Music Musts: Love is in the air

Music Musts: Love is in the air
By Jonathan Duguid

By Jonathan Duguid

It’s that time of year again, where everywhere you go there are heart decorations, gimmicks that say “I love you”, romantic movies airing on the tellie, and love songs on the radio. Valentine’s Day 2014 has arrived!
Another name that Valentine’s Day has come to be known as over the past few years is Single Awareness Day. For me, being a single-lite clumps me in with the latter group. Someone recently brought to my attention that the acronym for Single Awareness Day was SAD. I told him he was the sad one, if he took time to figure that one out…

I’m one of those happy singles that actually enjoys Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a bit weird to hate the day, just because you’re single. As Wet Wet Wet once told us, “Love is all around”, and I think that that’s a great all-round means of seeing things. There’s such a special energy of love-is-in-the-air on Valentine’s Day, and all you have to do is take a step back and witness it. It’s beautiful. And sure, it’s become an over-commercialised event in the Gregorian calendar, but leave the knickknacks at the door and take it in for what it is. If you’re single, celebrate it; if you’re in a relationship, celebrate it, for to quote The Beatles, “Love is all you need”.

Another thing you need is to check out some gigs this weekend, and here are my top picks:

On Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14, spoil the special person in your life to a romantic sunset picnic concert in the beautiful Backsburg Vineyards, and enjoy the angelic platinum-selling voice of Nianell as she serenades you and your partner with her well-known songs and romantic ballades. Surrounded by lush gardens, vineyards and mountains you can indulge in a special couple’s gourmet picnic. It all starts at 7pm and tickets are R150 each. For more information, or to book, call Marisa on 083 445 2291.

On Saturday, February 15, romance continues in the air at Clifton 4th, where you’ll be able to enjoy music as the sun goes down with Moonstruck. Be sure to pack a picnic and surprise your loved one with a romantic evening that’ll be hard to forget. Entrance is free, and candles and glow sticks will be available to buy on the evening, in support of the NSRI.

If you’re not in the mood for Valentine’s-like events, not to worry; there’s another event I want you to be part of. It’s one of my favourite local musicians, and if you haven’t seen him live, well, you’re in for a huge treat. It’s Jeremy Loops at the Cape Farmhouse Restaurant this Saturday from 3.30pm. He’s often called a one-man band and creates songs using a loop pedal to layer up a variety of instruments from guitars to harmonicas, banjos, beatboxing, and singing. You may have also heard songs like ‘Power’ and ‘Mission to the Sun (Howling)’ on the radio. Tickets for the show are R65 each, and to book, call Sarah on 082 264 2480.

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