Something about music

Not to be a complete asshole but…. My playlists are kind of legendary. Over the past 10 years I’ve had some friends tell me that they have kept mix cds I made them. It is something that is missing from our world today. We no longer exchange songs through mixes or even shared earbuds. I guess you could say that we’ve moved on to shared links. But can you really argue that it has the same effect as a perfectly curated set of 18 tracks with hand made album art?

Thats right you sure can’t.

I have a handful of beautiful mix cds a friend made me after I got my heart trampled. I’ve carried them with me over the years like a security blanket. I miss the physicality of music. I have a big stack of records but there is no utility in that. They exist for my comfortable consumption.  I wish we could travel back to the in between, were music was shared as a portable but physical object.



About Me, Music, Wedding

I’ll be a Sadie…


I’m getting married in October. We have booked a venue, I think I found a dress. But now the hard part begins. The music. Apparently you should have 3 songs for the ceremony… the processional, the signing, and the recessional. I’ve know for a while what I’d like to walk down the aisle to, but what about the others?

I saw Max for the first time about a month before I met him. He was passing through Lake Louise and stopped in to my work to catch up with one of my co-workers.

The next time I saw him he was sitting on a bench in front of Laggens Bakery. I was behind my till when my friend poked her head into the market… she looked at him then at me and said… “you should hook up with that guy, he looks like your type.” I didn’t know I had a type, and he didn’t look like anyone I had dated before. Ho Hey was playing.

We had a party that night, to say goodbye to some friends and to welcome Max who moved in next door. I drank more Gin then was strictly necessary. We walked home from the bar holding hands, he gave me the dessert from his microwave dinner. Give Me Everything By Pitbull was on repeat.

We moved to Banff and didn’t spend a night apart until I went home for Christmas. We were broke and living in a shitty shared house on Muskrat St affectionately nicknamed “The Crackden.” At the time I thought that Danny’s Song by Loggins and Messina really suited this period of our relationship.

I took the train from Jasper to Hamilton. I did not have a return ticket. A busker played Hallelujah in the station. The plan was for Max to join me in Ontario as soon as I found a job. A job didn’t materialize so he bought me a plane ticket back to him.

The soundtrack to our relationship is not ideal. And we don’t share a common musical sensibility.  I’m all nostalgia, and he prefers music with ZERO feeling. He just discovered Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears and it is the first overlap in our tastes in a while.

The reception will be an eclectic mix of our favourite songs, but the ceremony has me stumped.

Etta James, Penny and The Quarters, The Beach Boys, Tom Waits… the options are truly overwhelming.

The photo is from Funny Girl which is where the title of this post comes from… it’s also a Gilmore Girls reference.

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Come Pick Me Up…


And now for the break-up songs.

1. Come Pick Me Up by Ryan Adams

The ultimate break up song, period.

2. You Really Got A Hold On Me by Smokey Robinson

“I don’t like you but I love you”

3. I’d Rater Go Blind By Etta James

For when they move on.

4. Oh Sweet Nothin’ by The Velvet Underground

Just the best song to cry to.

5. Picture In A Frame by Tom Waits

Just a beautiful melancholy love song.

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My most favourite love song…


This will actually be a Desert Island top 5 list in the style of Rob from High Fidelity. And here we go, in no order.

1. You and Me by Penny and The Quarters.

It was the best thing to come from Blue Valentine.

2. You are The Best Thing by Ray LaMontange

This song will play as I walk down the aisle at my wedding.

3. Somethings Got A Hold On Me, Sunday Kind Of Love, At Last – Etta James

I love Etta James with the fiery passion of a thousand suns. Her love songs are what love is.

4. My Favourite Book by Stars

This just happens to be one of my most favourite song of all time. It is a simple endearment but one that I think means a hell of a lot.

5. A Case Of You by Joni Mitchell

I have no words to describe my deep, unwavering emotion connection to this song.

6. God Only Knows by The Beach Boys

I couldn’t keep it to 5, I’m sorry. This is just one of the most lovely romantic songs EVER.