What is romance . . . (continued)

What is romance?

Am still looking to define what is romance or romantic.

Could it be a song?

When you hear “Michelle” by The Beatles or “Love Is a Many Splendored Thing” or the theme from “Swan Lake” by Tchaikovsky, do you think of romance or become romantic? Some people do. They will hear a song, maybe catch just a couple measures and a smile starts tp appear on their face and their eyes light up just a bit. You know what I’m talking about. Now would you say that songs or music defines romance or romantic?

Along with music it could be dancing. Do you picture a couple embraced in a slowly turning waltz as they seem to float around the ballroom to the music of Richard Strauss? Or is it holding your special someone as you as you gently sway to Eric Clapton’s “The Way You Look Tonight”? You might even feel romantic or the romance blossom between you and your sweetheart as your eyes meet and linger as you free dancing to a hip-hop tune. There’s no one there but just the two of you in that moment. Is that romance or being romantic?

And for you it could be holding a dozen roses that your sweetheart brought to you. Yes, they are definitely red. It could be a CD of special songs your sweetheart burned for you. This is especially true if she asks you to play them while you’re heading to your place for dinner. Or maybe it’s a framed picture your sweetheart gave you, a picture of the two of you together at the concert. Is that romantic?

Which of the above scenarios feels romantic to you?
Which would bring a gentle tingle and a knowing little smile to your face?

I really am going to get to a definition of romance or romantic. I’m just wandering a little bit because I want to trigger your imagination to wander unpredictably down different alleyways and visit different store fronts as you think about what is romance or being romantic. You might arrive at the definition of romance or romantic before I do.

I’d love to hear from you about the most romantic thing that you’ve ever experienced. Tell me what happened and why it was romantic for you. Please keep it to 500 words or less and maybe I’ll share it on my blog. Send it to Robert@RomanceAlive.com. You’re also invited to visit me at http://www.RomanceAlive.com.

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About RomanceALIVE

Helping people grow relationships via romance. Been studying, researching, observing what is romance and how to be romantic since the 90's.
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