If Ryan, Lila, and Jack Made a Mix Tape

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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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10 thoughts on “If Ryan, Lila, and Jack Made a Mix Tape”

  1. Melly says:

    I understand the power of the mix tape, I loved making them and receiving them. These days I’m obsessed with making playlists for the characters I’m writing about. I’ll even make a “soundtrack” for my entire story.

    I’ll give you the songs I’ve got on my favorite playlist right now:

    Awake My Soul by Mumford & Sons
    Strange And Beautiful by Aqualung
    Don’t Take Your Love Away by Vast
    Bad Things by Jace Everett
    Perfect Day by Lou Reed

    Love your choices of music there!


  2. Melissa Johnson says:

    Love the soundtrack.

    I have a couple mixed-tape-making heroes in my past. God, one of them liked to give massages too. Sigh.

  3. Mixed tapes were something that I didn’t dabble in too much…I did have the soundtrack tape of “Who’s That Girl?” – I used to listen to it all the time. Cassettes were just going out of circulation when I was old enough to start collecting…I’m of the cd generation but I sucked at burning my own…I love mp3s’ for the sheer simplicity…I’m listening to a mix of Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga, Lily Allen, NKOTB, PCD, Leona Lewis, The Script, Maroon 5, Alesha Dixon, Neyo…and a new addition Justin Bieber.

  4. Amy Kathryn says:

    I love mix tapes, or mix CDs now. I am on a constant quest for the perfect one for every mood. I have been obsessing lately on the perfect jazz/blues mix. I’m on version 3 and just about there. MP3’s make it so much easier to play around and make your perfect album. I like a lot of the songs you had above…

  5. Pearl says:

    Mix tapes, sigh, that brings back memories ;)

    Some of my favorite playlist:
    Careless Whisper – George Michael
    Insatiable – Darren Hayes
    The Love Scene – Joe
    Whatta Man – Salt & Pepa/Envogue
    Miracle – Ilse de Lange (Dutch artist)
    Killing Me Softly – Fugees
    Make You Feel My Love – Adele
    Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
    Especially for You – Kylie Minogue/Jason Donovan


  6. Diane M. says:

    The Hard Way by Mary Chapin Carpenter

  7. Fedora says:

    LOL! I KNOW those songs! OK, I guess that dates me, too ;) I probably actually have most of those on one mix tape or another :D

  8. Estella says:

    I don’t have or have never made a mix tape.

  9. Jacqueline says:

    What a wonderful idea! I usually have songs I listen to that I think of as the unofficial soundtrack of whatever it is I’m writing, but I’ve never actually compiled them like this. Love it:)

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