When it comes to dating, it gets challenging coming up with new ideas. Coffee dates feel like job interviews, bars get too loud, and it’s safe to say ‘Netflix and Chill’ is played out.
It’s time we get back to the basics. Turn off your T.V. and turn on your stereo. Offer to cook for your lady. If you don’t know how to cook, invite her over to teach you how to cook. If neither one of you knows how to cook, you guys have much bigger problems than music.
As a side note, make sure to have pita chips and hummus out as an appetizer. Dude—I know hummus is gross, but I’ve never met a woman who doesn’t love it.
Let’s figure out the best record to have on when she comes over. It’ll help if you have an idea of her music tastes. Do not believe the movies and think you can just put on Marvin Gaye or Barry White. Those days are over. Trust me, if you put those records on your lady will laugh at you. Please don’t make my mistakes.
5. Tom Waits – Heartattack and Vine
If your lady is well versed in Punk & Metal, she most likely loves David Bowie. If she loves David Bowie, she loves Tom Waits. This record wastes no time pushing you into the corner and sitting you down. Looking around, you realize you’re back in the 70’s in a smoke filled jazz club.
4. The Asteroids Galaxy Tour – Fruit
This is a solid album for fans of Pop and EDM. At times this record might get too upbeat and funky for a quiet night in, but it really grooves. One of the most notable tracks on the album is “Crazy”.
3. The Everybodyfields – Nothing Is Okay
For fans of Country and Folk this is a beautiful record. Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn fronted the band, singing back and forth their stories of love’s give and take. The harmonies, the fiddles, the slide guitar, it brings out the best parts of Americana without any gimmicks.
2. M. Ward – Transfiguration of Vincent
If she’s an all around Indie/Rock kind of gal, this album has never let me down. I don’t know how M. Ward does it. The record has so much warmth and soul; it’s hard to believe it wasn’t recorded in the 60’s.
And finally the safest bet…
1. Howlin’ Wolf – Moanin’ In The Moonlight
The title of the record says it all. It’s a great soundtrack to a night in. I’ve only dated one woman who hated the Blues. I slowly learned her beauty was only matched by her vindictiveness. So, if you ever come across a lady who can’t sit through this album… RUN!
Some honorable mentions: Little Joy – Little Joy and The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt. If you’re worried she’s heard everything on this list and you want to try and stump her: Kim Fowley – Living In The Streets.
Now that you picked the music, it’s time to get to work. Remember, even if you burn the food to a crisp, you can always order pizza. It’ll make a funny story for the grandkids.