Have you ever noticed how this weekends "holiday" usually prompts a dualistic response?
Duality is 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 produces 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.
The hoopla over February 14th forces 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. Some see it as the least romantic days of the year when the majority of men act like robots, purchasing flowers and chocolate for their sweethearts out of obligation rather than celebration.
Today, TSB explores these dual perspectives to see where it leads.
However, for true romantics, who still believe in true Love, Valentine's Day symbolizes much more.
Pablo Picasso painted Love as "the greatest refreshment in life".
Robert Frost waxed poetic, describing Love as "an irresistible desire to be irresistibly desired".
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 love junkies who feel Valentine's is the best time to cozy up with "someone special" and enjoy a "chick flick" made better by a ballad that lifts the movie to legendary status.
Is this not what romantic 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 music were woven 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
and the coveted top selection on "Valentine's Day Music @ the Movies" is ...
#1. GHOST: "UnChained Melody" - The Righteous Brothers
Hope this weekend finds you happy and fulfilled - 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"
CAPT."HAWKEYE" PIERCE - M*A*S*H* 4077
p.s... This is for Guys Only - the ones who might need a few ideas this weekend!
Previously posted, February 13, 2009
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