If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On

Shakespeare was not wrong when he wrote that in Twelfth Night was he? Music plays such an important part in romantic relationships.

If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play OnYou probably recognize that yourself. Did you get together at a dance? Do you like to listen to the same kind of music in the car? Did you have a special song you played for the first dance at your wedding?

Like many of you I suspect, music played an important role in how my husband and I got together. We took some of the same classes at college, and knew each other vaguely, but it was during a slow dance at the end of the weekly disco that we got together. I’ve no idea what the music was though!

After that our relationship was peppered with rock concerts, and classical concerts too, with things like picnics accompanied by fireworks set to music.

Trips abroad were sprinkled with musical memories – sometimes local folk music (that sounded awful on CD when we got it home) and music that we used on long drives like Vivaldi’s Four Seasons that will forever bring back the memory of a scenic driver over the Brenner Pass from Austria to Italy.

We still share music a bit, though less these days especially as we usually fly to places we visit now, and there is nearly always something we want to watch at home when we are together relaxing so there is less time to just listen.

But whenever we do listen to a piece of music from the past, some kind of memory is sparked and we feel closer.


50 Shades Of Grey Classic AlbumWe don’t add much music to our collection any more but one thing we have bought is the Fifty Shades of Grey Classical Album.

Unlike the book which has a lot of critics (I suspect many of whom secretly enjoyed it), there are very few lovers of classical music who would not be thrilled with the album of individual pieces of music which were referenced in the trilogy.

Fifty Shades of Grey The Classical Album by EMI Classics is a 15-track album featuring classical music personally selected by author E L James for inclusion in the books.

The books have sold more than 20 million copies in the U.S.and 31 million copies worldwide. If you were one of the millions to read them, you’ll have noticed that beautiful music plays a key role in many scenes in the stories in all three books in the series (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed).

Sales have rocketed for various individual pieces referenced in the books with “Spem in Alium”, a 16th century motet for 40 voices by Thomas Tallis, a feature of one notable scene, jumping to the top of the classical charts in the UK.

Even if you don’t want to read or re-read the books while you listen to the tracks, you can’t fail to be moved by the haunting and beautiful music, with just that little hint of something dangerous lurking.

The music is performed by world class performers. You can see the list on the back of the CD at the Amazon links below.


50 Shades Of Grey Back - Click to view on Amazon

Most of the tracks are available to listen to and to buy individually from Amazon.com here or in the UK here) or you can get the whole album there too.

Note from Ana: I think this is great for listening to in a darkened room with your honey and a glass of wine or two but only when the kids are out! Make some new memories!

Over to you: Do you have favorite music that you like to listen to together? Please share in the comments below.

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14 Responses to “If Music Be The Food Of Love, Play On”

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  1. Bonnie Gean says:

    Trust me… my partner and I DO NOT have the same taste in music. ๐Ÿ™‚

    We both play guitar, which is how we got together (someone fixed us up for a JAM night), but we really don’t see eye to eye on music. He loves the head banging stuff — I’m all country and the oldies. LOL

    Talk about a mismatch made in heaven. ROFL
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  2. My husband and I DO have the same taste in music however when it comes to shows, that is different. He is a Trekkie and I am not ๐Ÿ™‚ Sometimes opposites attract though!
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    • Ana says:

      My husband likes soccer which I don’t and shows with archaeological digs where they find “interesting” pieces of pottery. I’ll never understand it. LOL Some things have to be different otherwise it would be a bit boring. Thanks for sharing Miriam.
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  3. Awesome post Ana! I always love reading your posts! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚
    My bf and I have some of the same tastes in music, but mostly he likes the hard rock well as I love the classic rock bands, like Journey and Styx, Boston and Bad Company , and Bon Jovi
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  4. We have many similar tastes in music and a couple very special songs. I’m an avid Barbra Streisand fan and I’m sure he’s the only guy I ever dated that had her music in his collection before we met. Destiny, I’d say : )
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  5. My husband and I have slightly similar music tastes though it seems he doesn’t want to admit it.
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  6. Edie Dykeman says:

    I had no idea there was a classical album out in connection with the book. I’ve never ready any of the books, but the concept sounds intriguing. Although I rarely listen to classical music, I’ve been very touched by certain albums. From what it sounds like in your article, this album would be worthy picking up.
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  7. Misty Spears says:

    My husband and I sometimes listen to the same music, but there is definitely a part of us that likes a type of music that the other does not. Most of it we love together but for example, he loves hard core screamo metal and I get a kick out of broadway musicals and classic. That’s probably due to my 12 years on him LOL
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