We start of today’s show with Chuck Prophet’s great song “Leave the Window Open.” It combines two thoughts I’ve been working on. The first is about Earth Day, which was yesterday. Earth Day is about respecting our environment, raising consciousness about the air we breathe, the carbon we let loose, the state of our oceans, forests, animals, and of course our health and wellbeing. When Chuck Prophet sings about leaving the window open I’m thinking that I hope the air is clean, the city noise is low, and that the sunshine that comes through the window doesn’t have to fight haze and smog. “Leave the Window Open” is a song about love, but listening to it on Earth Day made me think about love in a much bigger sense. Do we have the love it takes to create a healthy world for ourselves, our children, grandchildren and the generations that will follow?
The second thought was stimulated by the Willie Nile song “Love is a train,” a journey metaphor about love. Many have written that love is a journey. I’ve published articles where the journey of “Love and Marriage” always comes to a crossroads and my unpublished book “Love’s Crossroads” describes this in depth. However, there are so many metaphors, so many ways that love is talked about, and popular music as we all know expresses a multitude of sentiments about love. Willie Nile sings, “Love is a Train.” What do other artists think love is. I did a youtube search and here are a few thoughts about what some artists consider love is:
Love is a gamble
Love is an open door
Love is a battlefield
Love is all around
Love is the drug
Love is strange
Love is a hurtin’ thing
Love is a long road (journey metaphor again)
Love is the eternal sacred light
Love is All you Need
Love is here and now you’re gone
Love is stronger than justice
Love is the seventh wave
Psychologists have a different view. Love is about attraction, about being on the same wavelength. Love is conditional or unconditional. Those with an emotional orientation say love is about feeling, the sensations that stem from the heart. Couple therapists say love is about giving and receiving, about considering the other through empathy and compassion. They say love transcends one’s own needs and loving is to give to others first. But then there are some who say love is about loving oneself before one is able to love another. Perhaps love is all of these things, or because there are so many different conceptions we can’t really put love in a box. The notions of what love are as varied as the people that inhabit this earth.
For me love is a feeling that is more than mere attraction. It comes from the heart and makes me behave in compassionate and caring ways to others. It is always about giving to others but it includes graciously accepting what others give to me, and it starts with loving and caring for myself.
One more thing: If I go deeper into myself I know that I am unable to fully articulate what love is. I can only say that I know it when I feel it and when I see it.
So there’s the topic “Love is…”
What is it for you? Tell Dr. Ike how you experience love. Do you have questions or concerns about the topic that you are willing to share? Send us your music as well.
We start our musical set with Paul Simon’s “Love Me Like A Rock” (interesting love conception), followed by The Supremes and “Love is Here and Now You’re Gone.” Finally “Love Flows Like a River,” Tuck and Patti.