10 March 2012

FlagLIVE 2012 FEB LOVE & Heartbreak Songs


Favorite LOVE & HEARTBREAK Songs 

Cover of FLAGLIVE FEB 2012 

I was invited to submit my favorite songs for the LOVE issue- A fun exercise in memoir - 
of course it was edited down to a couple sentences for the article but I wanted to share the process; I suggest click the link above and put your heart light on - remember the love we have experienced- achy braky heart- unrequited- and forever and a day. Count your blessings - there's nothing like hearing the audience sing " Volver Volver", one of THE most passionate love songs with Chevala Vargas with so much gusto! 

this is a work in progress - 

Chose one out of a million or choose ten -I’ve lost count of my favorites. Love songs break your heart open- the list changes with the seasons of our lives we  learn of Love’s many faces - Sentimental with the ages we learn to forgive and forget.   First crushes and we’re on our way. We roll the dice and take a chance - fooled around and fell in love and it will never be like this again - Can’t live with you or without you Honky Tonkin bee bop baby-  Some love songs are train songs hollering down the line - your heart a dime flattened on the tracks of life and someone else’s lucky dime when all you had was an operator and some loose change. It’s the kickin can Sunday morning song - Some dreams are torn bags caught in a trees, riding  fences,  caught in a trap, and  rustling wild in the wind moaning like Nina Simone and some love sets you free - 
 Joplin’s Summertime,  makes you wanna make out or remember your mother’s tender hand on your head remembered in black and white memories on snowy tv’s - There’s so many lost hearts and  flip flops; Tequila sunrises  and Pina Coladas down in Jamacia it goes on and on.  Sweetheart - Return to me -and don’t call me  darling darlin’ with an accent; “If the phone don’t ring you know it’s me “- Ooo baby,  the unexpected pains and fireworks you had no idea existed till you kiss - Hearts lifted with wings we dip and dive down the highway of love, crash and burn and are inspired to fly  again -You are the sun, the moon, the stars with Orion in your eyes - and we’re loving ,touching, squeezing the juice out of life ; Na Na Na Na Na.... drinking from the proverbial well, running on empty along the beach down to the sea of love -  We’re  lost and found on the River of no return - with your Huckleberry friend or down in Mexico where the cake was left out in the rain - yeah ain’t LOVE funny  and it’s so hard being green ? It’s the soundtrack to our life’s movie - the birds and the bees; lullabies and too short and the endless good byes and when will I see you again ? Love lifts us up and takes us down to the  deep whisky bottom of delta river blues - Thousands of kisses get lost like blue eyes crying in the rain to the sea. - City streets dark n stormy nights and starry lights in winter - hot desert nights can make you feel alone and forsaken - Makes you wanna holler for some water for your Soul.  Roses and strange fruits bloom in Spanish Harlem, in the ghetto and the Kentucky rain keeps coming down - we’ve got Elvis on the dashboard along with Jesus to help get us through the night. We hold our breath like a  late night corner sax jazz note is a long kiss good night - always and forever till the end of time  cause it’s  only rock n roll baby - 

FLAG LIVE ; LOVE SONGS  from RAEchel Running 
*Fallaste Corazon  Pedro Infante
*El Ultimo Trago  Chevala Vargas
*Volver Volver  Vincente Fernandez & Bukia
*Seven Year Ache  Rosanne Cash 
*Rolling in the Deep  Adele
*Fallaste Corazon  Pedro Infante
*El Ultimo Trago  Chevala Vargas
*Volver Volver  Vincente Fernandez & Bukia 
AMOR ! “Picante pero sabroso” - LOVE - burning HOT but delicious - Mexican Heartbreak songs can truly be expressed like none other the famous Mexican singers Pedro Infante, Chevala Vargas, y Vincente Fernandez.  They are a nice side served enchilada style for sunday mornings regrets ; the yearning and the suffering made all the more difficult to forget - they’re the salt and lime added to your wounds or your drink -- the deep cry of the earth and commiseration with strangers, instant or long time best friends who sing you back to the light from a dark place.  These songs may fill your cup with sorrow or courage to love again - 
*Seven Year Ache        Rosanne Cash 
Country rez roads and late night Navajo radio driving and dive bars - living downtown - 
HOT MONTE red lights getting your kicks on RT66 and the Kiva Lounge - Fenders, and Reggae and street preachers screaming“ JUSUS LOVES YOU ! “ Edie’s jamming upstairs and their chanting at the  Hari Krishna feast - 5 and Dimes and pennies on the tracks -Cowboys, Indians, Hippies, Tree huggers and New Agers - cruisin w/ Sista Mama - high School and katchinas - alley flowers and Max’s Tamale shop with Ranchos and The Stones in the juke box- Blue Bayou and  Emmy Lou singing your mama’s blues - Reflecting back on it all I wonder, how is it we learn to  love broken heart songs when we were so young ?
*Rolling in the Deep  Adele
I always get turned on to great music from my bro JP - late night beers at his kitchen table ; he’s cooking something great - NPR is on; the TV and itunes- it’s a his river stereo or the latest ski helmet with surround a sound. He puts it on my head and next thing I know I’m ‘Rolling in the Deep”. How did he intuit it was the song I needed followed by “Honey Badger” for comic relief. Brother love - 

