This being Valentine’s Day and being a lover of power ballads and slow songs in general, I thought I’d give you a list of my favorite slow songs and why. There are songs that bring you back when you hear them, and some maybe you didn’t realize how much they meant to you until you hear them again literally 20-30 years later.

The most important has to be my wife and mine’s song, “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain and Bryan White. Yes, it needs to have Bryan White. The pop/video edit where she sings all of the lyrics doesn’t do the song justice. Lynn and I used to sing it together and they took out my singing part and makes the song all her. I guess that makes sense since isn’t marriage all about her? *rim shot*

When Lynn was pregnant with our first and we were just beginning our serious life together back in 1999, this was a song that was big and got to me. Another of my favorite slow/ballad love songs is, “I Could Not Ask For More” by Edwin McCain. At the time I was doing 6 a.m.-6 p.m. at a manufacturing plant in Portland and on weekends at a radio station doing overnights in South Portland while Lynn was home and it made me miss her incredibly.

One from my youth is “Never Tear Us Apart” by INXS. “Never Tear Us Apart’ was the first song at a high school dance where I made out while turning in circles and hugging.

Not really a song for love, but for the good times shared with friends and coming of age. A song reminding me of starting dating, learning how to deal with break ups and all the drama goes along with high school and your teen years. Another all-time favorite ballad, “Never Say Goodbye” by Bon Jovi

“Desert Moon” by Dennis DeYoung reminds me of junior high dances sitting on the fold out metal chairs at the wall of the gym. Friends egging me on to ask a girl to dance. “Sea of Love” by The Honeydrippers is the same, both songs remind me of my tween insecurities.

Some other songs that remind of special times but too sensitive to write here in an open forum are, Phil Collins’ “Groovy Kind of Love” Kiss’ “Forever” Firehouse’s “When I look into Your Eyes” and “Always” by Bon Jovi

There are some of the “love” songs or ones that bring up memories and emotions. What are some of yours?

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