Sure, I sound cynical. That is the "cool" thing to do, isn't it? However, we can take those lemon, commercial concepts and magically make the sweet tasting nectar known as red wine out of it. You thought I was going to say lemonade, didn't you? Who has lemonade on Valentine's Day?
If you get passed the profits, you can capitalize on the day, yourself, and allow it to be what retailers want you to see - a celebration of love. And with great love celebrations, come great theme songs. What is the theme song of your love life?
I am sure there are a lot of great stories out there. Love lives with themes such as "Endless Love" or "Through the Years," and other great prom theme type songs. Oh, how I would have loved to have claimed, "She Believes in Me" as my love theme. Sadly, no.
It was almost a great and cheesy song for me, yessiree! The most magical night that could have been a great forever story should have crescendoed at my college fraternity formal dance. I worked hard to get the girl of my dreams to be my sweetheart. It wasn't easy. It came with a lot of bumps and bruises. However, the elements miraculously came together and she announced that she would be honored to accompany me to my Rose Formal Dance
We talked a lot between the invitation and the dance. I told her how I felt about her and that the look in her eyes when she looked at me, sometimes, revealed a promise of wonderful story for us. I told her that it reminded me of the song, "Almost Paradise." She gave me a nervous smile and I changed the subject. A few weeks later, we were at the dance and we were having a great time. Then, about halfway through the night, the DJ announced, "This song is for Jeff." And so it was that "Almost Paradise" filled the room and with it almost all my fraternity brothers and their dates swayed to "our theme." I bent over and said, "How about that! This song is special to another Jeff in my fraternity." She said, "It is you, silly, I had it played for you." I was silly. I was silly to think "Almost Paradise" was going to be my love theme for my life.
It's been years, and other loves have come and gone, even a wife - not without great effort from me to keep the embers of love to still warm my life. So, it came to me this week, the song I would really need to claim as the theme song for my love life. "Doing the Best that I Can," by Elvis Presley. The lyrics are uncannily a perfect fit. If you aren't familiar with them, and you have any interest in this post, give it a listen. You simply can't get the message from the title.
So, what's your theme song?