4/10/18: Bonnie Raitt “I Can’t Make You Love Me”

It’s one of the saddest songs you’re ever going to hear, but it’s also one of the most beautiful. People tell me all the time they can’t help shedding a tear – or at least getting choked up – every time they hear it. Depending on where you are in your life, you might not even want to hear it. That’s especially true if you’re at the end of a romantic relationship, and don’t want things to end.

“I Can’t Make You Love Me,” by Bonnie Raitt, is a real tearjerker. It’s been called one of the “greatest songs of all time” by Rolling Stone and MOJO magazine, and since 2016 it’s been in the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was written by a couple guys who write country songs all the time: Nashville writers Mike Reid and Allen Shamblin. They say it took them a long time to write it, and then revise it over and over again until they knew they had something special and powerful. Bonnie Raitt recorded it in 1990, and it was finally released a year later on her album “Luck of the Draw.”

“I Can’t Make You Love Me” was a song that, for once, allowed Bonnie Raitt’s incredible guitar skill to take a backseat to her beautiful singing voice. Her friend Bruce Hornsby plays piano on the track, and everything just comes together in a the most amazing way. “I Can’t Make You Love Me” is a stunning piece of music and, yes, it just might make you cry.

I don’t know why it’s in my head today, I’m certainly not sad about anything. But for some reason, I just can’t stop hearing it. That said, I definitely don’t mind.