Day 163 of 365: a year in songs and photos
Song: Brand New, Mix Tape
Not what I had in mind for today, but this is what came out. Overprocessed and not what I set out to do (the color version just wasn't working for me), but at least I felt a little motivated about the project today. So I got that going for me.
I got a twenty-dollar bill that says no one's ever seen you without
You're always made up.
And I'm sick of your tattoos,
and the way you always criticize the Smiths... and Morrissey.
And I know that you're a sucker for anything acoustic.
But when I say let's keep in touch,
I really mean I wish that you'd grow up.
This is the first song for your mixtape.
It's short just like your temper,
but somewhat golden like the afternoons we used to spend before you got too cool...
I used to make mix tapes all the time. Now I make mix CDs, and not quite as often, or with the same reason, I made tapes. My tapes were legend. They all had themes, and the music ran the gamut from Barry Manilow to hardcore punk. People I barely knew would call and ask me to make them tapes for their girlfriends or boyfriends. Break up tapes were my favorite; the last one I made was in 1999 for someone who was just unceremoniously dumped by a girl he was quite obsessed with. I think I captured the agony of defeat quite well; I started out with Stabbing Westward's "What Do I Have To Do" and ended the tape with Bobby McFerrin's "Don't Worry, Be Happy," just because I thought the guy was better off without her. It made him laugh, so at least he got that out of it.
I'm about to get started on my annual "Driving too fast with the windows down and the stereo on" spring mix CD. CDs are nice and all, but I think the art of the mix tape - and it is an art - died a little when cassettes became passe.
Listen to tonight's song here. One of my favorite songs by this band. It captures the essence of emo kid rejection perfectly. I mean that in a good way. I love this band.