Posted by: Laurence Harmon on 1/13/2011

    The oldest Baby Boomers will begin turning 65 this year. We were dating teenagers in the sixties and seventies, then marrying in the seventies and eighties. Some of us were divorcing as the decades passed, only to love again.

    Over the course of our lives love songs have become indelibly linked to these treasured moments. Perhaps it was meeting our "first love," or maybe it was a dance with a special someone. Or the song marked the rekindling of the flame with a life-long mate. Anyway, here are my favorites:

    1. “The Twelfth of Never” by Johnny Mathis. A dreamy quarterback sang this to me as he moved us through the crowded homecoming dance--and he wasn't even my date!

    2. “Always on My Mind” by Willie Nelson.

    3. “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” by Roberta Flack. I never heard anyone hold a note that long!

    4. “Let It Be Me” by the Everly Brothers

    5. “Can't Help Falling in Love” by Elvis.

    6. “The Sweetest Thing (I've Ever Known Is Loving You)” by Juice Newton

    7. “For You” by John Denver

    8. “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston

    9. “Could I Have This Dance (for the Rest of My Life)” by Anne Murray

    10. “Song for a Winter’s Night” by Sarah Mclachlan. One evening when I was raw with exhaustion from working 20-hour days for weeks on end and on the brink of tears, my pajama-clothed husband approached my home office door, put his iPod in the speaker station and asked me if I would like to dance. He has a great voice and moves like a dream. The pressure and fatigue fell away as we moved about the desks and chairs and he sang this in my ear. It was way better than that 17 year-old quarterback.




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