Mix Tape

Dear Lucie (who we’ve been calling Louie lately),

I realize you will never really know what a mix tape is, nor will you get one from a high school crush or a college suitor.  You will instead probably be tagged to a Pandora station or something equally easy to throw together.  But can I just tell you how long it took to queue up a song on one tape and then record it perfectly onto another using a dual cassette player?  If that isn’t a labor of love, then I don’t know what is.

So here is my mix tape for you, based on our first two years together with the HUGE CAVEAT that I don’t really listen much to lyrics like your other mama, so there is a good chance I’ll put something mildly inappropriate here.  Apologies, but you get the gist.

Side A

  1. “It Takes Two” by Marvin Gaye– referring to the number of mamas it takes to pin you down during tooth brushing or nail clipping.
  2. “Bad” by Michael Jackson
  3. “Run the World (Girls)” by Beyonce— a.k.a. “Run Our World (just Louie singlehandedly)”
  4. “Don’t Cry” by Guns n’ Roses
  5. “Bull in a China Shop” by Barenaked Ladies
  6. “Splish Splash” by Bobby Darin
  7. “Hot Mess” by Cobra Starship
  8. “Up All Night” by Slaughter
  9. “Big Girls Cry” by Sia
  10. “Shout” by Tears for Fears
  11. “Breakdown” by Tom Petty
  12. “Bad Girls” by M.I.A.

 

Side B

  1. “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder
  2. “These Are the Days” by Van Morrison
  3. “My Life Would Suck Without You” by Kelly Clarkson
  4. “Blessed” by Elton John
  5. “I Hope You Dance” by LeeAnn Womack
  6. “Gracie” by Ben Folds
  7. “Growing Up” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis
  8. “Kooks” by David Bowie
  9. “Sing For You” by Tracy Chapman
  10. “Baby Mine” by Various (favorite version is Bette Midler’s)
  11. “What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
  12. “In My Life” by The Beatles
  13. “Goodnight My Angel” by Billy Joel
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