear less.
“Devil’s Backbone” by The Civil Wars
To me, this isn’t a song about someone who is good falling for the bad guy. This song is about loving someone even when you know they are not perfect, knowing full well they have the power to break your heart.
“Home” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Home is a place for your heart to live. And though it’s much riskier to place your heart in the hands of people, I think it’s what God wanted us to do when he created us to live life together.
“Like the Dawn” by The Oh Hellos
My husband and I chose this song for our first dance at our wedding. Drawing on the Genesis narrative of Adam and Eve, it also marks the genesis of my marriage and offers me the chance to relive that moment over and over again.
“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey
They tell you physical attraction fades eventually between you and your spouse. They tell you that as you grow older, your sex drive wanes. What they don’t tell you is where that physical attraction goes, what it turns into. What if it turned into a deep perpetual longing for everything your spouse is and will someday grow to be?
“Blue Skies” by Noah and the Whale
Love is unhappy when it isn’t reciprocated. When you begin a relationship, it will either end in heartbreak or at the alter. Unfortunately, most of the time it’s in heartbreak. The bright side of the matter is that heartbreak will eventually end, in time.
“Lover of the Light” by Mumford and Sons
For those of you that are in love, but can’t commit: commit. Nobody is perfect and you’re going to hurt each other. It’s part of being human. But you love each other and if there’s anything worth struggling through and fighting for, it’s love.
“Boats and Birds” by Gregory and the Hawk
I can only imagine that this is how mothers and fathers feel about their children. I can only assume that this is also how the Father feels about all of us. He lives to make us free.
“A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri
The anticipation of love is a participation in its beauty. Waiting is hard, but what you’re waiting for is so worth it.
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