All You Need is Love: A Playlist for Marital Bliss.

Via Michelle Margaret Fajkus
on Aug 9, 2013
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16 All-Time Favorite Love Songs

I used to play old Beatles records on my parents’ record player. And Thriller. I loved the photo of Michael Jackson with the baby tiger.

I used to make mix tapes.

Then, from 2005 to 2011, I made mix CDs for my friends and family for Christmas. I abandoned the practice in 2012, due to living abroad where the postal service is not too reliable and the advent of digital music technology. Although I definitely appreciate iTunes, my iPad mini and other online music services such as Pandora, I must say, it is sad to think of vinyl records becoming extinct.

I got married on July 19.

We didn’t have a wedding, but if we had, I would have played these songs at the reception.

1. “At Last” by Etta James

She will bring me to tears.

2. “All You Need is Love” by The Beatles

There nowhere you can be that isn’t where you’re meant to be. It’s easy…

3.”Cirandar” by Seu Jorge and Almaz

Our daughter’s middle name is Ciranda because of this song. Jade Ciranda was born on January 6, 2013.

4.”The Lovecats” by The Cure

Love. Cats. Let’s dance!

5.”Jesus, Etc.” by Norah Jones

I adore this Wilco cover by badass fellow Texan, Grammy-winning Norah Jones.

6. “The Best of What’s Around” by Dave Matthews Band

For old times’ sake.

7.”You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by The Rolling Stones

If you try sometimes, you just might find you get what you need.

8.”I Feel Good” by James Brown

9.”Dancing Machine” by The Jackson Five

10.”Rock With You” by Michael Jackson

Relax your mind.

11.”Hey Jude” by The Beatles

I change Jude to Jade and sing it to the baby.

12.”Could You Be Loved,”  Bob Marley and the Wailers

13.”Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)” by Regina Spektor

14.”Let’s Stay Together” by Al Green

15.”Me Gustas Tu” by Manu Chao

Me gusta Guatemala!

16.”Love” by John Lennon

Love is real; real is love.



P.S. What is your favorite love song? Leave a comment below to expand the playlist!

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Ed: Sara Crolick


About Michelle Margaret Fajkus

Michelle Margaret is a Gemini yogini, writer, teacher and retreat leader who founded Yoga Freedom in 2002 in Austin, Texas. Her home since 2012 is Lake Atitlán, Guatemala where she lives in a tiny eco cabin with her Colombiano partner and their adorable daughter, dog and two gatos. Michelle has been writing this column for elephant journal since 2010 and has written some inspiring books, with more on the way. She leads yoga and mindfulness retreats and serves as the retreat managers for the stunningly beautiful Villa Sumaya on majestic Lago Atitlan. Her lineage is the very esoteric Yoga Schmoga, which incorporates hatha yoga asana, dharma (Buddhist) teachings, pranayama (breath work), yin yoga, mindfulness practices and meditation. Join Michelle on retreat in Guatemala!


5 Responses to “All You Need is Love: A Playlist for Marital Bliss.”

  1. Natalie says:

    Great playlist. Some old favorites and some new. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Great playlist….someone who shares the same tastes! I am picking a number of these for my wedding in 2 weeks….namaste 🙂

  3. Vedder Lover says:

    You forgot 'For Once in My Life' by Stevie Wonder!

  4. michelle says:

    Yay! Hope you have a great and special day!

  5. Bob Fajkus says:

    Great List. Some of my favorite songs!