Kate (kate_nepveu) wrote,

The Wind from the Sun (thoughts on spring and mix tapes)

Today was a very particular kind of perfect spring day, where the air is just the right temperature to lie completely unnoticed against your skin until a light breeze blows, and the clear sunlight fills everything you see and seems almost to be part of the air. It calls for open windows, grateful strolls, and music.

I used to make mix tapes on themes, and I still remember constructing one on a day just like this, in my old bedroom in Wilmington with the windows open and the breeze ruffling the curtains. I called it "The Wind From the Sun," a title I was never really happy with because it's an Arthur C. Clarke story that doesn't have anything to do with this, but it was all I could think of. [*] Because I am mildly obsessive, I have the contents still in a spreadsheet, and it amuses me as an artifact of my college years:

Side One:

  1. "Crash Into Me," Dave Matthews Band
  2. "Possession," Sarah McLachlan
  3. "Wicked Game," Chris Isaak
  4. "Least Complicated," Indigo Girls
  5. "Sunny Came Home," Shawn Colvin
  6. "She Talks to Angels," Black Crowes
  7. "Free Falling," Tom Petty
  8. "If I Were a Carpenter," Robert Plant
  9. "Standing Outside A Broken Phone Booth With Money in My Hand," Primitive Radio Gods
  10. "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover," Sophie B. Hawkins
  11. "Hey Jealousy," Gin Blossoms

Side Two:

  1. "Senzenina," Power of One soundtrack
  2. "Carnival," Natalie Merchant
  3. "Name," Goo Goo Dolls
  4. "Anniversary Song," Cowboy Junkies
  5. "Don't Dream It's Over," Crowded House
  6. "Fields of Gold," Sting
  7. "These Are the Days of Our Lives," Queen
  8. "Nightswimming," REM
  9. "Solsbury Hill," Peter Gabriel
  10. "Galileo," Indigo Girls
  11. "Tomorrow Wendy," Concrete Blone
  12. "The End of the Innocence," Don Henley

I'd actually change less of this than I thought. I was never happy with "Carnival" there, and I think "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" fits the mood better than "Fields of Gold," but mostly I look at this list and try and remember whether I threw away my cassette tapes, because there are a couple things on here that we don't have digitally (I think I did).

Today I would add:

  • "Show Me," Mint Royale (Youtube)
  • "Say Hey (I Love You)," Michael Franti (sidebar)
  • "Have A Nice Day," Stereophonics (Lala)
  • "Island In The Sun," Weezer (Lala)
  • "Crossing Muddy Waters," John Hiatt (Youtube)
  • probably "Save It For A Rainy Day," The Jayhawks (Last.fm)
  • possibly "Nine In the Afternoon," Panic At The Disco (Lala)

Did you make mix tapes, and if so, on what principle? Do you still, down to track order, or just set up playlists to shuffle?

[*] In the clever-titles vein, my favorite was "Anthem for Headlong Post-Adolescent Romantics," which is worth, oh, call it 10 points.

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