A long-married reader noted elsewhere a couple of songs that would be on her list. It occurred to me that other people (and Joanna and I) might be interested in songs that have particular meaning for readers’ relationships (marriage or otherwise). Hence, this page.

Within days, people began sharing wonderful songs and touching stories. Some have come from friends and family, others from unknown strangers. So if you’d like to share a song title or two (with or without a link and/or the artist’s name), along with a short explanation of why it’s important, feel free to do so below in the comments section. Thank you.


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  1. Lia Luisi

    January 24, 2014 at 4:46 am

    James, I don’t know if you remember from when you taught me those many moons ago, but I am a procrastinator. Hence the late entry so close to February. I love the idea though, and I am determined to crank out this post before I have to head to work.

    Steve and I were introduced by a mutual friend at a time when I had given up guys. A week later we went on a date…and we never stopped. On our fifth anniversary of dating, we got engaged. About year seven, we got hitched. In April, we will have been together for 11 years total, and we celebrated our third wedding anniversary this past November.

    Our wedding was so much fun, but one thing I didn’t really plan out was the music. I had a general idea, but as of 10 p.m. three days before the wedding, with all of our wedding party heading in to town the next day, we had yet to select any of the music for the reception. I had a list of first dance options, and by 1 a.m., Steve finally picked one.

    We didn’t really have “a song,” but there were several songs that I felt summed up our relationship. We’ve been best friends almost since day one, and we have so much fun together that I can’t imagine life without him.

    That night we selected our first dance song, through tired eyes and ears, Steve vetoed most of my options. They were either too fast to dance to (neither of us are the most suave on the dance floor) or too slow for him. That last argument is funny because the song he chose is super slow and maybe a little too sexy for a first dance. At any rate, here are the songs I chose to share.

    “The Beauty of Who You Are” – Marc Broussard — A friend from New Orleans introduced the music of Marc Broussard to us. We love all of his music, and this song is a particularly lovely one…and was Steve’s choice for our first dance. It felt like the longest first dance of all time, but we still love the song.

    “Wrapped Up in You” – Garth Brooks — This song was one of my first dance choices. It just sums up how we feel about each other. When the world gets crazy, we carry each other through.

    “For Once in My Life” – Stevie Wonder — I had to kiss a lot of frogs before Steve came into my life. This song just makes me think of him. And it’s classic Stevie Wonder. Try not to dance to it.

    “Songbird” – Eva Cassidy — This song was in one of my favorite movies, “Love Actually.” I sought it out, and the lyrics and music are just so beautiful. I thought it would have been a great first dance, but Steve thought it was too slow. Regardless, it also sums up how I feel about him — and vice versa, I’m sure.

    “Still Into You” – Paramore — This song is more recent. I’m not a fan of Paramore, but I do love this song. It’s upbeat, catchy, and the chorus just explains where we are at right now. I have to sing along happily with the chorus when it comes on!

    This post might not even fit on the page, and I have no idea if the links will work or not. I’m not tech savvy. So I hope I haven’t ruined the page/project. I love the idea, and I love that you two are still in love after all these years!

    Happy Anniversary in February!!! And thank you for letting all of us share in the celebration from afar.



    • James McPherson

      January 24, 2014 at 6:01 am

      Though of course I remember you (I drive through the town of Rosalia, Washington, four or five times a year and often think of you when I see the sign), I didn’t remember you being a procrastinator — I just thought that was part of being a student, and journalism/communication types are probably that way more than most. I need deadlines, I know. 🙂
      I’m glad that you and Steve found each other — it seems that sometimes “giving up” is what it takes to find the right person.
      I love the story, and these are great songs. I can remember dancing to “For Once in My Life” in college (yes, I’m that old). Like us, the two of you obviously enjoy a range of styles — and I obviously appreciate the fact that just one song won’t do. Thank you for sharing your story and the songs. And congrats to you both on your 11 years together.



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  5. Angie Pappas

    February 6, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    I took my sweet time with this assignment, but, of course, always intended to contribute. You and Joanna knew Steve and I in our earliest days together, and these are two songs that were included on our wedding soundtrack. They still take me back to those heady days road tripping up the coast with Steve, on our way to Spokane for the start of a new school year.
    The Beatles are a must, always. And Sloan is probably the defining band of our relationship. (They’re kind of like a Gen X, Canadian version of the Beatles?)



    • James McPherson

      February 6, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Thank you, Angie. Great songs — and believe it or not, I still have your wedding soundtrack and occasionally play it at the beginning of a class. At least twice I’ve had students say, “You listen to Weezer?” 🙂 Congrats to you and Steve on your happy marriage.



  6. mohammad

    June 4, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    i was searching some good classic songs suddenly find your blog and i really enjoy it..as an iranian,a young boy, really congratulate you because of your lovley life,hope the best wishes for you.



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