“This Kiss” by Faith Hill has always been a favorite of mine. Released in 1998, it was number one of the Country charts and reached number three in adult contemporary proving how often country is really categorized as “crossover” since it can have a wide appeal. “This Kiss” was written by Beth Nielson Chapman (a songwriter powerhouse – take a look at her link to see how many hits she’s written) along with Robin Lerner and Annie Roboff and the song was actually incorporated into the soundtrack of the movie, Practical Magic (a forgettable movie starring the nevertheless talented Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman). Book note: Practical Magic is based on the book of the same name by Alice Hoffman, and I’ve yet to read a book of hers I didn’t enjoy, since she’s big on magic and strong female characters. You might want to check it out.
“Just a Kiss” by Lady Antebellum does a great job suspending the listener in that moment of total potential when you have a first kiss with someone you are falling in love with. Band member Charles Kelley said that he drew upon his first kiss with wife Cassie McConnell when all of the members sat down to write this. I’m guessing their marriage is awesome.
“Kiss Me” by Sixpence None the Richer, which people always said was a Christian band, but I think they might have been a regular rock/pop band in which the band members were simply open about their personal faith. This song is a teen movie and tv show powerhouse, appearing in the movies She’s All That, Not Another Teen Movie and TV shows like Dawson’s Creek, The Young and the Restless, Days of our Lives, and my personal favorite, 7th Heaven (before those horrible twins starting talking – they were the moment the show jumped the shark).
“History in the Making” by Darius Rucker is a totally brilliant love song written by Rucker along with Clay Mills (who has written songs for Diamond Rio and Trisha Yearwood) and Frank Rogers (a known producer and session musician who has written songs with good friend Brad Paisley as well as big name country stars like Kenny Rogers). Rucker is well-known as the former lead singer and musician for Hootie and the Blowfish, who later struck out on his own as a rock solo artist before transitioning from rock to country music. He is, astonishingly, only the second African American to ever win an award from the Country Music Association (I mean, I know there aren’t a lot of black people in country music, but seriously?) and the first to win for Best New Artist. I have always thought his voice was amazing, but the lyrics to this song resonate with love.
There’s your music Monday – I know it’s a little heavy on country music, but can I help it that country music does such a great job writing about love?