Like so many holidays and special occasions over the past 11 months, this year’s Valentine’s Day will be different than those pre-pandemic. But that doesn’t mean the holiday that observes love has to be neglected, especially for those working the front lines for so long. Though it’s often celebrated by dining out at a special restaurant, this coming February 14 many of us will create a warm and inviting night in, staying safe with our partner, or enjoying an evening by ourselves.

Whether you decide to order takeout or prepare one of your favorite dishes at home, music can help set the mood for the Feast of Saint Valentine. And I’ve curated the tunes to help you celebrate love in all its glory, with recordings by some of my favorites.

I hope you enjoy the eclectic mix of this Valentine’s Day Spotify playlist, find it helpful in making your evening extra special and that it inspires some dancing in your kitchen or living room.

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Much love and stay safe!

—Jack Sonni, writer, musician and food lover, known as the “other guitar player” in Dire Straits