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      Favorite Love Songs

      Favorite Love Songs

      Everyone seems to have a favorite love song. The first one that comes to mind for me is “WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW” It’s so true, all of the time. 

      What the world needs now is love, sweet love
      It's the only thing that there's just too little of
      What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
      No not just for some but for everyone.
      Bacharach/David

      Over the years I’ve asked some of my Award Winning, fellow songwriters and collaborators, “What’s Your Favorite Love Song?”

      Here’s some answers to what Carole Bayer-Sager calls a nearly impossible question.

      Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

      And please tell us what your favorite love song is on our FB Page:

      https://www.facebook.com/frannegoldeclothing/

      xo
      Franne

       

      Brenda Russell

      One of my favorite songs is All is Fair in Love by Stevie Wonder, I fell down when I first heard it. So well written!

      Songwriter - The Color Purple musical, Piano In The Dark, Get Here

      Brie Darling

      This was super tuff to choose!! However, my heart sang when I heard "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" in 1972. Recorded by The Spinners, co-written by Melvin and Mervin Steals. I was totally in love at the time and this song said 'everything'!!

      Actress - singer, songwriter, musician, cake baker extraordinaire and member of the 1st all female rock group on a major label, “Fanny”.

      Curt Smith

      Favorite love song? Boy that’s hard. I’d have to go with “Without You” by Harry Nillson as a known one or “Winning A Battle, Losing The War” by Kings Of Convenience as a song that wonderfully encapsulates unconditional love.

      Founder - Tears For Fears and songwriter - Shout, Everybody Wants To Rule The World, Head Over Heels

      Shelly Peiken

      At Last” I heard it on the radio the other day, and I thought to myself, if anyone ever asks me…that’s the one. :)

      Songwriter - What A Girl Wants, Bitch, Almost Doesn't Count

      Tom Snow

      "The Way You Look Tonight” - Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields. Fred Astaire’s version.

      Songwriter - He’s So Shy, Don’t Know Much, Dreaming Of You, Let's Hear It For The Boy

      Linda Thompson

      Hmmmm...Maybe "Sometimes When We Touch" by Dan Hill? That's the first one that came to my mind...Of course other than one of my own...which would be, I Have Nothing...

      Songwriter - Miracle, Grown Up Christmas List, I Have Nothing

      Allan Rich

      My all-time favorite song is "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" written by Ashford and Simpson.

      Songwriter - Run To You, I Live For Your Love, I Don't Have The Heart

       

      Carole Bayer Sager

      My favorite love song is, “SOMETHING” by George Harrison. Beatles. Though choosing one is nearly impossible.

      Songwriter - That's What Friend's Are For, The Prayer, Arthur's Theme, Don't Cry Out Loud, Midnight Blue


      Allee Willis


      “AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH” - A totally joyful and jubilant expression of toe-tappin’ love. There can’t be a bad version of this song it’s so good. All love should be so good.

      Songwriter - The Color Purple musical, September, Boogie Wonderland, Neutron Dance

      Diane Warren

      Jaded romantic. Hmmm I have a lot of favorite love songs. I think one of my alltime favorites is “YOU’RE ALL I NEED TO GET BY” by the great Ashford and Simpson. Rip Nick Ashford.

      Songwriter - Because You Loved Me, If I Could Turn Back Time, Un-Break My Heart, How Do I Live

      Ellen Shipley

      My Favorite Love Song: "ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART
" Ah, the passion, the drama, the yearning!! This is the real thing-- sing it at the top of your lungs!! Best melody and lyrics ever!!

      Songwriter - Heaven Is A Place On Earth, Circle In The Sand, Body and Soul

      Jay Landers

      What a question! So many songs, so little space. I’m going to bend the rules and pick two: “IF I LOVED YOU” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Carousel”. The song was introduced on Broadway by the great John Raitt (father of Bonnie) playing the role of “Billy Bigelow” and Jan Clayton as “Julie”. It’s one of the most beautiful melodies ever composed, with brilliant lyrics that allow the listener to eavesdrop on the inner-thoughts of the two characters. They’ve obviously fallen hard for each other, but neither is willing to admit it, even to themselves. Instead of saying the words, “I love you,” they’re only willing to suggest how things would be “IF I loved you.” The other favorite is “MARIE” by Randy Newman. The character singing to Marie is a bastard...a guy who has to drink in order to let his guard down. Newman has him grasping for clumsy expressions to explain his true feelings. With the most plain-spoken language possible, the lyrics are both ironic and profoundly honest.

