jessica tholmer
March 30, 2015 6:00 am

Well it is Celine Dion’s birthday, and she recently announced that she will be returning to her Las Vegas residency. Good news, everybody. I learned everything from her.

EINTKILF Celine Dion

1. Express your love through song.
I mean, obviously, since Celine Dion’s songs are all love songs, but what I like about Dion’s songs is that A) they’re usually over-the-top-emotional in a great way and B) She’s got some fierce lines about love.

2. It’s okay to be alone.
. . . because who doesn’t sing “All by Myself” to themselves when they are, well, all by themselves? God, that was a weird sentence. Anyway, “All by Myself” is kind of depressing, but it’s also just the perfect punchline for life. Third wheel with your best friends on a date? “All by Myyyysellllllf.” Working alone in the office? “Don’t wanna beeee—” Early to the bar before your friends meet you there? “Alllll by myself, anymoooore.”

3. Believe in love.
“Love comes to those who believe it, and that’s the way it is.”

This song reminds me of watching Days of Our Lives, and I have no idea why. I guess it might have played at some point, but I can’t place my finger on it. Regardless, love conquers, and you have to believe in it, and if you want it really bad, it’s going to be hard. And that’s OK.

4. Speaking two languages is rad.
Because when you click “shuffle” on your Celine Dion Spotify list, you never know if you are going to get French or English and that’s awesome.

5. Never let go.
Oh, as if I wasn’t going to include “My Heart Will Go On,” even though FUN FACT I wrote an entire EINTKILF on it one time because I’m nuts. In case you are not a human, “My Heart Will Go On” is the (Love Theme from Titanic) and boy is it. The whole theme of this song is that her heart will go on because Rose’s heart kind of has to go on after Jack dies. (Spoiler alert?)

6. Love is powerful.
In fact, the only thing more powerful than love is Dion singing about it. Chills every time she bursts into, “Cause I’m your lady,” in “The Power of Love.” Guess you don’t know what love is if you don’t agree.

7. People can change.
Now obviously we all love Mrs. Potts singing “Beauty and the Beast,” but there is a special place in our hearts for Dion and Peabo Bryson (best name ever?) singing it to us as well. Dion sings about people changing, and accepting that they were wrong. Even without this being about a Disney movie, it would still be a beautiful love song. Since it IS about Beauty and the Beast, it is even easier to love.

8. Take a chance.
I don’t know if this song is underrated or not, but I feel like it is? It’s not usually listed on “Best Celine Dion Songs” lists, but they DID cover it on Glee, so I am not sure where it ranks in people’s hearts. In my own heart, however, it takes almost top spot. “Taking Chances” is such an incredibly powerful song. Nothing motivates me more to take a risk than Dion literally belting out the words telling me to do so. (And also Rachel Berry. In fact, don’t hate on it, Lea Michele slays all of her Dion covers.)

9. Christmas is the most beautiful holiday.
Though I have gone back and forth between loving and hating Christmas over the past five years or so (adulthood ruins the holidays for sure), Dion’s album “These Are Special Times” always puts me in the perfect mood. Every single song on that album accurately represents the Christmas season. Yes, it is my favorite Christmas album, even edging out Mariah Carey and N’Sync. Tell me what is greater than Dion’s “O Holy Night” or “Don’t Save it All For Christmas Day”? Nothing. Nothing is greater. Celine Dion invented Christmas, is basically the lesson I am trying to give you.

10. Getting over love is hard.
I first fell in love with this song when I watched a fan video dedicated to Ross and Rachel that you should all watch riiiiight now, because it is a pure work of art. After that, this song basically just became my favorite song of all-time, even with the wonky lyrics that kind of don’t rhyme. I just need you guys to know that I don’t love this song ironically, I actually feel every word of it very deeply in my heart. Yeah, even when she says, “Whenever you tried to hurt me, I just hurt you even worse and so much deeper.” What a WORDY song lyric. You go girl, though. Who can’t relate to that?

Happy Birthday, Queen Celine !

Featured image via, Celine Dion GIFs via, Rachel Berry GIF via.

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