Hey, men! Have you ever adamantly said something to your girlfriend or wife along the lines of, “You know I love you and appreciate you!”, only for her to wait for a beat and reply, “Thank you! But … why?”
Suddenly, you’re standing there tongue-tied, because like most men, you get uncomfortable when you feel vulnerable, and trying to articulate your deepest, innermost feelings can be rough.
It’s understandable for you to feel that way, but she’s still going to want to hear you say something romantic that tells her how much she means to you. — and one great idea too many people giving advice about dating, relationships and marriage forget is that there are so many creative ways to say “I love you” without necessarily having to come up with words of your own!
When I was in 5th grade, I along with a young girl named Scherezade were the only black students in our 5th grade in Texas. Of course, everyone teased me saying that we were boyfriend and girlfriend. I, of course, wanted nothing to do with her, even though she was cute.
Fast forward, 10 years later when I saw her on a visit back to Texas. What I felt was echoed in the lyrics of this song.
If I would’ve knew the girl next door
Would’ve been you
I would’ve been nice to you
A little more kind to you
I would’ve looked twice at you
If I would’ve knew the girl next door
Would’ve been you
I probably would’ve shared my grub
Depending on how close we was
By now we would be so in love
Do you have a boy or girl that you couldn’t stand that looked absolutely wonderful years later?
When there are problems in your relationship, you can’t always demand that your partner bring their whole heart in order for things to get better. You have to bring yours too! As so eloquently sung by Kenny Loggins.
Tell the truth
Don’t turn away
This is our last chance
To touch each others heart
Does anything last forever
I don’t know
Maybe we’re near the end
(So come and tell me)
Oh, how can we go on together
Now that we’ve grown apart
Well the only way to start
Is heart to heart
iLoveStrong’s Ultimate Love Song is back. There are a few twists from last season. For one, it will be the battle of the best LoveSong duets ranked by the iLoveStrong coach with the help from some of a my friends. What makes a great iLoveStrong Song, the chemistry between the artists musically and the lyrics. I will also include the top lyric in the post that helps solidify its ranking.
Each song will advance to the next round based on your comments from my Facebook Page, or comments on this page, so let’s have some fun and VOTE.
The top four seeds are as follows: #1 Endless Love by Lionel and Diana #2 Reunited by Peaches & Herb #3 Fire and Desire by Rick James and Teena Marie. #4 Baby Come to Me by James Ingram and Patti Austin.
So let’s get started with #1 Endless Love (Lionel Richie & Diana Ross) Lyric: “My Love, there is only you in my life, the only thing that’s bright.”
#16 Take Your Time (Al Green & Corrine Bailey Rae) Lyric: “I wanna take a little time just to fall in love again.”
We are down to the Final 8 and we have some heavyweight match-ups coming down to the stretch. In the Men’s Division, we may have the potential winner with #1 “Ribbon on the Sky” by Stevie Wonder versus Eric Benet’s “Spend my Life with You.
The power phrase that will help Stevie ride to the finals is stated in this awesome phrase:
Love, we can’t lose with God on our side. We’ll find strength in each tear we cry. From now on it will be you and I And a ribbon in the sky, ribbon in the sky, A ribbon in the sky for our love.
Meanwhile Eric Benet’s lyrics are strong throughout and may eventually wear out Stevie. The essence of his lyrics are captured in this phrase:
Can I just see you every morning when I open my eyes. Can I just feel your heart beating beside me every night Could we just feel this way together till the end of all time. Can I just spend my life with you.
In the other semi-final #7 Song for You (Donny Hathaway) goes up against #3 Forever, For Always For Love by Luther Vandross. Both unconventional love songs made it on their grit and determination.
Donny Hathaway captures a man who couldn’t outwardly show his love, but when it mattered was able to pull through.
I love you in a place where there’s no space or time. I love you for my life You’re a friend of mine. And when my life is over. Remember when we were together. We we’re alone and I was singing this song to you
While Luther’s song is about a second chance. How many of us don’t need one of those.
Well if I had the chance to hold you again. I would fill your heart with joy.Make you remember I’m the only one for you, yes I would.Let’s throw the bad memories out. And make this the first day of our. Forever, For Always, For Love
Get out the vote. The winners will advance to the Final Four.
There were some stunning upsets in the Women’s Division. 4 lower seeds were able to move on in the second round with #16 “At Last” by Etta James knocking off the #1 seed. #3 “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion was able to eek out a win at the last minute. I am sure Titanic #2 played a part in helping that song win.
Well here is Round #2 which includes both the Men’s and Women’s Division. Remember for each poll, you must pick a winner from the top two songs, and a winner from the bottom two songs from each group.
Please share this blog with you fellow Strivers. It’s been fun monitoring the results, but we need more participants to make it even better.
In the Men’s Division there were some close races, but in a tournament, it’s not were you are ranked that matters, but being able to survive and advance. With that said..Here are the results from the Men’s Division.
#1 Ribbon in the Sky was really no competition.
#15 Lenny Williams – “Cause I love you”, beat out the heavy favorite Billy Joel…that was a surprise.
#3 Forever, For Always, For Love defeated Van Morrison…it was very close.
#4 Spend my Life with You by Eric Benet won convincingly.
#5 I write a song for you by Earth Wind & Fire.
#11 Climax Blues Band – “I love you” won with a late surge.
#7 Donny Hathaway and #9 Robin Thicke ‘s “Lost Without You” round out the final 8.
Don’t forget to vote in the women’s division. I am sure those competitions will come down to the wire.
Welcome to the Ladies Division of the Ultimate Love Song Competition! I have to say that we have some strong competition with Minnie Ripperton’s “Loving You” in the top spot and Whitney Houston’s title track “Run to You” that saved an entire movie at #2. When Etta James’s ” At Last” is #16 on the list, you know we have some great matchups.
Once again, if you haven’t heard the song before, I would appreciate if you Google it and listen, you might be surprised. Please vote for the song that is competing against the other. Also share this with your friends. Let’s make this bigger than American Idol…LOL