Wednesday, November 30, 2005

There's danger even in the simple word hello. . .

If I was in love with you, this is the mix tape I’d make for you.

At first, you’d read the track listings and you’d find them clichéd and obvious. Maybe not "indie" enough. You'd even let out a patronizing sigh at the inclusion of Jack Johnson song, as you turned and walked away from me.

But then, you'd go home and light a cigarette. And somewhere between the fifth and sixth song, you’d smile, and perform an equally clichéd gesture. You’d be brave enough to send me flowers, which you know I hate.

But I’d love them, because they’d be from you.

Matt Costa- Astair
Bright Eyes- First Day of My Life
The Postal Service- Brand New Colony
Jack Johnson- Cupid
Lowest of the Low- Subversive
Bloc Party- This Modern Love
Tegan and Sara- Underwater
Big Sugar- I Want You Now
Cake- Love You Madly
Aqualung- Brighter than Sunshine
The Meadow- (hed) p.e.
The Futureheads- Hounds of Love
The Perishers- Weekends
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists- Timorous Me
Stellastarr*- My Coco
BigWig- The Girl in the Green Jacket

And then, after the flowers dried and rotted, I’d put these songs on a CD. I’d put it on repeat and write you a long letter, while drinking black coffee in my pajamas, with my hair in a greasy pile on top of my head.

Counting Crows- Anna Begins
The Wrens- She Sends Kisses
Bloc Party- Positive Tension
Stereophonics- Nothing Compares to You (cover)
Emilianna Torrini- To Be Free
Mundy- To You I Bestow
The Magic Numbers- Love is Just a Game
Stars- One More Night
Maximo Park- Postcard of a Painting
Hawksley Workman- Romanticize the Automobile
Jets to Brazil- Sea Anemone
The Stills- Still in Love Song
Jeff Buckley- Last Goodbye
Magenta Lane- The Constant Lover
Matt Pond PA- Closest
The Wrens- Miss Me

I'd finish my coffee, have a shower and get dressed.

The letter would remain unsent, and the CD would become a coaster.


  1. So either you love me or I'm just looking rather desperate... Why me? Simple, I'm the first comment, duhh...

  2. I love this post. Besides the fact that I am in need of some new music, I also know that you are the best cd maker I know.

    People are so critical when it comes to other peoples music, it cracks me up

    Mexican cooking day is gonna rule!

  3. Anonymous9:59 AM

    I have to agree what Monique said, Jess you are the best CD-maker!

  4. Anonymous9:10 PM

    I'm pretty sure there's some profound meaning hidden between the lines of this post. But I haven't quite been able to figure it out. So I've decided whatever it is, it must be a girl thing. Much like guys related to Fight Club better than women. Good post either way.

    Also, I'm clearly very out of touch with the music world. I'm going to crawl back in my hole now.

  5. Nearly died today. It was insane. Anyway...

  6. Rob, I just looked at your blog, and saw that u are published and I was impressed. I then read Jess' comments on the title of the book, which also made me laugh. Oh Jess, so sarcastic.....This is why you are so much fun at the bar

  7. Mix tape romance is totally dreamy. It speaks of unfulfilled desire and too many hours in front of the computer. Or something vaguely like that. Either way it's fabulous.

  8. Anonymous2:11 AM

    oh, not indie enough my butt. you're such a music snob miss lockhart.