Here is another very heartwarming song. If I hadn’t had such an exceptionally productive day yesterday, I would have taken the time to wax more rhapsodic about the Velvets. Now I will have to rhapsodize enough for both. There really aren’t that many songs that make you feel good about yourself. I mean, there are a hundred thousand ‘I feel sexy’ songs that pump you up and make you strut down the street. But not that many songs that make you feel all warm and fuzzy. Songs that make you feel loved. It’s hard to explain, and maybe it’s just me who relies on music for emotional fulfillment. Still, think on it, how many love songs do you know that aren’t actually thinly disguised odes to lust? How many songs about inner beauty are there? Not too many. Yesterday we had a song about loving someone for the beauty inside, which they cannot see for themselves. (That song alone is enough to place Lou Reed in the echelon of greatest poets.) Today, we have Brian Eno, singing about devotion. Is this even a love song? I wouldn’t expect Eno to do anything as straightforward as a plain old-fashioned love song. But it is about love, and I’ve always believed it was about paternal, not romantic love. For whose shoes would you ever run to tie but a child’s? It’s not a romantic gesture, it’s a protective one. It’s what you do for someone small and helpless who you take care of. A man doesn’t tie a lover’s shoes. A father ties his child’s shoes. Maybe that’s not what Brian Eno meant at all, who knows, but I’ve always found the sentiment profoundly moving. Because it’s such a simple gesture of love, something from childhood that we often don’t remember, but when you think about it, it means the world. Because when you’re little, having someone there to tie your shoe makes the difference between feeling safe and loved and taken car of or feeling helpless, tiny and frustrated. My dad tied my little shoes when I was a child, and I hope yours did too, and that’s a very, very comforting feeling to remember. How many other records bring that back to you?