Kimora Lee Simmons: My Valentine's Day Playlist! (VIDEOS)
I'm closing the playlist with 2 classics – the undeniably romantic "Moon River" by Andy Williams (Breakfast At Tiffany's, anyone?) and Anita Baker's haunting rendition of "My Funny Valentine". So burn your CDs, upload your playlists or start warming up those vocal chords. Because if your Valentine's Day involves music at all, you're off to a great start, fabs
I love "My Funny Valentine" because though the lyrics come off as less-than-flattering, ultimately what we hear in the song is a celebration that beauty and love come in all colors, shapes, sizes and, yes, pairings! You can't stop love.
"Moon River"... Listen and melt.
"I Have Nothing" has always been one of my favorite Whitney ballads – poignant and determined. In particular, I love this performance she did in South Africa in 1994. Stylish, soulful, timeless – classic Whitney.
I'm also including "Run To You" - a song with unabashed lyrics connoting the comfort of finding the one you've been waiting for. Enjoy!
Sometimes sparse instrumentation leaves room for some pretty BIG emotions. Such is the case with Jay Sean's "Down (Candle Light Remix)". The Cash Money crooner struck gold last year with his pop radio classic "Down" but allow me to share with you his softer side. This piano-driven retooling of his paean to limitless devotion tugs at my heartstrings. Plaintive, pleading, our hero matches each tinkle of the ivory with velvet inflections. Jay Sean, I speak for most ladies and some of my favorite fellas when I answer you: Yes. We're all down.
"Let me set the mood right…" Yes, Justin. Please do. Nothing fits quite so well on a playlist as a duet. And in honor of Beyoncé's re-emergence looking fabulous and in celebration of Justin Timberlake's moony-croony voice, I'm tossing this shrimp on the barbie! Honest, plaintive, guileless – that's the way to sing your way into a woman's heart. Take note, fellas – and ladies!
Method Man and Mary J. Blige's re-imagining of the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 'grown and sexy' late 60s classic was the remake of all remakes. A Grammy winner in 1996 for Best Rap Performance by Duo or Group, it's one of the most unique love songs I've ever heard – but one of my fave. I love the frankness in the lyrics. "Thug Love" or not, it's a classic and I'm proud to have it on my Vday playlist.
Fabs, please don't get it twisted or tangled. Please don't sleep on Paris. Her debut single was overlooked and under appreciated but it is quite simply one of the hottest pop songs in recent times. It's a sun drenched slice of reggae pop perfection – dreamy and romantic. A must have on any list of love songs…
Musiq's…uh…music has a way-back, retro feel that recalls first crushes, trudging into first serious relationships and the one that got away (maybe). "Love" is a triumph on all these counts.
Ms. Labelle's classic "Love, Need And Want You" is "grown folks music" for sure but offers something to listeners of all ages. Devotion is devotion, no matter the generation. Enjoy!
I love Amerie; her voice on this song is killer and the video was a perfect slice of NYC romance.
Robin Thicke is one of my fave crooners and has done wonders for people's perceptions of blue-eyed soul. This song in particular shines as an example of his ability to create a sense of musical intimacy with just a few chords and his beautiful voice.