Make your own sound- track to Valentine’s Day

My friend and me/Looking through her red box of memories/Faded I’m sure/But love seems to stick in her veins you know – The Verve

With the star-loaded film Valentine’s Day premiering this weekend, Amy Winehouse’s cover of the Sam Cooke classic “Cupid,” could become an earworm for the masses. Instead of buying yet another soundtrack, why not create an original disc from music you already own? Give the compilation to your amour, or use it to set the mood for a storied V-day dinner. Some soundtrack suggestions:

1. Sonnet—The Verve (Urban Hymns)
It begins with the above quotation, and gives you chills with a chorus reminiscent of George Harrison’s “My Sweet Lord.” Urban Hymns is string-laden, psychedelic Brit-pop at its best.

2. Inside of Me—Madonna (Bedtime Stories)
From the pop diva’s most soulful, R&B-infused record to date, this song is Madge at her most vulnerable.

3. Are you a Hypnotist??—The Flaming Lips (Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots)
The Lips’ ambient, dreamy space-pop record has Wayne Coyne asking: “What is this/Are you some kind of hypnotist/Waving your powers around the sun eclipse behind the cloud?”

4. Lovers Rock—Sade (Lovers Rock)
Her soulful, sultry voice, backed by primal slide-guitar, bongos, and bass-driven grooves, takes you to the Caribbean in the dead of winter.

5. My Funny Valentine—Chet Baker (Chet Baker Sings)
If you want to hear this Rodgers and Hart classic, why not play the 60’s “cool school” jazz trumpeter version? Chet’s voice is as smooth as his sound.

6. Disappear—Mazzy Star (Among My Swan)
The chime-tingling, psychedelic-blues sound of the leadoff track to Mazzy Star’s third disc blends seamlessly with Hope Sandoval’s haunting vocals.
And now for dessert: Even allergy-prone chocoholics can indulge at Centerport’s Azure Chocolat, where the hand-made works of art are made with all natural, gluten-free ingredients. V-day specials include Hot Lips made of Belgian dark chocolate, and Velvet boxes filled with truffles and caramels.

7. Hold On—Hot Chip (Made in the Dark)
After treating yourself to some decadent chocolate, become one with the music of the British electro-pop quintet as they declare: “I’m only going to heaven if it tastes like caramel.” Ditto.

lisa heffernan

Lisa Heffernan received a master’s in Communications from Emerson College before moving to New York. She has worked for publications such as: Details, Nylon, Rolling Stone, Time Out, Newport Mercury, American Songwriter and W magazine.