14 Feb 2015

The Secret Life of Love Songs

From The Secret Life Of, 4:00 pm on 14 February 2015

Tami Neilson
Tami Neilson.

Why are good love songs so difficult to write?

Is there such a thing as a pure, untainted love song that won't leave some cringing?

Or is Nick Cave right when he says, "A love song is never truly happy. It must first embrace the potential for pain?"

No longer heartbroken, but pained at how difficult it is to write love songs, Tonnon approached some of our most esteemed songwriters, on beaches, in studios and across Skype lines to get to the truth behind the perfect love song.

This Valentine's Day, Anthonie Tonnon talks with Tami Neilson, Tom Scott, Anika Moa and Great North's Hayden Donnell about committing love to tape.

Music Details

Artist: Julee Cruise
Song: Mysteries of Love
Composer: Angelo Badalamenti, David
Album: Floating Into The Night
Label: Warner

Artist: Tami Neilson
Song: Cry Over You /Walk (back into
your arms)
Composer: Tami Neilson
Album: Dynamite
Label: Self released

Artist: Passing Me By
Song: The Pharcyde
Composer: E. Wilcox, R. Robinson, D.
Stewart, T. Hardson and J. Martinez.
Album: (Single)
Label: Delicious Vinyl

Artist: Anika Moa
Song: Running
Composer: Anika Moa
Album: Queen Of The Table
Label: Diamonds and Kowhai

Artist: Anika Moa
Song: Stolen Hill
Composer: Anika Moa
Album: Stolen Hill
Label: WEA

Artist: Great North
Song: The River Set The Course / One
Scarlet Morning
Composer: Hayden Donnell
Album: Up In Smoke
Label: Self-released

Artist: Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds
Song: Nobody’s Baby
Composer: Nick Cave
Album: Let Love In
Label: Liberation

Artist: @Peace
Song: Anaesthetised
Composer: Tom Scott
Album: Girl Songs
Label: Self-released

Artist: Voom
Song: Beth
Composer: Buzz Moller
Album: Now I Am Me
Label: Antenna Recordings



Get the RNZ app

for easy access to all your favourite programmes