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From the Vault – Mix Tape For The Love Of My Life

Mix Tape coverIn the ongoing “Because Prompts Are Fun” series, this week’s theme is “Love”

As I mentioned here, I met my wife over the Interwebs back when that wasn’t a thing (total hipster move, for sure).  Our relationship was a long distance one as she was going to school in my hometown and I was going to school about 2.5 hours away.

During our college years, every time I drove out to see her, I would hear Golden Earring’s “Radar Love” on the radio.  Every. Single. Time.  Not only was the song fitting for the situation, but I pretty much took it as a sign that we were meant to be together (I’ve been known to be overly dramatic, and I also sometimes assign meanings and connections to songs… because I’m weird like that).

Anyway, as any child of the 80s would do, I proceeded to make a mix tape for Kim.  Oddly enough, “Radar Love” is missing from the tape but I chalk that up to not actually owning it at the time (remember, this is prior to iTunes and one-click music purchases.  Heck, .mp3s were still not widely used or known about at this point!).

So, here it is, my recently unearthed mix tape from 1996.  Don’t judge.

Side One

  1. The Trees (Rush)
  2. Glycerine (Bush)
  3. Night Swimming (REM)
  4. Black (Pearl Jam)
  5. Disarm (Smashing Pumpkins)
  6. Iris (Live)
  7. Thank You (Led Zepplin)
  8. Beth (KISS)
  9. Dreams (Van Halen)  (Listed as “Higher” on the tape)
  10. Closer to the Heart (Rush)
  11. An Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town (Pearl Jam)

Side Two

  1. Today (Smashing Pumpkins)
  2. Jesus Don’t Want Me for a Sunbeam (Nirvana cover)
  3. Drive (Cars)
  4. In Your Eyes (Peter Gabriel)
  5. Not Enough (Van Halen)
  6. Sullivan Street (Counting Crows)
  7. Love Walks In (Van Halen) (Listed as “Love Comes Walking In” on the tape)
  8. Alien (Bush)
  9. Lullabye (Billy Joel)

Mix Tape Song ListThese are all songs that still evoke some strong emotions in me (even if some of them are from Van Hagar).  They may not all be love songs per se, but they meant something to Kim and I.

Eventually, Kim and I would go on to get married, and have a long, heated discussion as to what our wedding song should be.  “Thank You” won out over “In Your Eyes”.  “In Your Eyes” is about a minute longer than “Thank You” but, there are ten seconds of dead air between a fade-out and the crescendo at the end of “Thank You”, which makes for an awkward first dance…

What are some of your favorite love songs, or songs that evoke strong emotions in you?  Have you ever made a mix tape for your significant other?  What do you think of my 1990s choice of music?
Because Prompts Are Fun for February 15, 2013.  
Presented by Tales from The Nursery and iNeed a Playdate.