Happy Valentine’s Day from John Aielli

What came first, the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns, or watching violent videos, that some sort of culture of violence will take them over. Nobody worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, rejection, pain, misery and loss. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable? Or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?

If there’s anyone whose opinion on Valentine’s Day is worth listening to, its probably the man who has experienced decades of music written by bleeding hearts, to be listened to by bleeding hearts. If you have the strength (or naiveté) to still believe in love, perhaps you should reconsider and listen to the John, he knows what he’s talking about.

John gifted us with two Spotify playlists to accompany you on the romantic holiday. Now you can shoot dirty looks at all the people in the park who think they’re in love while secretly listening to Édith Piaf, wishing you could be in love too.

Unfortunately, Spotify does not have all of the songs that John wanted on the playlist, particularly Joni Mitchell’s cover of “You’ve Changed”. We highly recommend you go through “alternative” internet sources to listen to the song. Or, you know, find a physical copy.

–Ryan Wen

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