I figure if what I named in the thread title is a “thing” the SDMB is the place to tease it out. Personal example: For years now I have regarded the song Forever Your Girl by Paula Abdul as oddly romantic. This feeling has only gotten stronger as I’ve aged.
I don’t have a great explanation. Musically, it’s just average 80s pop with a basic synth beat. Abdul is an ok singer, but hardly Whitney Houston. The lyrics aren’t profound or deep. Sample:
Baby, just remember I gave you my heart,
ain’t no-one gonna tear us apart.
He can promise the moon and the stars above,
even if he promised me the world;
Just remember I’m forever your girl.
But there’s just something about the sprightly optimism in Abdul’s voice, and the simple basic sentiment in the song that moves me. If real life and relationships are a lot more complex than this, it almost seems sad that it must be so. We all deserve (I think internally) to have someone honestly say how much they really care about us in such a clear and forthright manner. Perhaps because this song came out when I believed in much simpler notions of love and caring, it reminds of who I was then, and makes me wish love–and by extension, the world–could still seem so easy to understand.