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Staff Pick: Writing Love Songs

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The song most sung today will undoubtedly be this:

Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne
We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne

While it isn’t necessarily about the love of one person for another, it is a reminder for everyone to celebrate the friendships and relationships in their lives — the heart of a love song, really. So today we’ll leave, you, and 2010, with an ode to love.

In this show, David Miller speaks with a two local musicians, and the owner of Tony Starlight Supper Club, about love songs. How to write them. How to perform them. And how to not be scared by them.

Did you fall in (or out) of love in 2010? Did you write about it? Do you have a true love you hope stays by your side in 2011? Or a special person you want to ring in the New Year with? What is the love of your life right now? And what song best encapsulates it?


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