LET'S FALL IN LOVE: If Today's Cupids Aren't Getting The Job Done, What About A Proven Alternative?
Smart phones and social media connections have taken the place of old standbys, like friend intros and fateful encounters. Even romantics have been reduced to swipe-left, swipe-right picture websites and creepy questionnaires. It wasn't always this way.
Ask George Bugatti and Karon Kate Blackwell, costars of Wizard Of Song. Each met their lifemates with music: Bugatti and his wife locked eyes as he played piano and sang. Karon Kate's husband, famed comedian Marty Allen, saw her singing in LA. Married ever since.
Sam Arlen, the show's host and storyteller (and son of its namesake) knows that magic well, having grown up with the great Harold Arlen, composer of some of the most famous tunes at the heart of America's romantic songbook. Arlen won his life's love, supermodel (in the 1930s!) Anya Taranda with amazing songs like "Let's Fall In Love."
Tunes like that, and his classic "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," show it makes sense that Valentines' Day and Harold Arlen's next-day birthday are so close.
And maybe that points to finding an alternative other than staring at smart phones. Instead of sending social media pictures of Pad Thai, maybe sharing a night of great music would be a better way to connect with someone. Gotta love Beyoncé and hip hop; but there's something about classic American songs that touch hearts from their first hearing. No surprise they can start relationships, or maybe relight a spark.
Why is music so important to dating and mating? According to Science of Relationships, shared musical tastes show similar values and ideals, leading to attraction. So sending a mixtape might still make more sense than picking random selfies from a website.
That, or see Wizard of Song when it hits your town. George Bugatti, Karon Kate Blackwell and Sam Arlen are touring the west coast starting Spring 2018. Keep an eye out for the show. And who knows? The Wizard might work some magic for you.
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