Five Questions About Love Posed to a Loveland Favorite
1. If you had to choose one favorite love song, what would it be and why?
"Amor de Mis Amores", sung by Natalia Lafourcade, originally by Agustín Lara.
It’s a completely disarming declaration of love, the sweetest and most giving kind. It’s also one of our songs (My partner, Andrew and I)
But also, "Nessun Dorma", the epic aria from Puccini’s Turandot. Music wise, it’s triumphant love in all its splendor. Shivers, every time I hear it.
2. How old were you when you first fell in love? Can you say who it was?
My first REAL love was Iñigo, who I’m still good friends with, he’s Basque and lives outside Bilbao. I was 22 and we were together for seven years.
3. What flower has the pure fragrance of love? Maybe not a flower?
Orange blossom. It’s both sweet and innocent and sensual and amimalic. There’s so many different facets to it.
In terms of scent extraction, orange blossom and the orange tree in general is also the most giving… as love should be.
4. What is your favorite love story and why?
Not a traditional choice, but I’m going to go with Roberto Benigni’s La Vita è Bella.
She defends and gives up her place in society to be with him, who idolizes her. And then their love for their son... with the dad in turn sacrificing everything for the boy’s survival. It’s tragic of course, but it’s beautiful because the love was so perfect.
I also love the character of Tatyana’s in Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin. So strong, and such silent passion. To declare your love, be turned down, and then when he returns begging to take him back, she denies him… admitting she will always secretly love him but his chance is over. Wow.
5. What do you love about Provincetown?
The old cottages, the roses and hydrangeas, the beautiful Cape light, the sunsets, the happy summers, the bike rides though the dunes, Hatches Harbor, tomato and mayo sandwiches, Tea-tinis at the Red Inn, dinners at Sal’s Place, dancing at A-house, dressing up during Carnival and Halloween, friends, freedom and tolerance and everyone happy and in harmony.