Tribute Band Romance

What’s your (plural) favorite band? The one you’d both love to see? Tickets can be expensive and their concerts rare.

If it is or was a popular band, chances are there’s a local tribute band playing the hits you both love. And they can be quite good.

Try out a tribute band. If you have kids, get someone to watch them. Do a retro dress up. And on the way, share memories from their music.

At the gig, sing along. Dance like it’s 1999, or whatever year would be appropriate. Let loose and for one evening return to a time when love was young and romance vibrant.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Embrace The Role of Romance In Your Relationship

What is a hotel room? A place with a bed, a shower and some privacy.

If all hotel rooms serve the same function, why do some cost $49.99 a day while others over $40,000 for a place to take off your boots and hang up your hat?

  • Is it the view? A well-placed Budget Inn could have a breath-taking view.
  • Is it the bed? The rate at the local Westin, known for their luxury beds is less than $170 a night.
  • Is it the location? A hotel room on the French Rivera can be under $50 a night.

Yet the Empathy Suite in Las Vegas commands $100,000 a night. (OK. It’s a suite – which is just a hotel room with too many beds and too many doors.)

According to an article on Skift (www.skift.com), the difference between a Holiday Inn, a Soffitel and the Burj Al Arab – luxury hotels romance their customers. They make their customers feel special and important. They know their guests and build a personal relationship with them. That relationship is maintained, nurtured and strengthened.

Romance is like a hotel room.

  • Anyone can give a romantic gift.
  • Anyone can write a caring note or say sweet things to another.
  • Anyone can give a hug and a kiss.

But, and this is vital, only you can create a Romantic Interlude with your sweetheart worth the Oliver Messel Suite.

The difference – the relationship you’ve built with your sweetheart.

Luxury hotels embrace the role of romance in marketing to their high-paying guests. Embrace the role of romance in strengthening your relationship.

  • Take your basic relationship;
  • Add your knowledge about your sweetheart;
  • Connect emotionally with a personal Romantic Interlude;
  • Repeat regularly.

You’ll create a Romance your sweetheart knows is worth the Royal Penthouse Suites at the President Wilson Hotel in Geneva.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Strolling With Your Sweetheart

Strolling is a lost art.

Many people don’t take time to take a stroll. Many couple have forgotten what it’s like to meander along hand-in-hand, enjoying the time together.

Plan a stroll with your sweetheart.  Some place safe and comfortable. It could be a spectacular sunset saunter, overwhelmed with the blazing colors of a setting sun. Or maybe wandering through a park under the light of a full moon.

Invite your sweetheart. Turn off your digital devices. And stroll along together, enjoying the sights and sounds you encounter.

Others might see the same sunset or moonrise, but no one will share your experience.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Romantic Action

I have the outline for a great historic novel, “Operation Domino”. It’s set during the Intifada of the 1980’s. There’s action, a secret society, intrigue, romance, and a hero that becomes the villain. I’ve named characters and researched Middle East the settings.

But haven’t written it – yet.

Then there’s pieces of a song that’s wafted through my head for a couple years. I can hear the tune, the words to the chorus and part of a verse. It’s relatable with a great hook.

But haven’t completed it – yet.

For six months, Chris has been mulling over a great idea for romancing his sweetheart. It involves renting a drop-top car to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to Banner Elk. Rachel loves brunch on the patio at Bodegas and he’d like to give her that Endless-Heart charm for her Pandora bracelet.

He bought the charm but hasn’t reserved the car – yet.

Notice what these have in common?

  • Great ideas.
  • Detailed plans.
  • No action.

If you have a great idea for a romance, if you’ve been inspired by one of my Romantic suggestions, if you’ve heard about an Interlude you know your sweetheart would relish but haven’t taken action, you’re missing a great opportunity for romance.

What’s your reasons for not taking action? Fear? Doubt? Lack of time?

I’m not here to beat you down or try to guilt you into anything. Instead, let me ask a couple questions.

  1. Would you enjoy the romantic idea in your mind?
  2. Would your sweetheart enjoy that idea?
  3. Would you enjoy sharing the Romantic Interlude with your sweetheart?

Yes. Yes! And YES!! And if the outcome looks terrific as an idea, image the outcome of following through.

There’s your reason, that will drive you to take action, to create the Romantic Interlude, to advance your relationship.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Virtual Romantic Date

Will you and your sweetheart be separated by hundreds of miles over a weekend? Take Leroy and Joyce’s idea I recently shared on this blog and set up a virtual date.

Find an hour that’ll work into your schedules. Agree on the “location” for the date. The quieter the better. And if you can, send your sweetheart a little something ahead of time.

At the appointed hour, make a face time call to your sweetheart.

Give each other virtual tours of your locations. Talk about the weather. Tell jokes. Toast the moment and your relationship. Laugh together. And let your sweetheart know how much they’re missed.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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Romance Ruined By Uncertainty

We’ll meet at the beach, between 7:30-8:00. Dress casually.”

Anticipating their date, she headed west. Traffic was worse than expected so his message that he’s running 30 minutes late was appreciated.

She took time to enjoy the sun, fresh air and her tunes.

When she arrived, Joyce found a table where she could enjoy the ocean and feel the breeze fumbling with her hair. Strategically setting her phone so she could both hear and see when he called, she eagerly waited.

Joyce and Leroy had been separated by over 2,000 miles. They’d decided to shrink the distance with a virtual date.

Leroy arrived home from work, anticipating a Saturday night “with” Joyce. He settled onto the sofa, put his feet up and picked up his phone to call. He noticed a message from Joyce. A picture of Joyce with several other smiling faces, drinks in hand on a sunny afternoon. The caption, “my new friends”.

One message led to another which crossed paths with several other messages. Communication went sideways. Speculation overwhelmed facts. Each felt stood-up by the other. The virtual date never started.

Sometimes Romantic Interludes go sideways.

Your attempts to romance your sweetheart gets misinterpreted. Conclusions devoid of facts undermine the Interlude.

  • Outside pressures distort messages.
  • Uncertainties impact communication.
  • Words become garbled in conjectures.

If you attempt to romance your sweetheart and it’s not going as planned:

  1. Ask your sweetheart for a moment.
  2. Quietly question your goal for this Romantic Interlude: is it for your sweetheart? or for you?
  3. Then talk with your sweetheart and ask how “we” can adjust the situation.
  4. Don’t give up.

The goal is to overcome the misunderstanding, modify the Interlude, and romance your sweetheart.

While Leroy and Joyce’s first attempt at a virtual date failed – miserably – they discussed it. And their second attempt turned out brilliantly.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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A Future Star Romantic Interlude

All great comedians and world class musicians start somewhere. At some point they begin their careers in small, intimate venues.

Find out where you can see up and coming stars looking to be discovered. Invite your sweetheart to join you. Bring along a notebook.

As you relax into your seats, pull out the notebook and record the date/location. For each performer, write down their name. Then each of you rate how well they did, how much you enjoyed them and their potential. Talk about it afterwards.

Continue using the notebook on other such outings.

And if any make it big, you can say you say them when and share that memory.

Robert, a hopeless romantic

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