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Remember the old saw about how “In Springtime, a young man’s fancy turns to love?” Ever wondered just who thought that to be either accurate or profound?

Hands up all the parents or grandparents of any “young men” either then or now. Did the Season of the Year make even the slightest difference, even a teensy difference, to that hormonally vibrant young fellow? No, of course not, or as the parent of any son will testify.

All that said, as one of the world’s “Old Romantics”, both in terms of the calendar as well as the endless, affectionate courtesies of courtship, marriage and family life, romance can bloom anywhere and at any time in one’s life.

Anyone who’s read even a few of my musings knows that, for me, there’s a soundtrack to life, in everyone’s life, day by day, hour by hour.

After a building crescendo of courtship, begun with the most cautious “lunch” date, and then another, our son has asked his truly delightful ladyfriend to become his wife – to hold dear for the rest of his life. This is a gal whose quiet effervescence exudes from every pore. It seeps through her calm, beautiful exterior and fills any room. That’s most especially so when she smiles. However bright all the signs in Tokyo’s neon canyons, her smile puts all that to shame.

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Tokyo at night

Now, you can better imagine what I mean!

Upon hearing this news, the soundtrack of my mind roared off into the romantic wonderment of the Andante Cantabile, the 2nd movement of Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N1hOCBH1Xn8

Does that tune ring any bells in your memory bank? To refresh your memory or to energize it, part of this nugget was popularized as the far more modern, well-known tune “Love is All That Matters”.

A very appealing version is sung by Eric Carmen, whose enchanting rendition is here:    

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjW1t3L4o7k

I remember the excitement, the joy, (fill in the blanks if you are married!) the explosive power of a cork begging to be released from a bottle of fine champagne, when my wife of 42 years said “yes”!!

Many years later, we discovered a song that meant a lot to us, as our parents also were married from young love until death parted them. In my lady wife’s case, her parents had over 65 wonderful, loving years together.

When our son told me that, at last, he’d found the lady with whom he wanted to spend not only this life but forever together, I had to smile.

For many years, he’d witnessed, and knows he comes from, a long line of love.

Like the song says, “Forever is in your heart and in your blood.”

“Long Line of Love” by composer (Michael Martin Murphey):

YouTube         http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAoNbDCRKhU

May that long line continue for them and their children, happily and forever!

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Hat-Tips to:

Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  [ http://www.berliner-philharmoniker.de/en/ ] [Twitter: @BerlinPhil ]

Eric Carmen [http://www.ericcarmen.com/ ] [ Twitter: @EricCarmenForum ]

Michael Martin Murphey [ http://michaelmartinmurphey.com/ ]