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Songs to Invoke Love

Episode 6
Songs to Invoke Love

Experience the Journey


It's all you need, apparently. But, sometimes, it just isn't enough. Everyone wants more of it. Everyone needs some of it. Yet, absolutely no one understands it the same way.

So, how do you love?

Poets, singers, dancers, even scientists have been expressing their love in imitable fashions since people began pressing words into clay tablets in Mesopotamia. The long gone human who left a handprint in a painting in a cave in France thousands of years ago, would have known what love is. But, even that person probably could not have explained it to you, to their lover, to themselves.

This is where the music comes in.

The magic of the melody and lyrics often gives more than the sum of its parts ever should. A purer distillation of love than either alone. It is music which functions as the stronger carrier wave for love, more than gift cards, metaphors, flowers, social media posts, presents, or photographs. As strong as the touch of a warm hand and a soft lip, there is nothing like music to transmit the idea of love between people, who perhaps have different definitions of the fundamental idea we all know.

Perhaps love is universal.

At least in the universe which belongs exclusively to humanity, where everything is more complicated than it seems, even when said only with emoji.

With all the professions of love given over the centuries, the struggle of presenting love as somehow new - in the moment, powerful - is only insurmountable when love is not present. When it is, there are no boundaries. That is what all the songs say.

That is what I say.

Love is love.

Guest Performers

  • Business Alafaka Opuiyo

    Owner, Dynamic Public Relations

    Alafaka "Alee" Opuiyo is a 2005 Howard University School of Communications graduate. She majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Political Science. While Alee attended Howard, she interned with the cable network Fox News.


  • Music Dionne Warwick

    5-Time Grammy Award Winner

    Dionne Warwick is a 5-time Grammy Award winning legend. She is an American singer, actress, and television show host, who became a United Nations Global Ambassador for the Food and Agriculture Organization, and a United States Ambassador of Health.


  • Medical Dr. Laurén Laurino

    Board-Certified Naturopath and Holistic Health Advocate, Dr. Ren Recommends

    Dr. Laurén Laurino, lovingly known as "Dr. Ren, America's Holistic Sweetheart", is a board certified naturopath through the American Naturopathic Medical Association. She has appeared on "The Dr. Oz Show" multiple times.


  • Music Sonny Turner

    Former Lead Singer, The Platters

    Sonny Turner is best known for replacing Tony Williams as lead singer of The Platters. The group had 40 charting singles on the Billboard Hot 100, including four no. 1 hits, and were, for a period of time, the most successful vocal group in the world.


Preview Performers

  • Music Gerald Alston

    Lead Singer, The Manhattans

    Gerald Alston is an American R&B singer, and the lead singer with The Manhattans. Between 1988 and 1995, he left the group to record five albums (later recording his tribute to Sam Cooke in 2008) and ten solo singles.


  • Music Kathy Sledge

    Former Lead Singer, Sister Sledge

    Kathy Sledge is a singer who is best known as lead singer of the R&B group Sister Sledge. As a solo performer, she has had several hits on the International Pop and Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, including "Take Me Back to Love Again", which hit #1.




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