Measure For Measure: What Is Love?

[caption id="attachment_212359" align="aligncenter" width="570"] James Joyce called those life-altering moments "epiphanies." Photo Public Domain[/caption] “Some people can sleep at nighttime believing that love is a lie,” Paul McCartney sings in “Some People Never Know” from 1971. Alas, he’s right: Some of us will never know what love is. But everyone has an opinion about it, especially songwriters, and every decade in the modern era (reckoning from Hank Williams) has had its own way of answering this timeless question. Creative challenge #1: Listen to the song sampler below and complete the sentence “Love is....” for each. Examples: “In The Still Of The Night” (Five Satins) — “Love is holding you tight.” “Love Is Just A Four-Letter Word” (Bob Dylan) — “Romantic love is a cruel illusion.” 1950s: “Your Cheatin’ Heart,” Hank Williams; “Since I Don’t Have You,” The Skyliners; “You Send Me,” Sam Cooke 1960s: “Here, There And Everywhere,” Paul McCartney; “Spanish Harlem,” Ben E. King; “God Only Knows,” Beach Boys; “Red Red Wine,” Neil Diamond; “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” Frankie Valli 1970s: “Time In A Bottle,” Jim Croce; “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” Roberta Flack; “If,” Bread 1980s: “Longer,” Dan Fogelberg; “You’re The Inspiration,” Chicago;…

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