Tuesday, February 13, 2007


We love our tunes. Ray picked up this CD at Starbucks the other day. They really have great music at Starbucks. This one is a collection of love songs, just in time for Valentines Day. I also love the art on the CD cover. Aren't those great shoes?

A week or so ago I was with my friend and her husband at Starbucks and they were playing this CD. The song that was playing was "Suzanne" by Leonard Cohen. I nominate "Suzanne" for the most romantic song ever written. My friends didn't seem to be familiar with it or Leonard Cohen—inconceivable!

"Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China . . . ."

Big sighhhhhh . . .
Maybe you had to have been there, somewhere around 1967. But, that's the magic of music. A song can take you right back to a place and time and you remember how the light looked and who was there and how the room smelled. I think that is why the music of your youth is the music you love all your life.

Besides Leonard, the CD has Frank Sinatra and Smokey Robinson and Sara Vaughan and Nina Simone and a fabulous version of "My Heart Cries for You" by Serena Ryder. I had never heard of Serena Ryder, but this song is dynamite. You can check out the CD on Starbuck's site here. Just listen to a little bit of "My Heart. . ." It's the last one. #16. Bet you'll like it.

Oh, and here's Suzanne

Happy Valentines Day, all you romantics!


  1. didn't Judy Collins do that way back when? I loved that song. Thanks for the tune..I likethis version too.

  2. Anonymous10:05 AM

    Oh, yes! I do remember this song. It makes me feel all putty-like inside whenever I hear it.

    Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  3. Anonymous10:00 PM

    Oh my gawd, I had forgotten. Even your naming it didn't trigger any memories. And then up it came out of my speakers and I was transfixed. Jer came running downstairs to see what I had found, where I had found it.


    And maybe Judy Collins is the version I'm remembering -- but oh those chord changes.

  4. Leonard Cohen is my all-time favorite songwriter. Have you heard Halleluia (sp?) It is the most amazing song. Not quite as positive as Suzanne but the lyrics are amazing.

  5. I remember Suzanne. We sang it in the band I was in. It always made me feel quite unstable emotionally...