2012 Matters of the Heart | Janet Rhoads

best2012 sqThe essential companion to love is music. I don’t know if you can even have one without the other, or why you’d want to.

 

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I fell in love for the first time when I was five. The object of my affection was Bobby, a shaggy-haired, brown-eyed boy with the sweetest smile in all of Kindergarten. I was giddy when we were paired as Red Riding Hood’s parents in a school play. We stood behind a brown paper door holding hands, awaiting our “daughter’s” knock, and for a fleeting moment, the world was mine. In the pictures from that day, I am a grinning fool in a red bonnet, clasping hands with “my man.” Then the show came to an end and Bobby ran off to play with a little tart named Amanda. I was left alone in the torn paper ruins of our broken home. It’s a tale as old as time.

Bobby was the first in a long and relentless line of crushes and loves. I love Love. I love it when it’s a new and exciting crush who doesn’t even have a clue that feel that way about them. I love it when it’s a freshly opened map you are about to explore together. I love it when it’s settled and nurturing and supportive. I even try to love Love when it breaks my heart and makes me question everything about myself because, if you work at it, all of those heartaches can teach you something valuable about life that you just can’t learn any other way. Gleaning some wisdom from those painful love lessons can open you up and expand your compassion and understanding toward others as well as yourself. 

The essential companion to love is music. I don’t know if you can even have one without the other, or why you’d want to. There are songs for the giddy and joyful times, the sad and lonely times, the lusty times, the times of our content and discontent, the times for looking back on past loves, and yes, the times when your heart is just pulverized bits of dust. Music can be that which pulls you apart and puts you back together. It can make your heart swell and your pulse quicken, or be the catalyst to coax out some tears that need to be cried. Love and music just go hand in hand.

Below are my 100 favorite songs from 2012 concerning matters of the heart. They are in no particular order. With the exception of the first three songs, you can listen to all of these on my Spotify “Matters of the Heart 2012 Playlist.”

Love on, Lovers!

Top Love Songs 2012

• Reignwolf | “Palms to the Sky” (look this up on YouTube; he’s not released an LP yet)

• Young Readers | “Boxcar” (available on their Bandcamp page)

• Jump Starts | “Don’t Need Much” (available on their Bandcamp page)

• Lemolo | “Letters”

• Maps & Atlases | “Old & Gray”

• Bahamas | “Lost in the Light”

• Annie and the Beekeepers| “Come On” 

• Milo Greene | “Cutty Love”

• Communist Daughter | “Heart Attack”

• Shovels & Rope | “Lay Low”

• The Lumineers | “Flowers in Your Hair” 

• Heartless Bastards | “Only for You”

• Glen Hansard | “Maybe Not Tonight”

• Ben Howard | “Promise”

• The Temper Trap | “Need Your Love” 

• Field Report | “Evergreen”

• Santah | “I Love the Way You Seal a Deal”

• Keaton Henson | “Small Hands”

• Ponderosa | “Heather” 

• Bowerbirds | “Sweet Moment”

• Chuck Prophet | “Little Girl, Little Boy” 

• The Vacations | “Before You Change Your Mind”

• The Local Strangers | “I Will Let You Down”

• Josh Ritter | “Darlin”

• Dolorean | “What Could You Do?”

• John K. Samson | “The Last And” 

• Tyler Lyle | “Love is Not Enough”

• Trampled by Turtles | “Alone”

• Alabama Shakes | “I Found You”

• Jukebox the Ghost | “Everybody Knows”

• Father John Misty | “O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me”

• Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros | “That’s What’s Up”

• Fiona Apple | “Valentine”

• First Aid Kit | “Emmylou”

• The Avett Brothers | “I Never Knew You”

• Michael Kiwanuka | “Bones”

• Regina Spektor | “How” 

• Langhorne Slim | “Coffee Cups” 

• The Wooden Sky | “Take Me Out”

• Justin Townes Earle | “Nothing’s Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now”

• Barnaby Bright | “I Love You Softly”

• Lord Huron | “She Lit a Fire” 

• Of Monsters & Men | “Love, Love, Love”

• Spiritualized | “Too Late” 

• ZZ Ward | “Last Love Song” 

• Counting Crows | “Untitled (Love Song)”

• Stars | “Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It”

• Leonard Cohen | “Crazy to Love You”

• Andrew Bird covering Townes Van Zandt | “If I Needed You”

• Jack White | “Love Interruption”

• The Royalty | “I Want You”

• Good Old War | “Amazing Eyes” 

• Bruno Mars | “If I Knew”

• Ellie Goulding | “JOY”

• Mikky Ekko | “Pull Me Down”

• The Local Strangers | “Artificial Love”

• Amos Lee | “May I Remind You” 

• Duncan Sheik covering Howard Jones | “What is Love”

• The Mowglis | “San Francisco”

• Wax Poetic (featuring Sissy Clemens) | “No Escape”

• Ben Sollee | “Some Lovin” 

• Mariachi El Bronx covering Bob Dylan | “Love Sick”

• Greg Laswell (featuring Ingrid Michaelson) | “Landline”

• Meshell Ndegeocello covering Nina Simone | “Turn Me On”

• The Lumineers | “Stubborn Love”

• The Mynabirds | “Disarm”

• The Spring Standards | “Crushing Pennies”

• Eric Hutchinson | “Watching You Watch Him”

• Ane Brun | “Do You Remember”

• “Me Wanting You” John Fullbright

• Barnaby Bright | “Gravity”

• Tall Tall Trees | “Lonely Weekend”

• St. Lucia | “Paper Heart”

• Sara Watkins (featuring Fiona Apple) covering The Everly Brothers | “You’re the One I Love” 

• Oberhofer | “Yr Face”

• Django Django | “Love’s Dart”

• Scarlet Tanager | “The Birds of the Dawn”

• Calexico | “Para”

• Arthur and the Librarian | “One Last Fix”

• Brothers Lazaroff | “I Could Stay Here for the Rest of My Life”

• Lykke Li covering Fleetwood Mac | “Silver Springs”

• Alt-J | “Dissolve Me”

• Passion Pit | “Love is Greed”

• Whitehorse | “Mismatched Eyes (Boat Song)”

• The Walkmen | “The Love You Love”

• The Tallest Man on Earth | “There’s No Leaving Now”

• Geographer | “Lover’s Game”

• Maps & Atlases | “Important”

• Julia Stone | “Let’s Forget All the Things That We Say”

• Angus Stone | “Clouds Above”

• Lemolo | “Move Me”

• Pearl and the Beard | “A Thousand Thousands”

• The Spring Standards | “Only Skin”

• Of Monsters & Men | “Little Talks”

• La Sera | “Real Boy”

• Josh Ritter |“Can’t Go to Sleep (Without You)”

• “Losing Game” Annie and the Beekeepers 

• “Like the Dawn” The Oh Hello’s

• “Don’t You Give Up On Me” Milo Greene 

• “Loud Love” Good Old War

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