Mixed tape


I am reading a book about a music therapist and she likes to ask people this question “What songs would be on a mixed tape that describes you?”

And I realize that no one makes mixed tapes or even cds anymore (though I still have all the ones I ever made). But the question still got me thinking. I have always loved music…all kinds of music. Music speaks to me. From Hank Williams to Enya to Eminem. Music is so intertwined with memory and emotion. You know the songs…the ones that can instantly take you somewhere. Moments or even entire summers can be remembered with just a few notes.

And I have never been able to answer the question on those chain emails “What’s your favorite song”. I mean seriously? Just one? Impossible.

But to try to create a mixed tape of songs that would describe me…now that is a little different.

So here is my best attempt to describe a complex human personality in only 10 songs (in no particular order):

1. Fat Boy, Jewel

2. I Know I Can, NAS

3. One Day, Matisyahu

4. Somewhere Over the Rainbow, Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

5. Pieces of You, Jewel

6. Words, Ryan Adams (kind of an obscure song, only covers on youtube)

7. Amazing, Blue October

8. Forever, Ben Harper

9. Someday, Brett Dennen

and of course…what girl can’t relate to this song at times

10. I’m a Bitch, Meredith Brooks

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.”-Billy Joel


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