It also touched on memories of how music played a part in our early relationship, specifically through the mix tapes we made for one another when we were first identifying as boyfriend/girlfriend, when we lived across the river from one another and relied on phone calls and sharing our favorite things to generate that closeness. I credit those early mix tapes with our quick courtship, just 78 days in we got engaged, married 82 days after that.
A mix tape is a powerful thing.
True confession: I've made lots of mix tapes & CDs in my life but I've only ever made one for someone else. For him. And that tape was laced with some powerful mojo.
Since we chose the theme of this month's shuffle, I've been searching high and low for that particular tape and come up with nothing. I mean, it was over 20 years ago, so it's not surprising, right? But yeah, I still remember the songs. Most of the songs. Well, some of them.
I don't know that I could recreate the exact tape—like I said, it was 20+ years ago—so this is going to be a tribute to that tape. With the added flavor of those 20+ years.
I do remember some of the songs that were included, and it makes for a pretty dramatic playlist. From what I remember, there was Led Zeppelin (Thank You), Metallica (Nothing Else Matters) and Madonna (Crazy for You). That last one was kind of our song back then, seeing as how we slow-danced to it the night we met. In the kitchen. As one does. There also may have been some Black Crowes (She Talks to Angels).
I remember that he made me a tape, too, and it included Tom Petty (Free Fallin') and a somewhat obscure Hawaiian band called Cecilio & Kapono, who are sort of like Hawaii's version of CSN.
Today, disregarding all those other songs that I listed, here is the mix tape I would make:
- Need You Now (Lady Antebellum)
- Hello, I Love You (The Doors)
- Heard it in a Love Song (Marshall Tucker Band)
- Yellow (Coldplay)
- Wagon Wheel (OCMS)
- Our House (CSN)
- Nightswimming (REM)
- In My Life (Johnny Cash)
- Lovesong (The Cure)
- Love Me When I'm Gone (3 Doors Down)
- Bless the Broken Road (Rascal Flatts)
Now, as this is the monthly Mix Tape Shuffle link up, I do hope that you will play along. The link up is below, so get on that mix tape shuffle of your own love songs and let's play. There are a few other bloggers playing along & we all hope you do, too!