Soundtrack to your sex scene

This is Jeff Groat. He’s the Runner’s sex columnist. He has only one qualification for the job: his last name sounds like a dirty word. That’s good enough for us.

Jeff B&WBy Jeff Groat [Entertainment Bureau Chief]

So you invite your significant other over for a really nice, romantic dinner. You eat, finish the wine or Colt 45 (it works every time), and start getting fresh  on the couch. Then it hits you. Cannibal Corpse is really not the best to listen to during sex.

There are some songs and artists that are actually conducive to love-making, but the choice is critical.

Let’s say that you and your special friend share eclectic taste  in music and you both rank Tom Waits in your favourites.
Listening to Waits while having coffee is one thing, but while you’re in the sack, it’s an entirely different story.

Given the rather vulnerable states that you and your friend are in, the music choice can either enhance the situation or make things really awkward—it all comes down to mood.
The late comedian Mitch Hedberg looks at it one way.

“Some songs have a special meaning for a man in regards to a woman, but this can backfire because maybe the song had deeper meaning to begin with, but now it’s been cheapened… ‘We are the world, we are the children, we are the ones who make a better life so let’s keep on givin’.’ ‘Remember that song, baby? The night I fucked you in the pet cemetery?’”

Although he’s talking about, shall we say, a unique, situation for sex, the same reasoning works here for the rest of us, though in reverse.

Stay away from songs that connote themes or ideas you wouldn’t normally bring into sex, songs like the circus theme, or the Star Spangled Banner.
Stick to music that’s relaxing and easy to listen to, music that you could sleep to, only sexier. Think something like Massive Attack.

Soul, R&B, and reggae are obvious choices because of their beats—beats that are reminiscent of the, um, “rhythmic” nature of what you’ll soon be doing.

Keep in mind it’s no longer the 70’s and you’ll never get away with putting on Barry White’s “Let’s Get It On,” no matter how cool you think you are.

Even Bob Marley’s “No Woman No Cry” is pushing it. Come on, we’re all in university and we’re supposed to be educated and cultured. Branch out a bit and find something that suits you. It’s sexy to listen to good music in the new millennium.