"What is Love?" has often been dubbed as "The Wedding Song," much like "Texas Blue Sky" has been dubbed as "The Pony Song." But if Parrish-Hundley has a single song that might be perfect for a Texas Style Wedding, well, "What is Love?" would have to be it. This song is full of Sammy Hundley's awesome Spanish-style acoustic guitar fills accenting a beautiful story which explores love from four different stages in life and constantly asks for an answer to the question, What is Love?
The song begins with a little brown-eyed girl and a little blue-eyed boy exchanging "circle yes or no" love letters then moves on to a teenage girl and a handsome young man making a date on a telephone. Later, we find a beautiful young bride preparing to walk down the aisle to spend eternity with the young man of her dreams. Finally, an elderly couple in rocking chairs looking back over the many years of their lives and wondering how they made it through.
"I think some more of that Jimmy Buffett influence must have come out when I was writing this tune years ago," said Mike. "I owe so much to the many musical influences in my life and it's really difficult to claim a song as being 100% my own. What is Love has traces of Jimmy Buffett, Conway Twitty, Marty Robbins and probably a few others."
Like so many of Mike's tunes, "What is Love?" evolved in the studio. For years, the song didn't have any background vocals whatsoever and Mike thought the absence of background vocals left huge holes in the overall composition. Mike got the idea to add the background vocals, not just to accent the lead vocals but to tell another side of the story, to add the things that the lead vocals weren't saying. So while the background vocals of the verses don't repeat anything stated by the lead vocals, they've become a very very important part of this song.
If you like love stories then you should give "What is Love?" a listen. Judge for yourselves. While the song never answers the question, it certainly gives some pretty good hints.
Lead Vocals: Mike Parrish
Background Vocals, Keyboards, Acoustic Rhythm, Bass Guitar, Electric Rhythm & Lead Guitars are all performed by; Sammy Hundley
Drums: Alan Dossett
Percussion: Kyle W. Smith
Mixed & Mastered by Kyle W. Smith
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