This is how I feel on most days, but especially today, on Valentine’s Day. I Feel Love is also the title of one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite artists, Donna Summer. When I was a child in the 1970s, my sister and I used to listen to her music frequently. I remember listening to her albums on vinyl while singing along with the lyrics on the liner notes. It would not take me long to use a hair brush as a makeshift microphone and dance around the living room entertaining anyone who was there. Naturally, my brother disappeared, for he was into heavy metal. 😉
Sadly, we lost Donna way too soon when she passed away in 2012. Her legacy endures through her songs to this day. Her music never disappoints: it is my go-to comfort music that will always cheer me up. Donna Summer is not to be dismissed as simply the Queen of Disco. This was an apt title, but she was so much more than that. She was trained in classical music, opera, and made it big in Germany with her theatrical performance of Hair. Donna Summer’s I Feel Love inspired the entire dance genre of Techno and House music. Giorgio Moroder wrote and produced this epic dance-song in the summer of 1977. If you have not heard her music, listen to the extended remix of I Feel Love from this page, or try some of her songs on earlier albums. In my opinion, her Live and More album is the best live album ever! She can rock out and sing the blues like the best of them!
UK-based artist Ben Duarri, aka Screen Prince, created this portrait of Donna I show here. If you look closely at it, you will see that he makes up her image with the lyrics of I Feel Love. I love his style! He has made lyric prints of some of other great artists: Chaka Khan, Stevie Wonder, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, and Run DMC. Check out more of his work at: www.screenprince.co.uk/
Needless to say, this rendering of Donna in pure ecstasy reverberates the feeling of love. She’s my musical muse, and the image is a reminder to FEEL LOVE. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you feel the love too.
Calling all Camino couples
Do you have a Camino love story? Consider sharing it on the Love, Camino Style page. I am accepting story submissions to feature over the next few months. I can help you craft your story and include your best photos and videos. Free Love, Camino Style stickers with each submission! Indeed, love is in the air. I am extending my offer of the free heart sticker with a patch purchase through the end of the month – February 28th. Just write the discount code, “I feel love” in the patch order notes at etsy.com/shop/caminoprovides.
In case you missed the Camino in the Clouds post, below is the result of my question, “What does the Camino provide for you?”
How much love can I possibly pour into one post? How about a free download of mandala hearts that you can print and color yourself, or give to your Valentine? I gave these to the students in the yoga class I taught yesterday at work. Coloring can be so relaxing! Download and print Free Coloring Page Hearts (PDF) then cut out.
At the end of yoga class, I did a meditation called “Breathing Love.” If you have nine minutes, give it a listen at:
From my heart to yours, Happy Valentine’s Day. And Buen Camino!