      Producer, Record Executive, Publisher, Songwriter - Barbara Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Barry Manilow, Mary J. Blige


      Jody Watley

      “AS” - Stevie Wonder from his masterpiece “Songs in The Key of Life.” The lyric says it all. He knocked it out of the park with this one. One of the best songs not to mention love songs of all time, for me. His performance captures every word and note as well.

      Songwriter, Performer - Don't You Want Me, Looking For A New Love, Everything, Friends, The Mood

      Robin Lerner

      I would have to say my favorite love song (for the sheer exercise of the lyric writing) is “SAD EYED LADY OF THE LOWLANDS” which Bob Dylan wrote for his wife of three months (at the time) Sara Lownds. It took up all of side four (oh the days of double albums) of “Blonde On Blonde”. He then references it again in 1975 on the desire” album in the song “Sara” (in the midst of their breaking up), saying “Staying up for days, in the Chelsea Hotel, writing Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands for you” which isn’t entirely true. He wrote the lyric to “Sad Eyed Lady Of The Lowlands” in a nashville studio over the course of many hours, while the session musicians waited for him to nish. But still, it’s the most romantic song ever written (in my opinion) to a lover, in it’s poetry, pageantry, and sheer scope. And then of course there’s “Somewhere” from “West Side Story” which is probably the greatest love song ever written hands down, but then that entire score is in a category of its own - exists almost as some otherworldly piece of art - that occupies it’s own oeuvre, given voice by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim.

      Songwriter, Author - This Kiss, Out Of My Bones, She's My Kind 

      Paul Fox

      “SOMETHING” 
George Harrison. Beatles.
 A beautiful song sung by George Harrison of the Beatles. Something in the way she moves, attracts me like no other lover. That’s the truth, and to this day still is.

      Record Producer, Songwriter - Our Time In Eden, 10,000 Maniacs Unplugged, Oranges and Lemons, Top Gun

      Matt Wallace

      My favorite love song is “MY FUNNY VALENTINE” by Chet Baker. Former trumpet player turned into unpolished but deeply resonant vocalist who wore the song like a well loved and well worn overcoat. Natural, pure, unassuming, sensual, and sexy. Emotionally stunning. grounded, genuine, and real in every sense of the word.

      Record Producer - Maroon Five, Faith No More, The Replacements, Blues Traveler

      Marsha Malamet

      I think my favorite love song is Rodgers and Hammerstein’s, “IF I LOVED YOU”. Of course this will date me, however, I don’t care. It is truly perfection. How many love songs have been written directly expressing ...a love, the love, our love, my love, this love, etc. Zillions. This song takes a unique and circuitous route, and in so doing, it makes the most simple, ironic, and ultimately direct statement about the greatest feeling a human can have. Typing this now, I’m getting an itch to play it. So I’m gonna go to my itunes and hit: Barbra Streisand...If I Loved You...and play it loud!”

      A close second is...of course...SOMEWHERE.

      Songwriter - Love Don't Need A Reason, Lessons To Be Learned, I Am Blessed

      Melissa Manchester

      One of my favorite love songs is OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY. It was the last song written by George and Ira Gershwin. It’s touching, witty, thoughtful and peaceful and sure at its core. That said it is impossible for me to choose a number one favorite as there are so many sterling examples of great love songs.

      Songwriter, Recording Artist - Don't Cry out Loud, Midnight Blue, You Should Hear How She Talks About You, Whenever I Call You Friend

