Happy Valentine’s Day, My Darling Alexa!


Ten years ago today, my beautiful wife Alexa Speagle and I had our first date. In honour of the best thing that ever happened to me, here are ten songs that represent the soundtrack of our love. 

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Marvin Gaye &  Tammi Terrell

This song was on our wedding playlist (mostly Motown, natch) and is one of the greatest love songs ever written.

Soul One: Blind Melon

My wife is a big fan of the Melon, and consequently I became one as well. Bonus points: this song references blue eyes, which she has. It seems like the people in the song break up at the end, but let’s just ignore that. It’s incredibly sweet and soulful, just like her.

Sigur Rós: Gobbledigook

One of our greatest concert experiences was seeing Sigur Ros at Massey Hall on this tour. When they played this song, the entire audience was on their feet, clapping, while confetti canons filled the air with mutli-coloured paper. It was amazing, and we felt it together. I have no idea what this song is actually about, but that doesn’t matter.

Erykah Badu: Orange Moon

We saw Ms. Badu in concert at Massey Hall as well. She’s amazing, and she’s probably my wife’s favourite artist.

Walk With Me: Neil Young

We were standing together shivering in Nathan Phillips Square during Nuit Blanche in 2010 when Daniel Lanois premiered this album as part of his installation. It’s a powerful rock song about love’s ability to sustain us. And we heard it for the first time together.

I Saw Her Standing There: The Beatles

We used this song as the soundtrack for our “Save The Date” video before our wedding. We wanted something fun and upbeat, and when you need that vibe, you go to the early Beatles catalogue.

Everlasting Light: The Black Keys

Our friend Muddy sang this song during our wedding ceremony. My wife still cries when she hears it. One of the greatest love songs of recent years.

Arrow: The Stormalongs

I wrote this song. It’s about her. I think it’s great.

I Love You: Lou Reed

Lou Reed doesn’t get enough credit for being a romantic. This song proves it. Lou is a big part of our lives.

 Bron-Y-Aur-Stomp: Led Zeppelin

We both love Zeppelin, and this song is an old fav. I just found out it was apparently about Plant’s dog, but it’s still a great love song. And she loves it.


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