Super-smooth recording star Barry White is no stranger to love. His chart-topping tunes have been making women (and men) swoon for decades.
White, who counseled neighborhood couples at age 14, knew years ago what today's relationship experts (not to mention Ally McBeal) are telling us: It's not just the sex -- it's the intimacy. So how does Barry suggest you pump up the romance? We spoke with him to find out. Here are his top tips for adding more love to your life:
Set the Mood
When you want to set the mood, a romantic song is a must. Play one of Barry's five favorites and watch the sparks fly:
- "I Only Have Eyes for You"
- "I Love You Just the Way You Are"
- "Call Me"
- "Betcha By Golly Wow"
- "I Found Someone"
The Way to His Heart
What does Barry suggest when romance is on the menu? Very small portions of a few foods you know your lover likes. On his grocery shopping list:
- Lobster, hors d'oeuvres style
- Salad of assorted baby greens, lightly seasoned with olive oil and vinegar
- Assortment of bread and butter
- Assortment of raw vegetables
- Strawberries dipped in chocolate
Get His Attention
For Barry, a woman is most attractive when she is "well-spoken, intelligent and stylish -- without being flashy" and doesn't overdo the perfume. But, he says, all men are different. "Not every man is looking for the same thing in a woman."
For Barry, a red-hot evening includes a candlelit dinner and plenty of time.
Heal Your Heart
The cure for a broken heart? According to Barry, you've got to get back out there ASAP and find someone else to love!