Our Valentine's girl crush this year is Micayla Grace, a dear friend, amazing bass player, animal rescuer and disability advocate. When she's not on tour playing bass for the likes of Albert Hammond, Jr. (the Strokes), or formerly for punk band Bleached and Charli XCX, she's at home in the California desert with her two rescue dogs, Buddy and Stu, and her longtime partner and fellow musician Jon Sortland (the Shins, Cigar, EV Kain), working as a disability advocate. We asked Micayla for some rapid-fire romantic inspiration, and see kindly obliged.
THE MOST ROMANTIC THING?
A compilation tape from a boy I had a crush on when I was 16. His hands were shaking when he gave it to me. I listened to that tape obsessively, decoding all the secret love messages. My heart still skips a beat when I hear any of the songs that were on it. One of them was "Love Comes Quickly" by the Pet Shop Boys.
THE CRAZIEST THING I'VE DONE FOR LOVE IS...
Made a secret plan to run off to San Francisco to be with the man I have been with for the last 16 years!
SECRETLY I'M CRUSHING ON...
VALENTINE'S DAY PLANS?
Going to Palm Springs to have a date night at the Parker Hotel with my sweetie.