Okay, I just dated myself a little. Now everyone makes playlists or burns CDs. But when I was in high school, and college, and beyond (yep, I regularly look at my toddler smearing yogurt on the table and think, ah yes, for this I went to grad school) we made mix tapes when we were falling in or out of love.
I had a boyfriend whose mix tapes were works of art. He was the first in the long line of hygienically challenged whiners that made up my dating history until I met my husband, and honestly? I blame the mix tapes. Easier than blaming my own bad taste, for one thing. But seriously, these mix tapes were so good that I was convinced even the most self-absorbed loser secretly had a romantic soul yearning for expression. So I’d hang on ages past the affair’s expiration date, hoping to receive a ninety minute slice of music saying all the things he only wished he could say aloud.
Turns out no, it never happened again. Making mix tapes was just that one boyfriend’s mutant skill. What can I say, I’m a slow learner.
It was all grist for the writing mill, so no regrets. And not only do I still have his mix tapes, but to this day I’m obsessed with making my own. And making them for friends. And making them for the imaginary friends I call “characters in my books.”
I present to you the official Her Heart’s Divide Mix Tape. Playlist. Whatever. Enjoy! Give it a listen – and tell me, what songs would you put on a playlist covering love, heartbreak, and happily ever after?
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