Happy Valentine's Day, Don't Forget To Listen To Music!
It is a day devoted to love whether you like it or not. What better way to set the mood than to put on some tunes. Driving home this evening I listened to many possibilities. All-4-One was one (pun intended). K-Ci & JoJo was another. Don't get me wrong those are fantastic options.
What if for a moment we take a left turn and take a chance on a jazz tune that can take your mind to a place full of love and devotion. A jazz tune so powerful, I nearly veered off the road.
That tune is of course, In A Sentimental Mood by two jazz greats, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane. It's an absolutely transformative piece of music. Seemingly improvised, yet with a singular theme and a familiar refrain. That familiar refrain is heard throughout the song and every time you hear it, it absolutely pulls at your heart. For a brief moment you try to remember which film you heard it in. For a quick second it feels like you've listened to it at a party. It is certainly possible, but what is more remarkable about this song is that it reminds you how you felt, when you first fell in love.
At it's best that's what good music does. It takes us places where we can't easily travel. Happy Valentine's Day and don't forget to stream In A Sentimental Mood below.