While seduction songs have lately leaned toward charms of a more physical realm (”My Humps,” ”Laffy Taffy”), there’s still a call for a little old-fashioned romance. Hence, the multiplatinum sales of Michael Bublé: The 30-year-old Canadian continues his run of swoony standards on the eight-song LP With Love, available only in Hallmark stores for a limited time. We asked the crooner for his Valentine’s Day memories, along with a few dos and don’ts.
EW Are you a fan of the holiday?
MB I’m not a fan of people using it as an excuse to not be romantic the rest of the year. I think it’s a good day that’s probably long overdue for a lot of nice women who wish their man was a little warmer with them.
EW Do you have a truly memorable one?
MB Yeah! I had a girlfriend who I probably could have been better to, and I think she was getting really fed up, so I bought an old shoe box, and I filled it with a pair of my shoes I used to wear when I was a little boy, and I put Hershey’s Kisses on top, and then I put a piece of paper that said, ”I would walk a million miles for just one of your kisses.” And she totally bought it, so that was kinda good.
EW Well, given your music, you must have a reputation to live up to…
MB I am a romantic, but I’m not smooth by any means. If you have to compare me to someone, it wouldn’t be Pierce Brosnan. More like Hugh Grant.
EW Oh! I thought you were going to say, like, Danny DeVito or something. So, Mr. Grant, what do you recommend singles do on Valentine’s Day?
MB Celebrate it like it was any other day of the year. Me, I would wake up in the morning and have a coffee and go for a run and have fun. It’s really sad if just because you’re single on Valentine’s Day that gets you down, because I bet there’s a lot of people who wish they were single on Valentine’s Day.
EW Excellent point. So, what’s a good theme song for those single people?
MB ”I Will Survive”! [Reconsiders for a moment] And for a straight person… [Laughs] I don’t know.
EW Okay, let’s say you’ve only been dating a month. How do you approach it?
MB The truth is, you don’t have to spend tons of money, but thoughtful things are what all of us like. You don’t have to take someone to Chez Pierre and buy them a fur coat. It means just as much to buy a single long-stemmed rose and cook them a nice dinner. A little Scrabble, some nice red wine, a little macaroni and cheese. That’s more my style.