When I decided to have a bash at picking up the guitar, I was envisioning shredding Zeppelin riffs and knocking out Buckley tunes all hours of the night to annoy the neighbors.
Thus far the reality is… somewhat different. My fingers hurt and anything more complex that the three chords necessary for Sam Smiths ‘Stay with me’ can do one. No joke.
However, there is another downside to only being able to play Stay With Me (and G Major,) beyond the pain in my poor fingers… My bloody partner. A loving, kind, thoughtful man who swings wildly between laughing his head off at my jerky attempts at playing and telling me to shut up already as my noise [it’s music darling] is distracting him from killing Tartarus on the final level of Halo 2… Yes, we are both adults who live independently from our parents.
Since he is obviously so enamored of my playing I’ve decided that instead of a gift that costs money I will simply learn some love songs to woo him with this Valentines Day. You’re Welcome Babe.
1. “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith
An obvious choice as I can already play it. If I can play it then – assuming you have hands – you can too.
Seriously, this one is a doddle. All you need to know is Am, F and C. To top it off its proper mushy… although there are strong undertones of never ending loneliness throughout. Not the most in-keeping theme for Valentines day… or is it? #Palentines
2. “2 Become 1” by the Spice Girls
Obviously this gets full marks on the mush scale. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song with the ‘love’ so heavily featured in the Chorus.
Although not usually thought of as a Guitar piece I’m sure I can muddle out some chords and just force the tune over the top. An added bonus is that I’m sure the BF will utterly hate this love this deeply emotional piece.
3. “Chasing Cars” by Snow Patrol
Office consensus is that this is a classic and has to be included. I think it sucks. I’m not learning it.
4. “Love Is All Around” by Wet Wet Wet
This band is so good they named it three times! Anyway, moving swiftly on from that piece of comedy gold… What’s not to love about this piece? If you have an answer to that question you are wrong.
This is one of the top love tunes. Ever. Even better, I can actually hear a guitar part in it! I don’t know how to play said part but, once again, I’m sure I’ll muddle through. As everyone knows, its the thought behind a gift that counts, not its quality.
5. “Jukebox Hero” by Foreigner
If being totally honest, I’m not sure the songs above would be a a very thoughtful gift for me to give. They might be a little… Self Indulgent? Selfish? Totally inconsiderate?
But with Jukebox Hero I’m confident I’ll be onto a winner. (See, I do know you, Babe!)
In the interests of transparency and honesty, (and not wanting to make my poor partner any unhappier than I’m sure he’ll be post Spice Girls,) I will be making no attempts to play the guitar solo 3 mins in. Think it will just be #AirGuitar at that point.