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Valentine's Day countdown: Betty Buckley's favorite love song

February 10, 2011 |  1:30 pm

From now through Valentine's Day we're sharing the favorite love song from eight musicians who are about to perform in the Los Angeles area. Broadway belter Betty Buckley picks the Rodgers and Hart standard “You’re Nearer.” (This video clip features the voice of Trudy Erwin dubbing for Lucille Ball in the 1940 movie "Too Many Girls.")

"It’s a perfect expression of love, which is the purest level of pure consciousness. This concept of romantic love has messed us all up. Because we are capable of experiencing that from time to time, we are under the illusion that that is the optimum state. When I was younger, nobody told me the difference, so I wasted a lot of time in the quest for romantic love — keeping it around when it arrived and grieving its loss when it left. The wonderful thing about getting older is that I can see these things with a lot more clarity."

Buckley has two L.A. concerts: Feb. 21, “Broadway by Request” with Seth Rudetsky for the Reprise Theatre Company at the Freud Playhouse at UCLA, and Feb. 26, with Marvin Hamlisch at the Valley Performing Arts Center at Cal State Northridge.


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Check back with Culture Monster every day through Feb. 14 for a new selection.

— Marcia Adair