"What came first: the music or the misery? People worry about kids playing with guns and watching violent videos that some sort of cultural violence will take them over. No one worries about kids listening to thousands, literally thousands of songs about heartbreak, pain, rejection, suffering and misery. Did I listen to pop music because I was miserable, or was I miserable because I listened to pop music?"
I control my music. When I feel sad, I'll put on sad music. When I feel fast, I'll put on punk rock. When I feel Irish, I'll put on Irish Punk Rock. When I feel troubadorish, I put on Bob Dylan.
Rob Gordon in High Fidelity is absolutely correct: making a mix tape is very serious, and there are a lot of rules. I am currently working on several mix tapes; the two I am most excited about are the one for my funeral (God forbid I don't complete it on time!), and the soundtrack to my divorce. I submit my current Ultimate Divorce / Breakup Mix for consideration, criticism, and inquiries to further study. Please contribute if you have any feelings about this at all.
Song List, the order is important:
1. So Much For the Afterglow - Everclear
2. Positively Fourth Street - Bob Dylan
3. Don't Speak - No Doubt
4. Suitcase - Over the Rhine
5. So Cruel - U2
6. Positively Fourth Street - Violent Femmes (covering Bob Dylan)
7. Bad Diary Days - Pedro the Lion
8. Options - Pedro the Lion
9. Yesterday - The Beatles
10. Eleanor - Low Millions
11. All My Little Words - The Magnetic Fields
12. Now That It's Over - Everclear
13. Meaningless - The Magnetic Fields
14. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2
15. Wild World - Cat Stevens
Please note this list will change and shake up right here. I do not intend to keep around debunked lists, this is striving for perfection in a divorce / breakup mix and we are not served by failing to abort unwanted byproducts.
I will, however, keep all explainations around.
1. Starting off with a Beach Boys whistle to promote the irony of the situation, and decending into characteristic Everclear alt-rock to express rage. So Much For the Afterglow is a song about Susan, about the way things were, and now that the honeymoon is over, so much for the afterglow.