My head is stuck in the clouds

Perhaps you too are “marked by the imaginative or emotional appeal of what is heroic, adventurous, remote, mysterious…” which is how one dictionary defines one who is a “Romantic.”  If so, you no doubt realize that Romanticism (which came in part as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution) is only a few hundred years old.

But what may surprise you is that the concept of romantic love itself (i.e. romance) isn’t much older, dating back only as far as the late Middle Ages, when “of the Roman style” referred to the advent of chivalry, which eventually incorporated the notion of courtly love. Prior to that there were fertility rites.

There may have been complex forms of courtship (and the ever-ready libido), but feelings of emotional intimacy and attraction, aka the “sweet new style” (as 14th century troubadours called it) is something rather new to our species.  So take heart you dreamers, you idealists, you modern romantics with your heads stuck in the clouds. You’re living in the right age and this song’s for you.

Written and sung by Tim Lopez of Chicago-based Plain White T’s, “Rhythm of Love” was included on the band’s six album “Wonders of the Younger” in 2010 and has since sold over a million copies. It marks Lopez’s first solo lead with the group.

Formed by high school friends Tom Higgenson (who normally sings lead) and Ken Fletcher in 1997, Plain White T’s spent much of their first decade generating an underground pop punk following.  All that changed in 2007 with the release of their Number 1 hit, “Hey There Delilah,” which Higgenson wrote as a romantic paean to nationally ranked steeplechase runner, Delilah DiCrescenzo… And the “sweet new style” soldiers on.

 

 LISTEN TO THIS SONG – Saturday 23 February

Rhythm of love

 My head is stuck in the clouds

She begs me to come down

Says, “Boy, quit foolin’ around”

I told her, “I love the view from up here

Warm sun and wind in my ear

We’ll watch the world from above

As it turns to the rhythm of love”

We may only have tonight

But ’til the morning sun

You’re mine, all mine

Play the music low

And sway to the rhythm of love

 Well, my heart beats like a drum

Guitar string to the strum

A beautiful song to be sung

She’s got blue eyes, deep like the sea

That roll back when she’s laughin’ at me

She rises up like the tide

The moment her lips meet mine

We may only have tonight

But ’til the morning sun

You’re mine, all mine

Play the music low

And sway to the rhythm of love

When the moon is low

We can dance in slow motion

And all your tears will subside

All your tears will dry

 And long after I’ve gone,

You’ll still be humming along

And I will keep you in my mind,

The way to make love so fine

 We may only have tonight

But ’til the morning sun

You’re mine, all mine

Play the music low

And sway to the rhythm of love

 Play the music low

And sway to the music of love

Yeah, sway to the music of love

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