“Now, the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do's and don'ts. First of all you're using someone else's poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.” – High Fidelity
There are some songs that always make it onto my mix tapes. I made the ultimate road trip mix a few months ago and just recently found it and slapped that sucker on the iPod and listened to it to and from work today. Below is the track listing for my traveling CD and notes. Rock on.
Don’t Give Up on Me – Graham Colton Band
This song was word for word a description of a trip we made in the summer to Boston and back. We left around 1 am and made it there right before 6 am. Akiva and TM had a show in Boston and we wanted to visit Jackman. We had to leave the next morning for another show in DE and work but a road trip is always a good decision.
“Don't give up on me tonight
We've come this far we've made good time
And all the light of the world is somewhere else
We drove all night in this old car
The morning light the faded stars
And every day I find I'm someone else
But every day I get closer to myself”
Dear Chicago – Ryan Adams
I just really really like Ryan Adams and it’s a must for any mix tape.
Fast Moving Cars – The Clarks
"Empty bottles on an empty stage
End of story on the final page
Of a book that no one knows about
This is it this is my last goodbye
This is where my dreams go to die
In the trash behind the record shop"
All or None – Omnisoul
I can’t give my guys enough justice in this little snippet. If you’re reading this, you know why they are important to me and why I have them on my mix tape. It’s always hard to pick which Omnisoul song, to go onto a compilation.
"i know there’s a way for me to make dreams happen
it’s all or none
no self control taught me to break the mold
achieve great things in ways not every man thinks
question the truth
there’s nothing stopping you"
Rolling Home – Tyler Hilton
Marissa gets credit for discovering Tyler after finding an eye catching poster at a bar. We used to see him in hazy coffee shops, now look at him. Aurora and I claim that this is the theme song to our life.
Is fine west of here
Most folks are staying at home
If you want to come on
You better meet me there
Cause I've got some country to own”
Anywhere But Here – Georgia Avenue
A pocket of us really liked this band years ago. GA always made it onto our mix tapes in college. To escape a sucky relationship I spent a lot of time in my room with my stereo. Though this is the only part of the song that matched up, I really liked the words. How the one person I shouldn't have had to prove myself to tried to keep me down the most, and well, here I am and there you are. Summed up.
"I think I'll try to catch my dreams.
Sooner of Later – Michael Tolcher
“and playing in the rain is worth catching cold” – my sentiments exactly. This song also reminds me of Tanya, because she also likes playing in the rain.
Who Needs Sleep – Barenaked Ladies
This song is necessary for any roadtrip since usually we fuel ourselves with coffee and drive through most of the night. I remember this song coming on several times while driving back from NC. It was one of the few trips that I thought I was going to throw up from too much coffee.
“My hands are locked up tight in fists
My mind is racing filled with lists
Of things to do and things I’ve done
Another sleepless night’s begun”
Laughing Tuesdays Gone – Akiva
Akiva used to be on our mix tapes and we didn’t know him. Now we do and he can always be counted on to steal a bed whenever he is nearby. The girls always shout the last line, thinking we’ll start a trend – it hasn’t caught on yet.
“White men in suits
money clips no time
thinking that they own the world
BUT I BELIEVE IT’S MINE”
Rocksteady – Marc Broussard
I won't woke up 'til Friday night
The moment the weekend begins
I'm packing up my ride and I'm leaving”
Catch My Disease – Ben Lee
Revolution – The Beatles
Mix Tape – Brand New
“and I know that you're a sucker for anything acoustic…”
Such Great Heights –Postal Service
“When you are out there on the road for
Several weeks of shows and when you scan the radio
I hope this song will guide you home”
See You Soon – Stephen Kellogg
“But somewhere east of that solo and a little bit west of the bridge
Was the singular kind of moment you remember as long as you live
Sometimes just before showtime, I swear I might end up crying
Letting go of my fears and my landlords
That’s the difference between living and dying
As kids we’d pretend to be pirates
And talk about starting a band
But the older that we got, the more that we forgot
That greed and treasure go hand in hand”
Simple Things – Charlie Mars
"when you're lost in that house
Mid-November – Johnathan Rice
“love is always looking for an open grave”
Music Was Saved – Starsailor
“Oh my friends we landed in December,
Creating something for you to remember,
This is What I Do – Rhett Miller
“I'm gonna sing this song forever about a girl that I once knew
And how she is always leaving this is what I do
This is what I do for a living this is what I do”