Birthday Mix-Tape

It’s my bride’s birthday today, and I thought I resurrect an old tradition of sorts and give her an online version of a birthday mix tape. Now, back in the day, mix tapes were great for a couple reasons:

  • First, when you’re short on dough, a blank Maxell is downright affordable.
  • Second, when you and your gal have vastly different tastes in music, a well-chosen mix can ensure that the next time you’re in the car together, you’ll both enjoy the tunes — you because they’re yours, and she, because they were hand-picked and “mean something.”
Can you feel the love? This is more of an EP, but nevertheless — here goes. (Sorry about the ads and redirects.)
“Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” by The White Stripes



First off, The White Stripes are the one band the whole family agrees on. Secondly, this was the first song we ever heard of theirs. Third, lines like the opening: Dead leaves and the dirty ground when I know you’re not around/Shiny tops and soda pops when I hear your lips make a sound…

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“I Will Wait” by Mumford and Sons

Now I’ll be bold 
As well as strong 
And use my head alongside my heart 
So tame my flesh 
And fix my eyes 
A tethered mind freed from the lies 

Enough said…


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“New State of Mind” by Matt Maher


She is alot like grace. And mercy. Next to you I’m more than alright…

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“Before My Time” by Johnny Cash

This says it all, in Johnny Cash’s baritone. Plus, beer is mentioned, and dusty books.  Better even than “Grow Old With You.”

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Happy birthday, love — here’s to many, many more years together!

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