      Franne's Heart-Health Tips

      Franne's Heart-Health Tips

      What I Do For My Heart –
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      Nobody’s perfect, least of all me, but here are some things I TRY to do each day!
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      Wear my Fitbit Zip and try to do 10,000 steps.
      I keep a pen and paper in my closet and at the end of the day I write down how many steps I’ve taken. It keeps me motivated to try harder the next day.
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      I also do Pilates twice a week. Strengthening and stretching with great music and a view.
      What could be bad?
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      I have the Headspace App on my phone and use it at least once a day, twice if I have the time.
      Taking time to breathe, especially when I realize I haven’t taken a good deep breath all day is heavenly and necessary.
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      I also try to eat a healthy diet. I love salads and eat at least one and sometimes two every day. Here’s one I had the other day when I had lunch with a friend.
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      It was called a Purple and Blue salad. Roasted beets, fresh blueberries, pickled cucumber, grapes, red cabbage, beetroot, buffalo milk bleu cheese, pistachio nuts with balsamic and olive oil
      Absolutely Delicious!
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      Dance – I love to put on some good music and dance with my husband. The best part is we always end up laughing.
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      I agree with Ellen, “Be Kind To One Another.” That is my intention every day, that and spreading love. Smiling at a stranger, hugging a friend, helping someone, listening. It comes back in so many ways.
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      Taking time to surround myself with friends and family is always renewing and fun, but only if they don’t stress me out! Ha!
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      Tell me what you do for your heart?
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      Xo
      Franne
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      More Things I Can't Live Without

      More Things I Can't Live Without

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      Red Rubber Hot Water Bottle
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      Ever since I was a little girl this red rubber bottle has followed me on my journey through life like a good friend. I can’t remember a time that I didn’t have this wonder bottle. There’s almost nothing this little vessel of heat won’t help. Stomach cramps, migraines, backaches, neck aches, break-ups, anxiety, sadness, a rough day or just some warmth to ease the chill of a cold night.
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      It’s calming, soothing and healing both physically and emotionally. For me the weight is as much a part of the benefit as the warmth. It’s like a hug, the pressure helps your body relax. Take a breather and cuddle up with a hot water bottle. It’s like a BFF, that never leaves you.
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      Chattanooga ColPac Reuseable Gel Ice Pack Cold Therapy
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      This is my fave cold-pac by far. I found it when I was in physical therapy for a back issue. It’s really big and has your back so to speak! It stays soft and pliable straight out of the freezer. When I’ve had a long day or my low back is achy, I take a rolling pin and flatten it out, lay it on top of a towel get my hot water bottle so I don’t freeze, put a pillow under my knees and sink in!
      Everyone Coconut and Lemon Hand Sanitizer Spray
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      With cold and flu season in full gear I have this with me at all times. One in my purse and one in the car. I’m not as obsessed as Howie Mandel, but I do use it often around this time of year.
      What I like about this product, compared to most of the other hand sanitizers, is that it’s not drying and doesn’t reek of alcohol. It’s 99% effective against germs without the nasty chemicals and is reasonably priced. Also comes in Peppermint Citrus and Lavender Aloe!
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      Element Dark Chocolate Covered Rice Cakes
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      Ever since I found these heavenly snacks, I’ve become addicted.
      I’ve turned so many friends on to them and they love them too! One or two with a cup of tea is pure joy!
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      80 calories 5 grams of sugar, vegan, gluten free and absolutely DELICIOUS and satisfying!
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      Chamomile Tea
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      My tea of choice these days is, STASH Chamomile with a teaspoon of honey! I think everyone on team FG likes it too, as we’re always running low.
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      We're so excited, and we just can't hide it!

      We're so excited, and we just can't hide it!

      We had a blast at our recent photoshoot with photographer extraordinaire, Suzanne Teresa, @suzanneteresaphoto.
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      She photographed our friends and influencers Janet Gunn, @janetgunngratefulgardenia, Melissa Meyers,@melissameyers and Michelle Day Gillette, @aging.gracefully.
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      What could be more fun than trying on clothes, taking pics, listening to great music and laughing with friends?
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      Creative director, Amelia Mee and I had so much fun looking for FAB, holiday gifts and accessories this year. We’re in LOVE with our vegan wrap, velvet readers, stunning knit ponchos, crystal necklaces, leather pouches and more…
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      XO Franne
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      Coping With Early Onset Alzheimer’s:

      Coping With Early Onset Alzheimer’s:

      Resilience and Reinvention

      My name is Franne Golde. I'm a mother, wife, songwriter, clothing designer, author, advocate, caregiver and founder of frannegolde.com.

      I came to Los Angeles from Chicago in 1978 to pursue my career as a singer/songwriter. Within a couple of months I wrote a song that was recorded by Diana Ross. It would turn out to be my first worldwide hit.

      Since then, my songs have appeared on records that have sold over 100-million copies. I've worked with such superstars as Pat Benatar, Heart, The Pussycat Dolls, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Selena, Christina Aguilera, Faith Hill, Jody Watley and The Commodores. My song “Even If My Heart Would Break” was included on The Bodyguard, the biggest selling soundtrack of all time. 

