Happy Valentine’s Day, and why are love songs so hard to write?

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Recently I wrote an essay for The Talkhouse about why love songs are so hard to write. It’s been published just in time for Valentine’s Day.

…music alone is powerful enough to make us cry, even without the poison-tipped arrows of words. And while we’re at it, why is it that most often our response to powerful music is to cry? Why don’t we laugh or feel deep joy (although music can certainly elicit those responses as well)? Why do we respond with what feels like a deep release of some ancient sorrow…

To read the essay in its entirety, visit The Talkhouse website.