For those who attended the most romantic wedding of the year on Saturday night, it should be clear that CMC is in the loving spirit. Contrary to the idea that singledom = loneliness on Valentine’s Day, the unofficial holiday has something to offer everyone. For some, it’s the time of the year to slow down and show a bit of appreciation for a person who eases the mind and makes our heart feel like a Mexican jumping bean. For others, today is the day to put aside the ever-accumulating excuses and confess to a special person how much they rock our world. Or maybe Valentine’s Day is just the day when we appreciate how incredibly awesome we are by ourselves. Whatever state you are in this year, your loving is headed somewhere. The Forum has put together a playlist of some of our favorite indie love tunes for you all to enjoy today, whether you are serenading your lover, a secret crush, or your sexy self.

First, some playlist highlights:

“First Day of My Lifeby Bright Eyes narrates that sweet kind of love every little girl dreams of and every guy denies its existence until it jabs him in the heart. Yours is the first face that I saw. I swear I was blind before I met you. Bright Eyes mastermind Conor Oberst describes that life-changing moment when you recognize you have fallen into something truly special. 

“No One’s Gonna Love You” by Cee-Lo is a cover of the popular Band of Horses song. Of course, all of you indie aficionados are probably wondering why we would choose the cover over the original. In our perspective they are equally great, but Cee-Lo’s rendition has a heart-wrenching music video to accompany it. Cee-Lo’s video narrates the decomposition of a relationship in the most raw emotion possible. You may be thinking that this isn’t exactly something to be celebrated, but Valentine’s Day celebrates love of all kinds, and what is more real than this?

Red Right Ankle” by The Decemberists is much more interpretive. Some don’t even believe it to be a love song because it can be understood in many different ways. But for Valentine’s Day, lyrics like This is the story of the boys who loved you, who love you now and loved you then speak to a deep history between two lovers. The imagery of “muscle, bone and sinews tangled” describes a love so embedded in their beings that it exists underneath their skin.

Lastly, the song “Slow Show” by The National may be an unconventional one, as it depicts a much darker scene than would be expected from a Valentine’s Day anthem. Matt Berninger of The National is a true poet with his lyrics, and this song is a clear example of that. In “Slow Show” Berninger sings I wanna hurry home to you, put on a slow dumb show for you, and crack you up, describing the familiar feeling of being in an uncomfortable setting and longing for what is so natural and exhilarating. This song summarizes the “best friend” aspect of a relationship, when two people are so in sync and familiar with each other that they long for the comfort of each other’s presence. It is almost as if their familiarity with each other is born from a fated connection. The repetition of You know I dreamed about you for twenty nine years before I saw you at the end of the song sounds almost like a lullaby. I missed you for 29 years reinforces that sentiment that from the very start they were always meant to be together – that no one else could ever compare.

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