Ooh, the mix tape. Those two words conjure up images, for me at least, of sitting on the floor of my bedroom, 14 years old, pressing PLAY + RECORD when the radio plays my mostfavoritesongever, and then again when my nextmostfavoritesongever comes on.
I admit, I made more than a few unrequited-love-songs tapes in my teen years. I was even the recipient of a mix tape, later, when it wasn't a tape, but a newfangled cd. I can't even remember what was on the disc I was given, except that I wondered why he'd chosen to add Shaggy's "It Wasn't Me."
Where is all this mix tape nostalgia coming from, you ask? Well, the cd player in my MomUV crapped out the same week I realized I have only 6 of about 75 cds uploaded to my computer. So, I sat down and started ripping.
Disc 1: Simply titled, "John Mayer" written in a college boy's scrawling letters. I remember this frat boy, I begged him to burn me a cd by this new guy I'd heard at that year's Memphis in May Beale Street Music Festival. Year: 2002
Disc 2: "Soft Dave," a compilation of all the slow and easy Dave Matthews Band songs that was to be played during my labor & delivery with B Number One. (It wasn't played, because I left it at home, only to endure a 54 hour labor completely music-less) Year: 2004
Disc 3: "Pat Green," while there are ample Pat songs, there are also additions from the Black Crowes, Ray Charles, and Cross Canadian Ragweed. Stolen, or, um, obtained, from a friend during a weekend trip to see her in Fayetteville. Year: 2001
Disc 4: Jason Mraz, "Mr. A-Z," given to me by BFF a few weeks before we had a girls' night out to see Mraz in concert fall. Year: 2009
Disc 5: "J's Mix for Sis," a true mix-tape-cd my brother made for me. Featuring lots of acoustic John Mayer (the best way to listen, in my opinion), some Jack Johnson, Ben Harper, Van Morrison, one Hall & Oates tune to throw you off, Jimmy Eat World, Maroon 5, the Beatles, Cake, and Relient K. Year: 2006
And I'm just getting started. Disc 6 is one of the coolest wedding guest gifts I've ever seen. My friends Mollee and Nathan made a mix of Hers, His, and Ours songs including Ella Fitzgerald, The Killers, Norah Jones, Jamie Cullum, David Crowder Band, and Louis Armstrong.
It was Disc 6 that got me thinking about a blog post....
If I were to make a mix tape of all the songs that remind me of my husband, a Hers, His, and Ours compilation of our own, what would I add?
To be certain:
+ Walking in Memphis, Marc Cohn (because a weekend trip to Memphis is the first and only getaway we've ever had as a couple, sans kids)
+ Must Have Done Something Right, Relient K (because with lyrics like "I know that it's so cliche to tell you that everyday I spend with you is the new best day of my life" it is so fun and funny and true)
+ God Bless the Broken Road, Rascal Flatts (because I fell in love with that song long before it got way overplayed, and really, what couple doesn't have a broken road story?)
We Got Love *and* I Am Your Man, Ryan Shaw (because those songs both make me swoon, and so does my husband)
+ Welcome Table, an old gospel song recorded by Dan Zanes (because there isn't an old gospel song that my Baptist-bred hubby doesn't know by heart)
+ Mustang Sally, Wilson Pickett (because we dance to a street performance in Memphis)
+ Summer Lovin', from Grease (because he and his best friends wife karaoke'd this at our wedding, and we can't hear it without remembering that superfun night)
+ Ain't No Other Man, Christina Aguilera (because there ain't no other man, and it was the ringtone when he called me for the loooongest time)
+ I Can't Help Loving You, Ray Charles (because Ray was one of the first date movies we watched together, and my hubs sang all through the film)
+ At Last, Etta James (because he sang this, and lots of Sinatra to our first baby girl the night she was born)
+ Ain't to Proud to Bed, the Temptations (because he, all kinds of goofy, serenaded me with this once, and we still sing it to each other occasionally)
+ Rad Moves, Backyardigans (because that man knows every word of every song on every kid cd we have, and he's not afraid to jam with his babies)
+ Be Thou My Vision,
+ Holy, Holy, Holy,
+ Great is Thy Faithfullness
+ How Great Thou Art, all standard hymns we both love (because I love standing next to him in church and hearing his voice sing praises to our God)
Oh, there are lots more, and of course now that I sit down, I can't think of them. I think I'll make a running list of "our songs".
What's on your list?