Welcome to the first Midlife Bat Mitzvah readers’ contest!
What do you think is the most effective piece of seduction writing ever?
It can be a poem, song lyric, letter, essay, whatever. But it needs to be seductive — meaning an attempt to persuade, not just a general love poem. And it has to be published and findable (i.e., you can’t nominate that amazing mash note that Joey S. passed you in 9th grade math class).
And since you asked, no, I’m not having a midlife crisis and looking for ways to put the moves on my personal trainer. I don’t even have a personal trainer. I was just listening to a pop song in the car (“Down,” big hit from 2009, you’ve undoubtedly heard it even if you don’t know that you have) and thinking what a good seduction song it was.
And then I started thinking about other seduction songs. And then I thought about the
ABSOLUTELY GREATEST MOST BRILLIANT JUST-HAUL-ME-INTO-BED-RIGHT-NOW
piece of seduction writing ever, and how I don’t have the slightest idea what Andrew Marvell looked like and he has been dead for something like 300 years, but I would let him jump my bones in a nanosecond.
(Well, maybe not. I just looked him up on Wikipedia and saw his portrait. Ewww.)
So — back to the contest. Submit a comment at the bottom of this blog entry with your favorite seduction song/poem/writing. Feel free, if you wish, to say a few words about why you like it.
An expert committee made up of Ilana, Ilana, and Simon Cowell will select the best submission.
The prize will be a homemade CD of great seduction songs (if I get a lot of good submissions), or else a bunch of songs that just make me happy.
And now… to get the ball rolling, here are a few of my own nominations:
Lay Lady Lay — Bob Dylan (boy, did this make me melt when I was a teenager and simply using the words “lay” and “big brass bed” seemed risque)
Let’s Spend the Night Together – Rolling Stones (click this link to see Mick & crew in concert in 1967!!)
I’m Yours – Jason Mraz (if Andrew Marvell was a twenty-something indie songwriter in 2009, this is what he would have written)
and of course
To His Coy Mistress — Andrew Marvell.
Let the seducing begin!