From Nelson, with love

From Nelson, with love

By Matthew McCully


“At this time of year, I’m bored! I’m dying for a lawn to mow,” explained retired Galt drama teacher, Nelson Gonyer.

Then, a few weeks ago, while watching a movie, Gonyer heard Neil Young’s classic, Harvest Moon, playing in the background of a scene and thought, now that’s a love song.

So, with Valentine’s Day around the corner, Gonyer decided to reach out to what one might call an elaborate friends network, reaching Scotland, England, Washington State, Vancouver (to name a few places) and plenty of locals, to ask, “What are your top three favourite love songs?”

By the way, this all happened over email, Gonyer doesn’t use Facebook.

No Googling, just think about it, Gonyer said.

He sent out an email to friends, family and former students, and some in turn forwarded the request to their own networks, asking for a love song top three, along with an honourable mention.

“The submissions were all over the map,” Gonyer said, “and not just geographically, but in terms of era as well.”

According to Nelson, the replies that came in were interesting, not just because of the song selection, but because many people included the back story for the choice as well.

Some less than romantic songs have been the soundtrack to some more than romantic moments, Gonyer pointed out.

Anyways, without further ado, here is the list that Gonyer came up with.

He sent it to The Record, hoping it might inspire readers to share the love on Valentine’s Day.

“The sentiment behind these songs is 365,” he added.

See Gonyer’s list on page 5

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