Love Songs (Bruno Mars edition)

I might be a little late to the Bruno Mars party, but that kid’s got major musical chops. Singing, songwriting, and (at least) three hit songs that lead me to believe his mother taught him to read using romance novels.

We have, for instance, “Grenade,” evoking imagery of desperately-in-love hero heroes gracing the pages of our favorite standbys (I’m thinking Old Skool, like Julie Garwood, Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and—though she doesn’t classify her series as “romance”—Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series…I mean, just look at Jamie Fraser and his He-Man-ness):

But darling, I’d still catch a grenade for ya
Throw my hand on a blade for ya
I’d jump in front of a train for ya
You know I’d do anything for ya

I would go through all this pain
Take a bullet straight through my brain
Yes, I would die for you, baby


I really like the Sisyphean imagery in that video. Pianos are heavy, man.

Or his original hit, “Just the Way You Are,” now the anthem of insecure women everywhere:

When I see your face
There’s not a thing that I would change
‘Cause you’re amazing
Just the way you are

And when you smile
The whole world stops and stares for a while
‘Cause, girl, you’re amazing
Just the way you are


And the irony of “Marry You” gets me every time, yet I still find the song romantic…it’s probably the church-bell chimes in the background:

‘Cause it’s a beautiful night
We’re looking for something dumb to do
Hey baby
I think I wanna marry you

Anyway, better late than never, and now these songs are on repeat (and repeat, and repeat), keeping me warm and cozy on this bitterly cold December night.

I have to wonder, though, whether I’d feel just as charmed if a man spouted these lyrics in real life…I’d probably just laugh. And that makes me a not-nice person.