*Happiness            Al Green
*Sleepwalk          Santo and Johnny
*Girl With the Faraway Eyes  Rolling Stones 
*Malagena Sala Rosa  Bud & Travis, Trio Calaveras
Total Eclipse of the Heart         Bonnie Tyler 
Happiness           Al Green
A state of being- it builds likes a wave and people break out in  spontaneous dance in the living rooms behind closed doors  ; on the side of the road ;  at weddings;  with your BBFs or alone in the kitchen one can channel Happiness - How can you not feel the LOVE when this song comes on ? You can’t help but feel a surge from head to toe and boogie -
Sleepwalk          Santo and Johnny
Slow dancing under the pine trees  at your friend’s wedding ; barefoot  in the kitchen dancing ;  late night driving under the moon on lost highways ; end of the movie tears; breakups and make ups ; I could listen to this song over and over and over again ;  when I was young I was told, “Love don’t go only lover’s do, close your eyes, the years, tears and love go by - 
Girl With the Faraway Eyes  Rolling Stones

Honky tonk on the jukebox in bars on front street down on ol’ sixty sixty - walking by looking into the dark neon - sultry summer nights- and long road trips; downtown hippy bars and Club 66-monsoon rains -on the banks of the mighty colorado under the Milky way- dancing in the dark, in the firelight singing with your compadres -hootin n hollerin in miraculous harmony - a classic honky tonkin love song and a lil’ help from sacred bleeding heart  of Jesus can always heals a pain or inspires a flame  -  timeless and forever 
*Malagena Sala Rosa  Bud & Travis  
I fell in love with Chihuahua when the US media had nothing good to say about it.  So love goes - it calls you and transcends hate and fear - We crave the words of the poet to say what we have trouble expressing - there are memories of being a baby on the south side with our Mexican neighbors - when Cinco De Mayo was about sharing Mexican culture and not a brand name beer holiday. - on my parent’s records ; Mariachis at El Charro Cafe- through open windows on summer nights - curtains billowing; on the side of the road, a blue glow from the dash board light, spinning in a slow dance - Women, men, solo and in commiseration - Mamas’ in Urique at the bottom of Copper Canyon - toothless handsome singers croon holding the long notes till a tear forms ; the yearning wafts through the years ; - we love and suffer together and toast , laugh and sing along - hearts are won, lost and found again - this is a song to fall in love and grow old with long after love’s come and gone to remember the sweetness.  Lost in translation but not in meaning -
*Tonight is What it Means to Be Young Movie: Streets of Fire 
*Total Eclipse of the Heart          Bonnie Tyler 
It’s a toss up - do I have to choose?   80’s Babies - 30 years later the era of rock n roll fairy tales still take you back to the 7th grade dance floor or the eccentrically fabulous Gay bars -Dancing Queens, spandex, high heels, shoulder pads;  back when geri curls,mullets and the feathered look were  cool - Stage lights, the ghost of Elvis and angels waiting for the sun - It’s Meatloaf and Rocky Horror - Hell is for Children and We’re living on a prayer- But we have tonight  and even if its’ the end  of the world or a new  beginning we party like it was 1999 in 2012.  More than ever we need love songs - We don’t need another hero because you’re my knight in shining armor coming to my  emotional rescue - Just between you and me , let’s make all  our dreams come true cause tonight was made for lovers and you’re my only one-  lil darlin’ we’re all waiting for love to walk in the door - so knock three times on the ceiling and answer the call, forgive and forget the past so we can live happily ever after,  imagine the world will be as One.  It’s only rock n roll baby but I like it. 

About :
Flagstaff Native, photographer, activist, educator, RAEchel Running loves "Keeping it real". She loves the path less traveled;  Cuban dark coffee;  REAL snow; Mexican street tacos and putting the LOVE as a main ingredient in her work in the food she cooks and the art she makes - from the bottom of Grand Canyon to south of the border,  Raechel's work is inspired by LOVE - for wild lands and rivers, sharing beautiful food with friends and familia; reading good books, art with art , sentimental music, learning new things about the world; She loves witnessing the unexpected miracles and celebrates the amazing and diversity of the  human spirit and the beautiful Earth.  She loves the beauty of LIFE itself.  LOVE > FEAR. 

RAEchel Running Loves  making new friends in spite of Homeland Security warnings - in Copper Canyon, Chihuahua, Mexico. www.raechelrunning.com 
RAEchel Running LOVEs the good work of her  amigos in Agua Prieta, Sonora, Mexico with friends, Gil Gillenwater, founder of www.ranchofeliz.com and fellow photographer Dawn Kish.YOUTUBE- LOVE& Heartbreak SETYOUTube LINK: FAV Heartbreak & LOVE Songs 2012 SET

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