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While searching for old lyrics, I came across this 2005 article entitled Will the standards go on? Today’s lyrics often missing romantic class about standards and extinction of romantic music. Gone are the days when you can tune into new mainstream romantic ballads from the radio under candlelight. Or even have a nice choice of date night movies without seeing heads roll and some psychotic killer holding hostages for ransom who are for to sever limbs for survival. The cool thing though is my favorite music genre, Jazz, is still high in the romance department even with new stuff that comes out with my favorites. The sad thing is the lack of romance in the mainstream considering jazz is sort of a niche market. Even in the 80s and early 90s there were still love songs from my fave mainstream groups & singers of the time like Soul For Real, Troop, Lisa Stansfield, New Edition, Silk, Shai, Cherelle, Alexander O'Neal, Jodeci, A-ha, Lisa Lisa, Pebbles, etc. and so forth. Even the Bond themes had some romantic lyrics back in the day! lol

From the article:

Attach the appropriate music when reading the following lyrics:
“Heaven, I’m in heaven, and my heart beats so that I can hardly speak.”
“When I fall in love, it will be forever.”
“Memories, light the corner of my mind; misty watercolor memories of the way we were.”

Pluck the heartstrings, don’t they?
That’s the plan. These are romantic songs, specifically designed to make the
heart flutter, to bring a warm glow to the cheeks and to evoke visions of
candlelight, champagne and warm longing.
“Gettin’ crunk wit’it” and “it’s gettin’ hot in here, so take off all your clothes” just don’t seem to have the same romantic lilt.
And that’s the problem. Classy romance seems out of vogue these days when it comes to music, movies and theater.


In popular music, romance dominated from the ’30s through the late ’50s
with crooners such as Frank Sinatra, Patti Page, Nat “King” Cole and Rosemary
Clooney swooning out the radio hits.Reach blames some of the decline in romance
and sophisticated music to the rise of rock’n’roll.

“We went from the very urbane, contemporary music, very sophisticated
settings written by highly trained highly skilled composers, to basically
musical illiterates — Chuck Berry, Little Richard,” he says.

But even after rock’n’roll’s birth in the late ’50s, romance still was
a big seller in pop-music songs by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and especially
R&B artists from Motown. And Reach doesn’t completely diss rock music,
pointing out that some fine romantic songs have been written by such acts as
Stevie Wonder, the Beatles and Elton John.

But songs written in classic style are no longer coming out of rock, he

“I still think the good songs are being written,” he says. “The one
genre of popular music where the song is still the thing is country music, where
there are singer/songwriters who are very talented and skilled performers as
well as excellent songwriters.”

In the theater, romance hasn’t died, but it’s been weaved into the
cynical, ironic and sometimes crass entertainment pie of today. New musicals are
being produced onstage — Rent, The Producers, Hairspray — but they don’t lend
themselves to sticky-sweet romance.

“They’re ironic theater,” Wofford says.

“It has social commentary so it tends to be unromantic.”

Hey, Rent's a lil romantic ;-) To read the full article check it out here:


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