Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Gina Chavez Spencer Selvidge/Courtesy of the artist hide caption toggle caption Spencer Selvidge/Courtesy of the artist Gina Chavez Spencer Selvidge/Courtesy of the artist Austin-based singer/songwriter Gina Chavez has always worn her emotions on her sleeve. Her deeply felt ruminations on things like identity, love, life, fun and joy have made her music an Alt.Latino favorite for quite a few years now. Chavez's voice is perfectly suited to reflect all of those experiences and to take us to places where we dare to let our emotional guards down. So it comes as no surprise to me that I would completely fall under the spell of a new Gina Chavez single from her upcoming EP, Lightbeam. "Heaven Knows" is a sensual groove-poem set to lyrics that address life's most passionate moments. Heaven knows You're just my type From your freckles to you baby toes You taste just right Gina Chavez has so … [Read more...] about Gina Chavez Shares Intimate Love Letter For Valentine’s Day
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Review Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email Enlarge this image Dina Belenko Photography/Getty Images Dina Belenko Photography/Getty Images It is a truth universally acknowledged that no one is more of an expert in love than romance authors. Whether it's a dream date, the most seductive way to show affection or the most dramatic way to declare your feelings, romance novelists know how to set the scene for a truly authentic and emotional moment to make us all swoon. So in honor of Valentine's Day, I asked some of my fellow authors to share the scenes that defined romance for them. The best part: There's nothing here you can't try at home. Maya Rodale is a best-selling romance author. Better at Weddings Than You by Mina V. Esguerra The romance of a simple back rubThere's a scene in Mina Esguerra's Better at Weddings Than You where the hero gives the heroine a back rub. Back rubs are typically romantic, but what makes this one amazing is that Daphne, the … [Read more...] about For Valentine’s Day, Romance Writers Share Their Favorite Moments
How does anyone NOT love Valentine's Day? Let actor and comedian Paul Reiser count the ways... Well, here we are. It's Valentine's Day again, and I have to say I find the whole thing irritating. Not because I'm a curmudgeon, or anti-love. Quite the opposite: I'm a big fan of love. I just don't like being told - by strangers -- that I have to demonstrate it, on this day, in the following ways. And unless you're in the flower, chocolate, jewelry or greeting card business, I don't see how you benefit. If you're a grown-up, anyway. If you're in 2nd grade, sure. Why not give a sweetheart-shaped card and a piece of candy to the cute girl two rows behind you? But even that -- that's been ruined by the mandatory, "We don't want anyone to feel left out, so give cards to the whole class" approach. Because nothing says, "I think you're special" more than "I made 34 of these. Here!" Still, for young people, it's sweet, because they don't know anything yet. But for grownups, I've learned that … [Read more...] about Paul Reiser on “irritating” Valentine’s Day
Looking for that perfect Valentine's Day movie to share with someone special? David Edelstein would just LOVE to offer some suggestions: I wanted to suggest some less-well-known recent love stories to watch this Valentine's Day, in theaters or on video, but nothing in the Nicholas Sparks Factory Warehouse stirred my fancy. That said, love, true love, transcends time, right? In the three films I picked, with a vengeance. I'll start with the most recent, from 2004: "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," a sci-fi comedy with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet, that begins post-nasty-break-up and shows how impossible it is to purge the love of your life from your mind, even if the technology existed. And how you shouldn't want to, no matter how much you want to kill them. "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" (Official site) "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" - Available on Blu-ray/DVD (Universal); Also available via VOD and Digital Download (including Amazon, Google … [Read more...] about Classic romantic movies for Valentine’s Day
Valentine's Day is around the corner -- and Jim Gaffigan, for one, feels cornered by it: I would like to make a plea here: Can we get rid of Valentine's Day as a holiday? I know it's February and most of the country could use a distraction from the fact that winter may never end, but the best we can do is Valentine's Day? Valentine's Day is a holiday about love. We have to cram love into one day. Have we become that self-absorbed as a culture that we have to set aside one day a year to remember to love someone? "Oh, that's right, I should let my wife know I love her." If you need the reminder, it's probably too late. Will you be my Valentine? What does that even mean? Who was this Saint Valentine, anyway? I assume the patron saint of bad gifts, because that's how we express our love on Valentine's Day. I'm sure I'm not alone in finding those Pajamagram commercials just creepy. ["I ordered you some PJs over the Internet."] We also give greeting cards on Valentine's Day. How … [Read more...] about Jim Gaffigan: Can we get rid of Valentine’s Day?