Festival Friday Radio is a weekly blog series showcasing Spoleto Festival USA’s 2017 visiting artists. Each Friday, tune in for these hand-selected playlists that highlight a musician’s top 10 tracks—or get exclusive, artist-curated lists that reflect their own listening preferences.
From the anxieties of love in dance company L-E-V’s OCD LOVE to Ramona, a tragic tale of two trains falling in love in postwar Soviet Russia, the Festival’s 2017 season proves there isn’t only one way to communicate the many complexities of love.
This playlist of love songs by visiting 2017 artists will get you in the mood for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to listen to The Revivalists’ breakout single, “Wish I Knew You” about a love found much later in life, and Terence Blanchard’s instrumental version of “My Only Thought of You” about a man who has helplessly fallen into all encompassing love.