This week we are crushing on Samantha Preis!
Samantha is an American singer-songwriter. She studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and the Philippos Nakas Conservatory in Athens, Greece, from 2006 to 2010, as well has University College London (UCL) from 2013 to 2014. Soulful and introspective, her music casts a spell over its listener with the power of captivating melodies and inspired lyrics. Touching subjects like consciousness, morality, and the human condition, Samantha’s unique approach to songwriting is what sets her apart from her peers.
While Samantha divides her time primarily between London, England and New York, NY, she’s graced the stages of many other cities. She’s performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Middle East, and will expand her reach in 2017. Another impending accomplishment will be some new tunes released this year. Samantha spent a year in Connecticut recording several new tracks to be released in 2017. Take a listen to her special musical stylings below:
What is your definition of romance?
To me, romance is many things. In the traditional way, it can be associated with physical attraction, chemistry, love, etc. To me, it is seeing wonder in another. In relationships, it could be in the desire to please one another, to truly learn and accept someone, to comfort them in hard times, to learn and support their emotional needs, to make loving gestures, etc. Things can also be romantic like an old book or curiosity shop, a cafe or street, or a whole city. People like me are “romantics”, finding poetry in the strangest things. Maybe that’s what makes us artists :)
What is your ideal first date? / What is the best date you’ve ever been on?
I don’t have an ideal first date. I’m pretty casual so would prefer to drink coffee with someone or do something non-traditional like go to a morbid museum or something (I’m weird). I don’t like a lot of pressure on the first date.
One time, a guy invited me to go to the NYC Museum of Natural History….at midnight. He was an astrophysicist and had helped build a telescope for them so he had access to the museum after hours. He knew I loved dinosaurs and reptiles so, first, he took me to meet some awesome turtles that were each about 5 ft long and belonged to one of the curators of the museum. I got to feed the turtles and hold several large snakes (which was the coolest). Then he took me down to see the dinosaurs. When we went to the dinosaur exhibit, there were only a few lights on, illuminating the displays. It was midnight and most of the staff had gone home. He had been wearing a backpack all night and I’d thought he’d been carrying textbooks, but he pulled out a picnic blanket, a bottle of wine, smoked salmon, cheese, a baguette, fresh fruit – the whole shabang!! It was incredible. I felt like I was in a movie or something! We ended up dating for a year :)
What’s your instant deal breaker?
People who are rude to service staff or who have no empathy for children or animals.
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
I like this story from the below article from the Atlantic:
A “husband is a bird enthusiast and notices a goldfinch fly across the yard. He might say to his wife, ‘Look at that beautiful bird outside!’ He’s not just commenting on the bird here: he’s requesting a response from his wife—a sign of interest or support—hoping they’ll connect, however momentarily, over the bird. The wife now has a choice. She can respond by either ‘turning toward’ or ‘turning away’ from her husband…. Though the bird-bid might seem minor and silly, it can actually reveal a lot about the health of the relationship. The husband thought the bird was important enough to bring it up in conversation and the question is whether his wife recognizes and respects that.” *Read the whole article: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/06/happily-ever-after/372573/
If there was one piece of advice you could give to other men/women out there, what would it be?
Don’t get lazy. Relationships are hard work on both sides meaning both people need to do their share to support one another. In addition, I think it’s important to create “rituals” – special things the two of you do together that could be as simple as taking a walk, or a class, or a trip. Try new things: explore new places and have new experiences for the first time together. These things keep the relationship exciting and fresh and give you new adventures to look forward to. Every new experience introduces new colors into the relationship. You may even see a whole side of someone you’ve never seen before!