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Genius Guide to Jazz

Romance and the Modern Bachelor

By Published: August 16, 2005
My suggestion would be a filet mignon, roasted potatoes, a tossed green salad, and a good wine. This gives a little something for both of you, is substantial without being too heavy, and demonstrates the classic style that is inherent in the Modern Bachelor. It also earns me a significant kick-back from the National Cattlemen's Beef Association which, while not quite the corporate sponsorship I've been trolling for, certainly beats delivering pizza for a little walking-around money.

Now, once you've got the girl and the meal, you're going to need to set the proper atmosphere. It goes without saying that soft lighting is essential. Candlelight is always a good way to go, but pitch-soaked rags wrapped around a stick is not (unless you want to create a dungeon-like atmosphere, in which case you may want to consult one of those "members only" websites for more information).

Then, of course, there is the jazz. This is arguably the most important part, because the right music can cover a multitude of sins. Ply your date with the proper mix of tunes, and she will look right past the fact that there is enough loose hair in your bathroom to stuff an ottoman. There are hundreds of perfect tunes and scores of ideal artists, but there is really only one CD you need for the perfect romantic evening: John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. If this CD can't get you some leg, then it is just not going to happen for you.

That should be enough to get you started, kids. Give it a go this month and let me know how it turns out. Till next month, exit to your right and enjoy the rest of AAJ.

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