A Love Song Mixtape
Tracks with heart from Erie's music scene
Love Songs. They're pretty much the basis for 99% of pop music. It's not just the Top 40 purveyors that have a monopoly on love or the lack thereof, however. We wanted to create a musical collage, with the theme of love being interpreted in different ways by different ears. Posing a simple question, we asked some key members of the local music scene to pick a favorite love song of theirs and let us know why. So here's a little mixtape from them to you.
Steve Trohoske - bassist of Stephen Trohoske's Art Groupies, Ahimsa Beat, et. al.
"Martha" by Tom Waits
It's a rediscovery of love many years later after two people have lived different lives, loved and lost their spouses, raised their children, and reached out for each other, thinking back to when love still had romance. It's sad, sweet and filled with that romance.
Mark Gorski - Lead Guitarist of Real Fake Doors
"Baby I'm yours" by Barbara Lewis
The song has a classic old-time feel, with lyrics that are simple and sweet, and music that is perfect for a slow dance.
Jonny Evans, DJ; Emcee of The LEC
"Shining Star" by The Manhattans
Dave Defranco - Bassist of Hard Luck Story, The New Morning Sunrise, and Save Yourself
"She's Got You" by Patsy Cline
Describes a very specific brand of pain in a relatable way, and it's sung by one of
Roxann Hudock - Singer of Black Moon Mistress
"No One's Gonna Love You" by Band Of Horses
Carlos Rivera, Singer/guitarist of Mala Sangre and the Trotts
"I Want You Around" by Ramones
It's off of Road to Ruin and on the soundtrack to Rock 'n' Roll High School. I like the song because of the cadence during the chorus, and who doesn't want their significant other around. Touches the heart.
Brittany Morton, Singer of The Groove
"I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston
Teddy Rankin - Singer/Songwriter
"First Day of My Life" by Bright Eyes
This is my favorite love song because the lyrics are an amazing piece of poetry that truly captures the feeling of love. It should be played at every wedding for all time!
Abby Badach Doyle - Singer/fiddle player of Gem City Revival
"Tougher than the Rest" by Bruce Springsteen
I just finished Bruce Springsteen's brilliant autobiography, Born to Run. It shook me in the best way to see The Boss – the picture of masculinity – write with intense vulnerability writing about falling (and staying) in love with his wife, Patti Scialfa. This captures that vulnerable feeling of knowing you've found real love but still being afraid to give your heart up. They perform it as a smoldering duet in Springsteen on Broadway.
Jordan Sigmund, Singer
"Lovesong" by The Cure.
Brooke Surgener - Singer/Songwriter
"I will follow you into the dark" by Death Cab for Cutie
I first heard this song at 15 years old, it's a song that has grown with me and meant many things through different relationships – including my brother, ex-boyfriends, best friends, and my father. No one wants to be alone, and it's a song about being there for someone, through life and death. Anytime I play it, or just listen to it, it never gets old.
Robert Jensen - Founder of Basement Transmissions; Beats, Samples, and Synths for Green Fingers and Jensen & Three Sharks
Rhesus Negative by Blanck Mass
I choose this song because it is relentless, progressive in its use of sampling, both experimental and listenable and in my opinion, is just plain fantastic! I love that the vocal processing and I think it was produced by using a kids karaoke machine. Blanck Mass is half of the electronic duo Fuck Buttons that records in a similar nature but has not released any music in four years.
Adam McKillip, Singer/Songwriter, Mandolin player of The Probables and Smilo & The Ghost
"You and Me" by You+Me
It's by You + Me(Which is Dallas Green and Alecia Moore "Pink") the song is called You and Me. The chorus is: "And they say everything it happens for a reason." You can be flawed enough but perfect for a person, someone who will be there for you when you start to fall apart, guiding your direction when you're riding through the dark, oh, that's you and me." It's a beautiful song that shows even if you feel flawed you are deserving of love.
Abby Barret - Violist of Abigail Lynn Music
"Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini" by Sergei Rachmaninoff
"I don't have words for this piece of music."
Steve Weiser - Percussionist; Executive Director of the Erie Philharmonic
"Peace" by O.A.R.
Through thick and thin, this song has always been the perfect way to be reminded about what is most important in my life.
Michael Hibbler II - Drums for The Monk's Brew, Cult Classics, The
"One and Only" by Adele
This is my favorite love song because – for me and my wife – it's "our song." It tells the story of letting your defenses down and giving the unexpected a chance, to prove they can be the best thing that ever happened to them.
Ryan Bartosek - Bassist; Promoter at the King's Rook Club
"The Ballad of Love and Hate" by The Avett Brothers
Everyone craves love, seeks it out, is desperate for it. When you don't have it in your life, if you've had it then lost it, those times can be dark and scary. I feel this song gives hope that those dark times are only temporary.
Ralph Reitinger III, Bassist of Eric Brewer and Friends, The Jeff Fetterman Band, The Charles Brown Experience, et. al.
This song has so much passion and soul – how could you not sing with it. Also,
Adam Holquist - Keyboard player and multi-instrumentalist for
"The Luckiest" by Ben Folds.
Ben Folds has written plenty of songs that are goofy and even downright
"Morbid" Rob Burke - Singer of Maniacal Device
"I'll Be Your Sister" by Motörhead
A wise man once said, "If you don't like Motörhead, fuck you". That wise man was me. Dirty and beautiful, Lemmy cuts right to the chase on this tune. No frills, no flowers, right to the meat of the matter.
(note: due to publishing constraints, some of these tracks did not appear in the print edition)