February 7, 2013

Love, According to Pop Stars. ~ Thandiwe Ogbonna

Photo: Leland Francisco

For as long as we can remember, we have been in love with love.

The ancient texts speak of it. Wise men explicate it. Lonely men pine for it.

We write about it, we paint pictures of it, we take pictures of it. We try desperately to understand this enigma that seems to elude us, while, at once, being all around us.

Music is one way to capture and relate those things that we cannot comprehend. It is there for us when meager words are not enough. Or when we feel something we don’t quite understand, but want to share with others.

Ergo, the love song.

“What is love?” Nestor Haddaway asks us in his 1993 hit.

I will not even attempt to define it. Love has so many facets, so many levels, so many manifestations—I dare not say I fully know it. Instead, I have chosen a few popular love songs, written over the span of several decades, that embody the way I feel about this forever evasive, yet constantly present, miracle.

Fever—Peggy Lee

Higher and Higher—Jackie Wilson

In Your Eyes—Peter Gabriel

And a little something from my lifetime—

Ain’t No Other Man—Christina Aguilera

What love songs speak to you? Share in the comments below.

Bonus: Love, according to an ancient text.

“Love is patient; love is kind. It does not envy; it does not boast; it is not proud. It is not rude; it is not self-seeking; it is not easily angered; it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”

~ 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

An aspiring hoop dancer who dreams of flying, Thandiwe Ogbonna is a recently graduated, sometimes aggravated, partially animated and fully fascinated editor, who timidly ventures into the minefield of writing. You can read her blog at m2the4th.blogspot.com or email her at [email protected].


Like elephant Love on Facebook

Ed: Lynn Hasselberger

You must be logged in to post a comment. Create an account.

Grayson Malakai Feb 12, 2013 4:10am

Though reading out this post I've come to know about the Love, According to Pop Stars. ~ Thandiwe Ogbonna as well. It is really informative post to me and got much pleasure to visit this. Thanks for this nice allocation and please continue more new updates for us……..

Charis Feb 8, 2013 10:19am

Brandy Carlisle: The Story

edie Feb 8, 2013 9:22am

Very creative….thanks….

Read Elephant’s Best Articles of the Week here.
Readers voted with your hearts, comments, views, and shares:
Click here to see which Writers & Issues Won.

elephant journal

Elephant Journal is dedicated to “bringing together those working (and playing) to create enlightened society.” We’re about anything that helps us to live a good life that’s also good for others, and our planet. >>> Founded as a print magazine in 2002, we went national in 2005 and then (because mainstream magazine distribution is wildly inefficient from an eco-responsible point of view) transitioned online in 2009. >>> elephant’s been named to 30 top new media lists, and was voted #1 in the US on twitter’s Shorty Awards for #green content…two years running. >>> Get involved: > Subscribe to our free Best of the Week e-newsletter. > Follow us on Twitter. Fan us on Facebook. > Write: send article or query. > Advertise. > Pay for what you read, help indie journalism survive and thrive—and get your name/business/fave non-profit on every page of elephantjournal.com. Questions? Send to [email protected]