Love. It is, according to Shakespeare, an ever-fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken. It’s like quicksilver in the hand, or maybe it’s like a heatwave, oxygen, water on a long hot afternoon.
Poets and song-writers have been on a centuries-long quest to define it, explain and compare it, to touch the very heart of the mysterious force that is romantic love. Feats of great eloquence, syrupy sludge, primal howls of wanting. It’s all there in the great body of music that is love songs. And who’s to say that it gets any more to the heart of the matter than the great Tom Waits – ” it was a hubba, hubba, ding dang, baby you are just everythang”
Musician, music writer and renowned romantic Tony Hillier brings you three very worthy new additions to the canon of love songs this week on Tony Hillier’s World of Music.
Ae Fond Kiss composed by Robert Burns in 1791, performed by Rachel Sermanni from the compilation CD The Rough Guide To Scottish Music
Black Is The Colour by Blair Dunlop from his debut album Blight & Blossom
Kentucky Mae from Pokey LaFarge’s self-titled debut album