The pending Kevin Love trade from the Timberwolves to the Cavaliers is an occasion to pair music to a business transaction.

Depending on which end of the deal you’re on the lyrics to the songs on my list hurt in different ways.

More than a week ago I told Strib assistant managing editor and editor Terry Sauer I was coming up with a list — since readers like lists — of songs to commemorate Love’s departure. I’ve been busy and hadn’t gotten around to it but my memory was jogged and annoyingly so by Seth Meyers, of NBC’s “Late Night.”

Making a joke about the upcoming trade, Meyers quipped that you can find love in a hopeless place.

That’s clearly a reference to the Rihanna song “We found Love (In a Hopeless Place).”

Ah, Seth, you’ve performed in Minneapolis. Just in case that was not a reference to the NBA team, I am sure you noticed that Minneapolis is not a hopeless place and neither is St. Paul.

Tell your writers to check again. When Randy Newman sings “Burn On,” I don’t believe he says “There’s a red moon a rising on the Mississippi River.”

No, these are the lyrics Newman penned: “There’s a red moon rising on the Cuyahoga River rolling into Cleveland to the lake.”

And just so you’re not confused, Newman’s being sarcastic about the environmental disaster that caused the Cuyhoga River to catch fire when he sings “Cleveland, city of light, city of magic/ Cleveland, city of light, you’re calling me.”

We wish Kevin Love, who probably wishes LeBron James’ beloved hometown was located in California, the best his quest to be in the ultimate NBA playoff game.

Without future adieu, some Kevin Love traveling music, that may be good bumper music for Minnesota and Ohio sports radio stations.


“You can’t Hurry Love,” — The Supremes (With Diana Ross)

“Love Shack” -- B-52s

“For the Love of you,” — Isley Brothers

“Love, Love, Love” — Donny Hathaway

“Everybody’s Got the Right to Love,” — the Supremes (without Diana Ross)

“Love Is Going to Get You” — Patti Austin

“Bad Love” — Eric Clapton

“The love I lost,” — Harold Melvin & the Blue notes

“Let’s just kiss & say goodbye” — the manhattans

“California girls” — Katy Perry

“Bad Luck,” — Teddy Pendergrass

“Time to Say Goodbye” — Angela Bofill


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