Do you love being single? Find yourself scowling at candy heart sweetie messages? Is red the colour of love or rage? Do you yearn to escape Valentine’s Day?
Don’t worry, you are not alone.
Anti-Valentines Day invites people to rise up, reclaim the streets, bars and restaurants and celebrate being sensationally single.
On Sunday 13th Feb, Claire Daly, the Edinburgh jazz diva, hosts the 3rd Annual Anti-Valentine’s Jazz Gig at Edinburgh’s finest Jazz Bar.
The first event was a surprising triumph. When called upon to perform on the fateful day Claire’s lip curled at the prospect of crooning for the smoochers. While not “twitter and bisted” about being single, she didn’t want to join in with the cheesey love-fest.
Instead she chose to celebrate being a sassy singleton in the face of the romance-aholics that annually invade the city.
Rather than being an anti-cupid bash though, Claire does describe it as a fun, anti-Hallmark retaliatory, ‘we don’t have to be coupled-up’ event.
This Sunday, you will hear Close The Door On Your Way, Never Will I Marry, Amy Winehouse‘s Love Is Blind and a jazz arrangement of Beyonce‘s All The Single Ladies.
Although not single this year, Claire does not feel like an imposter. “I’m not anti-romance, or anti-love. I’m just anti the commercial bastardisation of love”.
Couples are not banned and singles are more than welcome, especially if they have GSOH, a vague interest in jazz and WLTM other like-minded folk, or even just enjoy the cosy Jazz Bar with Claire’s torch songs for the liberated.
Here’s a list of songs and films to celebrate your independence this weekend.
Top 10 Anti-Valentine’s Songs
- Bang, Bang, My Baby Shot Me Down – Nancy Sinatra
- Don’t Call Me Baby – Voice of the Beehive
- It’s Too Late – Carole King
- Bye Bye Baby – Bay City Rollers
- I Will Survive – Gloria Gaynor
- F**k You – Cee Lo Green
- I Hope You’re Happy Now – Elvis Costello
- Foundations – Kate Nash
- I Never Loved You Anyway – The Corrs
- I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Top 10 Anti- Valentine’s Films
- To Die For – Husband (Matt Dillon) tells wife (Nicole Kidman) to give up career so she convinces boyfriend (Joaquin Phoenix) to get rid of him
- In The Company Of Men – Two men (Aaron Eckhart and Matt Malloy) romance then dump a deaf woman (Stacy Edwards) as revenge against women in general
- Carnal Knowledge – Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel have a series of bad relationships over three decades and fail cos one is too cruel and the other is too idealistic
- Far From Heaven – Your husband (Dennis Quaid) divorces you (Julianne Moore) for another man, ouch.
- Reversal Of Fortune – He (Jeremy Irons) marries her (Glenn Close) for her money, yikes
- Suspicion – Husband (Cary Grant) plots to kill wife (Joan Fontaine) in the Alfred Hitchcock classic
- Boxing Helena – Boyfriend (Julian Sands) doesn’t want girlfriend (Sherilyn Fenn) to leave so amputates her
- Eyes Wide Shut – Wife (Nicole Kidman) admits cheating so husband (Tom Cruise) goes on a sexual odyssey
- Closer – Two couples hook up and it all gets complicated
- Hard Candy – 14 year old girl (Ellen Page) takes it upon herself to expose a pedophile (Patrick Wilson)
The Claire Daly Quartet, featuring Paul Kirby, Jazz Bar, Sunday 13th Feb 2011, 20:30. Tickets £5/£3. Check out a selection of Claire’s songs here
© Fin Wycherley
Many thanks to Stereogums for the fallen cupid image and also Zazzle for the anti-valentine card
This article was Guest Blogged on Guardian Edinburgh here
Further Suggestions from the Twitterati
Natural Born Killers – Boy (Woody Harrelson) meets girl (Juliette Lewis) and they become psychopathic serial murderers – recommended by @catmacphee “Greatest love story ever 🙂 (wi’ loadsa blood murder & insanity to boot)”
Go Your Own Way – Fleetwood Mac – recommended by @skyfulofscars who did an open mike anti-valentine’s set at The Parlour, Leith
The One I love – REM …”a simple prop to occupy my time..” “not appearing on a card near you…” – recommended by @skyfulofscars