Today I made you a mix tape and I decorated it with lots of stars. It had all my favorite songs.

If you haven’t figured it out already, I have a thing for making playlists. Blame it on owning an iPod.

I’ve just always had a thing for placing significance on songs, a way to stir up old memories or save current moments in time. And it always makes it easier when I’m searching for inspiration for a story. It seems like every couple months I find myself creating a new one, the theme more than evident. And while my last play list was about heartbreak, this current playlist is all about the after part, and how good it feels just to feel again.

Yes, I have a crush (which is the strangest feeling to begin with). But that’s about all your going to get out of me for the time being. That, and the songs on my current not-so-secret crush playlist.

The Ataris — “I Won’t Spend Another Night Alone”: The things you make me wanna do, I’d rob a quik-e-mart for you. I’d go to the pound and let all the cats go free, just as long as you’d be with me.

The Beatles — “I Want to Hold Your Hand”: Yeah, you’ve got that something. I think you’ll understand when I feel that something. I want to hold your hand.

The Ataris — “Oh Kansas City”: This moment feels so right… God, never let it end. If I’m dreaming please don’t wake me when you’re gone.

Blink 182 — “First Date”: Do you like my stupid hair? Would you guess that I didn’t know what to wear? I’m just scared of what you think. You make me nervous so I really can’t eat.

Dashboard Confessional — “Hands Down”: Hands down this is the best day I can ever remember. Always remember the sound of the stereo. The dim of the soft lights. The scent of your hair, that you twirled in your fingers. And the time on the clock, when we realized it’s so late.

Frank Sinatra — “Dancing Cheek to Cheek”: Come on and dance with me, I want my arm about you. That charm about you will carry me through.

The Ataris — “Song for a Mixtape“: falling for you was the easy thing to do. If only somehow I could make you hang around.

Liz Phair — “Why Can’t I?”: Isn’t this the best part of breaking up? Finding someone else you can’t get enough of… someone who wants to be with you too.

Mandy Moore — “Crush”: Ooh, I got a crush on you. I hope you feel the way that I do. I get a rush when I’m with you. Ooh, I’ve got a crush on you… a crush on you.

The Ataris — “San Dimas High School Football Rules”: Nothing could go wrong anytime that I’m with you. Like crashing a hotel room or leading up to that first kiss. Or searching for a high school that you know doesn’t exist…

The Dandy Warhols — “Bohemian Like You”: Cause I like you, yeah I like you.And I’m feeling so Bohemian like you.Yeah I like you, yeah I like you. And I feel wahoo, woooo.


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