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Non-Cheesy Valentine’s Day Songs That Are Jazzy on the Ears

Cupid has brought Valentine’s Day back to Earth, and you’d want to celebrate February 14 with your loved ones over pancakes and waffles. Whether you’ll be spending it the classic way with your romantic partner or with family members, relatives, and friends (go ahead and call it “Galentine” if you’re a female who’s prepping up for a little get-together with your girl best friends like me and my besties), the right music is bound to add extra flair to your Valentine’s Day.

Looking for good old love songs that are on the jazzy side and not overly sappy, cheesy and sentimental? Add these titles to your playlist, and you’re bound to have a whimsical February 14. All these tunes are best served with chocolates, puddings and a mug of cappuccino, of course.

“It Had To Be You” ~ Harry Connick Jr.
From the iconic Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal rom-com When Harry Met Sally.

“My Baby Just Cares For Me” ~ Jeff Goldblum & The Mildred Snitzer Orchestra feat. Haley Reinhart
Hollywood star Jeff Goldblum tapped into his musical side by making a jazz record with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra featuring a number of jazz standards. Platinum recording artist and songwriter Haley Reinhart joined him in his version of “My Baby Just Cares For Me”, which became the very first single he promoted from the album.

“S’wonderful” ~ Tony Bennett and Diana Krall
Watch what happens when two jazz greats collaborate on a jazz record. “S’wonderful” is the first track from Tony Bennett and Diana Krall’s newest release Love Is Here To Stay. The whole album would make a delightful Valentine’s Day listen.

“Cheek to Cheek” ~ Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong
Once you’re done playing the Fred and Ginger version, swing with Ella and Louis as they show your their take on this cheeky tune.

“Taking a Chance on Love” ~ Renee Olstead
Renee has a special jazz voice, and this lovely song from her self-titled debut album makes a lovely companion for your Valentine’s Day brunch.

“A Lovely Night” ~ Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone
Yes, I know it’s every bit of an anti-love song, but its playful, jazzy flair still makes it perfect for an evening out with your crush, your friends, or better yet, your anti-love. You might even attempt the Sebastian and Mia tap dance the La La Land number is famous for.

“Fly Me To the Moon” ~ Frank Sinatra/Julie London
No matter how many times (and ways) this has been played, “Fly Me To the Moon” will always take you on a grand trip to the moon. Here are two unforgettable versions of the jazz standard by Mr. Sinatra and Ms. London.

“La Vie En Rose” ~ Michael Buble feat. Cecile McLorin Salvant
Michael Buble’s rendition of this Edith Piaf classic is as charming, elegant and refreshing as ever.

“De Lovely” ~ Robbie Williams
It’s delightful, it’s delicious, it’s de lovely! Cole Porter originally wrote this song, and Robbie Williams sang the 21st century version in De Lovely, a biopic of Mr. Porter with Kevin Kline portraying him.

Photo Credits: Lionsgate

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How to Spend Galentine’s Day with Your Friends

Going by traditions, February 14 seems to be made for those in a romantic relationship, but looking at it from a fresh perspective, it can actually be interpreted as a day to celebrate universal love, be it for family members or even pets and best friends. For female companions around the world, Valentine’s Day can easily transform into a Galentine.

Having inserted itself into pop culture dictionary by way of style magazines like Glamour, Galentine marks a significant moment in the lives of metropolitan ladies and ultimately refers to a massive celebration of female solidarity, where girl best friends can gather together and make a toast to their friendship, whether or not they’re in the singles club (well, most of the time they’re single and happy – like me, for example). How they celebrate it is up to them.

Tons of creative ideas can lead to a Galentine’s Day that’s as sweet as sugar. Not sure where to start? Feel free to peek into the list below to help you plan that unforgettable meet-up with your gal pals. Also included are a selection of songs and films (from signature rom-coms to friend-tastic titles) to amp up your evening should you all choose to stay in.

Happy Galentine’s Day!

HOW YOU CAN CELEBRATE

  • Relax at your favorite cafe and have quality time with friends over coffee/hot chocolate/cappuccino/latte/tea. Mouthwatering snacks like pancakes and waffles also await you.
  • Visit an art museum and enjoy all the paintings and installations.
  • Make pasta together and gather around the TV for some DVD and Netflix time.
  • Take a trip to a chocolate factory and shop for lots of chocolates afterwards.
  • Go ice-skating.

FILMS

  • Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 1 & 2
  • Mary Poppins
  • St Elmo’s Fire
  • Clueless
  • Hugo
  • Sleepless in Seattle
  • Legally Blonde 1 & 2
  • The Help
  • Mona Lisa Smile
  • Toy Story 1 & 2
  • The Artist
  • La La Land
  • Sabrina
  • Enchanted
  • Leap Year
  • Ballerina
  • Midnight in Paris
  • 500 Days of Summer
  • Two Weeks Notice
  • Letters to Juliet
  • The Other Woman
  • Leap Year

SONGS

  • “In the Heart of Every Girl” ~ Elton John
  • “Real Friends” ~ Camila Cabello
  • “A Little Help From My Friends” ~ The Beatles
  • “You’ve Got a Friend a Me” ~ Randy Newman/Michael Buble
  • “One Short Day” ~ from Wicked
  • “I Am Woman” ~ Jordin Sparks
  • “Salute” ~ Little Mix
  • “You’ve Got a Friend” ~ Carole King
  • “Forget You” ~ CeeLo Green
  • “Beautiful Life” ~ Nick Fradiani
  • “A Love That Will Last” ~ Renee Olstead
  • “Smile” ~ Lily Allen

Photo Credit: ElegantNewYork.com

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