Seduction Meals is about food + romance and the premise that everyone should learn to master one dish that is their signature dish—a Seduction Meal, to enchant and captivate that special someone in your life...
So you've got the meal, you've got the date, but don't forget another key ingredient- the music. Music has the amazing power to influence a person's mood--it can make you feel good, sexy, blue, happy. Set up a music play list to complement your romantic meal for two. Try a few from this suggested playlist. You can also listen to the songs with the music player below:
David Gray / Sail Away
Stateless / Bloodstream
Amel Larriuex / For Real
Beirut / Nantes
The Temper Trap / Fools
Frou Frou / Let Go
John Mayer / I Don't Trust Myself (with Loving You)
There's nothing more blissful than spending an entire morning in bed with your loved one, enjoying a romantic breakfast in bed, a soothing cup of coffee or a glass of champagne, the NY Times crossword puzzle, a good book, or just listening to some great tunes. Here is a list of songs to inspire your music play list for a lazy morning in bed. You can also listen to them below:
Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
Mazzy Star - Fade Into You
Sufjan Stevens - To Be Alone With You
Bob Marley - No Woman No Cry
Peter Frampton - Baby I Love your Way
KT Tunstall - Heal Over
Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
Brooke Fraser - Without You
Angus & Julia Stone - Big Jet Plane (LOVE this one!)
When enjoying your romantic meal for two its always best to create a music play list that will reflect the mood of your special soiree. I like to mix things up: different genres, different tempos, and seductive sounds of both male and female artists. Here are three CDs that offer up an array of sultry sounds with Blues, R&B and pop tunes from Cyndi Lauper to Jaheim to Marcy Gray.
Cyndi Lauper's latest is a full-on blues album with help from B.B. King, Charlie Musslewhite, and Johnny Lang, among others. From the opening moments of "Just Your Fool" it immediately becomes apparent that this is a heartfelt, gritty, and emotional album. And it is blues all the way. "Crossroads" is another standout, with the guitar work from Lang....typically stellar. But this album does not rest strictly on the guest performances. "Down So Low" and "Romance in the Dark" are basically Cyndi's solo work, making the whole thing even more impressive. (amazon.com review).
The Sellout is the Grammy Award winning singer / songwriter Macy Gray's first album in more than 3 years. It's clear from opening moments of the record's first single, the irresistibly anthemic "Beauty In The World", that The Sellout is the work of an artist who has reconnected with the essence of her creative gifts after a long, soul-numbing journey through the music biz's star-making machinery.
Sparkling melodies and personal lyrical insights dazzle throughout The Sellout, an authentic and confidently delivered statement from one of contemporary music's most skillful and creative forces. The highlights are rich and plentiful including the alluring, soul-pop groove of "Lately", "That Man" a mouth-watering slice of Ting Ting's inflected 80's new-wave, the Joan Jett meets T- Rex thump and screaming Slash guitar of "Kissed It", and the beguiling, "Still Hurts", a vulnerable, emotion filled keep-sake ballad, just to name a few. (Review Amazon.com)
For fans of true R&B, this is the CD we have been waiting for from Jaheim. Stand out tracks are `Ain't Leaving Without You', `Finding My Way Back', `II Pink Lines', `Closer' and `Whoa'. But the BEST track on the CD is "In My Hands". This song will bring chills to you. Thank You Jaheim for giving us music fans some grown folks music...there is still hope for true R&B. (Amazon.com)
If you like to shake your hips to the sounds of Salsa, Bossa Nova and Afro Cuban sounds---here are two intriguing CDs to help create a stimulating play list for your next Spanish,Portuguese or Latin inspired Seduction Meal.
Amazon Review: A remarkable revolution is taking place in Latin music these days, as
electronica and remixing meet the more traditional rhythms of
Argentinean tango, Afro-Cuban son, Brazilian bossa nova and Colombian
cumbia. On Putumayo's new collection, Latin Lounge artists such as
Sidestepper, Si*Sé, Charanga Cakewalk and others prove that there can
be a magical blend of modern musical trends and traditional Latin
A Smoker! The companion CD to volume 1 and every bit as good. This release has
the top cream of old school salsa in it. Not one bad track in the lot.
Of all the salsa compilations I have come across, this and vol. 1 are
as good as it gets. Whether you are a hard core Latino or are just a
lover of great music, I highly recommend this. You just can't go wrong
here. Bon appetit.
Truly Great Salsa Although the title may seem a bit smug, this truly is great salsa from
all over Latin America and the Caribbean. This is an ideal collection
not only for a genuine salsaholic but also someone who is looking for
an overview of the genre. There is not a single lame groove on this
disc, and some of my favorites are songs I had never even heard when I
bought it. Some of these songs also have things to say, like the
heartbreaking story of "El Gran Varon" (The Great Male) and the
scathing social commentary of "Plastico." For real old-school salsa,
check out "Las Caras Lindas" (Beautiful Faces) or The Queen of Salsa
herself, Celia Cruz, on "Quimbara." Another great tune is "A la Hora
que Me Llamen Voy" (At the moment they call me, I go) by Jose Alberto
"El Canario": It starts with a crowd scene like Marvin Gaye's "What's
Going On," then the intoxicating chorus begins, the beat kicks in, and
El Canario starts singing in a voice so sensual that it could melt
iron. This is the rare CD on which you will find yourself listening to
every song and not skipping over a single one!
If you are a fan of Goldfrapp, only this time throw in a touch of Abba and Olivia Newton John, then this new album will provide plenty of seductive tunes for your music playlist.
Head First is Goldfrapp's most powerful trip to date, a speedy rush of synth optimism, euphoria, fantasy and romance. With life affirming lyrics and stellar production it lifts off at full tilt and takes us on a journey to the heart of 2010. Fizzy with inspiration, the brand new single `Rocket' is a goose-bump brilliant tune destined to float out of radios across the land. The diversity, ambition and direction of the new album highlights Goldfrapp as true agenda-setters and modern British musical icons.
Head First follows the critically acclaimed Seventh Tree, which saw the NME describe Goldfrapp as `having done the seemingly impossible and become even more fantasy fabulous' and as `sublime, anthemic pop' by The Independent. Head First is the latest in a brilliantly consistent body of work - from the captivating electronic balladry of Mercury nominated debut Felt Mountain and its distorted-dancefloor follow-up, Black Cherry to the glitterball glamour of Supernature which came out in summer 2005 and went on to sell more than a million copies worldwide.
Music plays an important part in your Seduction Meal experience-- it plays to the core of our senses and sets the tone for this special occasion. Select wisely. If its a first date, I would stay away from songs like Je t'aime by Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin, Closer by Nine Inch Nails, or Donna Summer's Love to Love You. However, if this is a VAlentine's Day celebration with your husband or wife or long-time partner--no rules apply. Select whatever music moves you both---that's all it takes.
There are so many wonderful CDs and songs to collect for your romantic music play list. Below is a collection of CD's that have GREAT songs to consider. Some are filled with gems from start to finish and are must-haves for any music collection. Download the CD or a favorite song and get started with your very own playlist. It may take a while to get this right, so its best to start before your date night. info
Joao Gilberto, Stan Getz, Antonio Carlos Jobim /Getz/Gilbert