Mix Tape Monday: The (Unrequited) Crush Mix

Portlandia Mix Tape

Welcome Back to Mix Tape Monday, the blog series that celebrates the lost art of mix-tape making.  Today is Part II of our “Crush Mix” series, the Unrequited Crush!

Now, there are two types of Unrequited Crush Mix.  The first is made up entirely of Smiths songs like “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me” and is made for moping around because boo-hoo, your crush doesn’t notice you.

This is not that mix.

Rather, this is one that celebrates the unrequited love as a love that cannot ever be, but is still fun to have.  It’s the kind of crush that makes you happy and tingly because you know it can never be consummated, which is how it can remain so perfect.  This is a mix solely for you to listen to when you are feeling dreamy and excitable and giddy in love, so go crazy.

This mix is called the Grey Chalk Playlist (2014) and it’s fairly brief.

Fan Mail

Because I made this one for my TV-crush, I open it with a sound clip from one of his shows so I can hear his sexy, sexy voice.  It, ah, sets the mood.

I’m Goin’ Ahead With The Sex

Unlike the Crush mix, no one is ever going to hear this one except for you, so go ahead and put on the sultry tunage.  You know, the ones you practice doing an imaginary striptease to.  We all have them, so let’s gather them in one place.  You can never go wrong with a classic like Joe Cocker’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” or something trashy, like Lita Ford’s “Kiss Me Deadly.”   My opening number was “A Call From The Vatican” from Nine, because I’m a siren.

Sleepin’ With The TV On

If your crush is an actor, as mine is, here’s where you can put some songs about the glorious medium that is film/TV. Genesis “Turn It On Again,” Suzanne Vega “If You Were In My Movie” or JaR’s “Scene 29” were all ones I used, but there are plenty of other great movie tunes.  You may also want to put a song featured in one of his movies to remind you of all the good times you spent snuggled up on your couch under a blanket.

If the object of your affection is a writer (or a book character) use songs about writing — “The Book of Love” by the Magnetic Fields, “The Book I Read” by the Talking Heads, “Wrapped Up in Books” by Belle and Sebastian…you get the picture.  Celebrate their career–Van Halen, “Hot For Teacher” Thomas Dolby “She Blinded Me With Science,” Dusty Springfield, “Arrested By You.”  Dig deep into your collection and find some gems.

Mrs. L. C. W.

Here is where you can imagine your life together.  He falls in love with you like Donald Fagen’s “Slinky Thing” and takes you to a restaurant where Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” is playing, then he kisses you to the Magnetic Fields’ “Nothing Matters When We’re Dancing” and you get married and it’s beautiful and you dance to The 6ths “Just Like a Movie Star.”

Love Letters

Maybe you know the object of your affection well enough to have talked about music.  Heck, maybe you even have a “song” that you declared because you heard it are 100% not a stalker. I like The Smiths’ “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out.”  I listen over and over and it makes me dreamy.  Close out the mix on a lovely note, drifting and imaginative.

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3 Comments

  1. Have just stayed up far too late because I could not put your book down…. Loved it!! Looking forward to the next one! Cheers G.S ( Tasmania, Australia )

  2. Hi there. I ended up on your website searching the net for other folks who love the art of making a mixed cd. I’m looking to swap with some people who enjoy doing this. You make a mixed cd for stranger’s and get their mixed cds in return. Via snail mail. Is this something that interests you? If so please email me at ccaplett@yahoo.ca and I’ll give more details. Thanks! Cynthia

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