Friday, February 13, 2009

Be My Valentine?

Have you ever noticed how tomorrow's "holiday" usually prompts a dualistic response?

Duality is pretty much a universal concept; right or wrong, black or white, heaven or hell, inhaling or exhaling, giving or receiving, ying/yang, supply and demand, action or reaction, fight or flight, pain or pleasure, love and hate, good versus evil, left-brain/right-brain, hero or villain, bacon or eggs, PC or Mac, Leafs or Canadiens ... You get the picture.

Valentine's Day seems to produce that type of reaction.

It's either for or against, nothing in between and zero fence-sitting when you ask people for an opinion on how they feel about Valentine's Day.

Valentine's Day appears to force people into one of two camps. Those who can't wait for the holiday to arrive and the surprises it may bring ...and those who shudder at the very thought of being single on a day when you are not "supposed" to be.

Today, TSB explores these dual perspectives to see where it leads.

However, for true romantics, Valentine's Day symbolizes so much more.

Pablo Picasso pictured Love as the greatest refreshment in life. Robert Frost waxed poetic, calling Love an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired while Zsa Zsa Gabor called Love a game that two can play and both can win.

How much a heart can hold cannot be measured or defined by either the poet or the scientist but that matters little to those who feel Valentine's is the best time to cozy up with "someone special", enjoy a "chick flick" and even better if the film serves up a hit song that lifts the movie to legendary status.

Is this not what memories are made of?

Today on TSB, we countdown the Top 5 Valentine's Day Music @ the Movies of all time. Think of this list as those magical moments in film history when words, pictures and a song came
together - seamlessly ...

#5. THE BODYGUARD: "I Will Always Love You" - Whitney Houston

#4. JERRY MAGUIRE: "Secret Garden" - Bruce Springsteen

#3. TITANIC: "My Heart Will Go On" - Celine Dion

#2. NOTTING HILL: "When You Say Nothing at All" - Ronan Keating

#1. GHOST: "UnChained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers

This posting will likely cause some to sneer and others to swoon, but either way that's okay.

Hope tomorrow finds you happy - in your way - on Valentine's Day.

"Without love, what are we worth? Eighty-nine cents! Eighty-nine cents worth of chemicals walking around lonely"

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