      The music business as I knew it started to change in the late ‘90s, when people began downloading music for free. My earning power went down the tubes and my husband Paul, a successful record producer, was also feeling the heat. We tried to go with the flow and hoped for the best! I wrote a #1 Billboard Hit and Grammy Nominated song in 2005 for the Pussycat Dolls, but that would be my last.

      At that time, my son’s school asked for my help with an upcoming fundraiser. In that and subsequent years, I contributed memorabilia from Sheryl Crow, Ringo Starr, and others, along with various concert tickets.

      By my son’s senior year, I’d run out of favors, so for the annual fundraiser I invested a thousand dollars to create a mini boutique in the school gym. I’d always loved fashion and people frequently asked me where I’d gotten my clothes. Often they were pieces I’d modified with scissors, needle, thread, ripping and knotting. I loved interacting with and styling all the moms and neighborhood drop-ins. By day’s end I had sold out.

      Then I started selling clothing to friends out of my house, often designing what I couldn't find. I wasn’t trying to create a business, but I was having a blast and learning the ins and outs of finding fabric, patternmaking, samples, tweaking, cutters, sewers, marking, grading and production. It was a whole new world and turning into an expensive hobby!

      By 2011, the music business was hitting new lows and even successful songwriters were going broke. No one knew what the future held. Paul was having a difficult time finding projects as well. He wasn’t prone to depression, but he seemed anxious, forgetful, and sometimes confused, although he always had an explanation for everything. I attributed it all to the radical change in the music business and the attendant financial stress.

      By late 2012 I knew something was seriously wrong with Paul. I never expected to hear what would take months to find out. In his mid-fifties, Paul was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s Disease.

      We have been through so much over the past five years - shock, fear, sadness, and endless tears leavened with a healthy mix of denial and hopefulness. We’ve been in support groups, visited our state capital and walked the halls of Capitol Hill, lobbying for increased research funding and improved access to care and support. We’ve done walks to raise money and awareness, served on the Board of the Alzheimer’s Association and currently sit on the Board of Music Mends Minds, a fantastic organization that brings meaning and pleasure to anyone with cognitive issues through the awesome power of music.

      Paul has been able to accept this new normal with a glass-half-full mindset and hope. His yoga and spiritual practice is his salvation. He sees the beauty in everything and everyone and is a constant reminder of what’s right in the world. He has far fewer filters than ever and doesn't judge or complain. He is grateful and lives in the moment.

      I struggle with tremendous grief when I allow myself to think that my future, with my best friend and the man I love, might not be as I once imagined. But mostly I follow Paul’s lead.

      I knew I could no longer make a living writing music and it was hard to imagine doing anything else. It had been my life for over 35 years. Yet I had to take care of my family.

      My only option was to sell my songs, the one thing that was all mine and that I’d worked so hard to nurture and protect. It was one the hardest things I’ve ever done.

      The sale brought some cash, but I needed to get back to work. I couldn't just go out and get a nine-to-five job. It wouldn't begin to cover our expenses or satisfy my passion. 

      I needed to reinvent myself and in a moment of revelation I realized that I’d already started doing just that. I had lots of samples of clothing, more significant, I had been working on what I considered to be, the perfect black pant. I made close to 100 samples till I got exactly what I was looking for.

      Working became my therapy and I poured myself into it.

      I launched frannegolde.com in August, 2016 and was thrilled when the orders started coming in. A couple of months later I got an email that O, the Oprah Magazine expressed interest in seeing my pants. I couldn’t believe it, it was just like 1978 all over again, when Diana Ross gave me my first hit with, “Getting Ready For Love.”

      My black pants were featured in the January 2017 issue of O and dubbed the “Magic Pant” by Adam Glassman, Oprah’s fashion guru and Creative Director of O magazine. This was followed by a feature on the Oprah segment of View Your Deal, on ABC. More orders poured in and my team and I were off and running.

      As my business continues to grow, I still fight my grief and sadness every day -- and some days grief wins. But I know first-hand that there are silver linings. I feel them and see them regularly.

      I'm grateful every day that I still have my husband and he is still able to do so many things. We treasure our time together, and though there are frustrations, we give each other unconditional love and support. I have my wonderful son, my family and friends and I'm still able to be creative and find joy, every day. That’s really all you can ask for.