Also new to me as a child of an upscale, white Long Island suburb: the composition of the audience.
There were an overwhelming number of black women filling the vast Mandalay Bay Convention Center, which was unusual enough for a show on the Las Vegas Strip. Those relationships fascinated me — and made a certain sense.
These are songs you could play to your current squeeze immediately after saying, "Steve/Miriam, this song explains my feelings for you, which may be nuanced but are ultimately positive," and not expect to sleep on the couch.
Bloggers, DJs, and critics helped us assemble this comprehensive list of great love songs. One, we excluded breakup songs and come-back-to-me songs and please-sleep-with-me songs.
In the earliest months of our relationship, my now-husband wanted me to understand something fundamental about his tastes, so he took me to a concert with acts I’d only vaguely heard of.