A Mixtape for 2012: Songs That Summed Up This Year

Like most people, music is pretty important to me.

Aside from the fact that I used to tour with bands and all that nonsense, it’s how I start my day. Some tunes in the morning while I get ready, a couple of albums on my iTunes at work, and a playlist for winding down when I’m at home. You get the idea.

Last week, as I sat at my desk listening to Quietdrive’s Deliverance, I gasped at play count on my iTunes. I’d listened to the album over 87 times this year. Granted, it’s a favorite album of mine, but still! 87 times?

This led me to look at the rest of my iTunes library at work and at home, to see what I listened to the most over the course of this year. When I saw I’d listened to The Dangerous Summer dozens of times, specifically one song, No One’s Gonna Need You More, almost 100 times, I raised an eyebrow. I hadn’t played their recent album in months. And then I remembered being a smitten mess in June.

I was shocked to see that I’d  listened to a single Motion City Soundtrack song, The Conversation, way more than the rest, strange considering I have four of their albums on my iTunes. Then I remembered July, and how I was broken up over the thought of someone leaving.

It’s odd, considering how generally happy I am all the time, that my emo-tacular music reflects the result of frequently wearing my heart on my sleeve. But eh, live and learn.

So here we go. Twelve songs, twelve months, one year. One spectacular year, I should add. But damn, Eric. So emo. Cheer the hell up.

1. JanuaryNot Gonna Love – Sherwood.

Though Sherwood is a favorite group of mine, I was feeling pretty cranky about love and relationships around this time. This year did not begin well.

2. February: The City That Reads – The Graduate

So here’s to being alone
To anyone on their own
If anyone’s listening

I had received the reward for donating to their Fall 2011 Kickstarter, and was basically listening to them non-stop after getting every single one of their albums. I was also still kind of cranky.

3. March: I Want To Save You – Something Corporate

Home by three, deafening quiet 
The porch light’s off, yes they forgot it
She’d cry herself to sleep but she don’t dare 
And she wants to be a model 
She wants to hear she’s beautiful 
She’s beautiful 

I want to save you 
I want to save you 

I was a little hung up over a girl around this time.

4. April: Let’s Go – Cartel

Let me reintroduce myself as a man with a cause
I’ve had a lot of time to think and look at who we are
And I’ve got nothing left to say but we’ve gotta carry on

Tim Quirino started forcing me to go shopping for better clothes. I was in a weird place when it came to relationships, dating, self image, etc. Decided that maybe a change would cheer me up and help me out. And it did. There will likely be a blog post about that at some point in the future. Thanks buddy.

5. May: Letters To You – Finch

I’m writing again these letters to you aren’t much, I know
But i’m not sleeping and you’re not here
The thought stops my heart.

I met someone cute on the Internet. We wrote to each other a lot.

6. JuneNo One’s Gonna Need You More – The Dangerous Summer

We met in person. It worked.

7. July: The Conversation - Motion City Soundtrack

Do you remember how we met?
Silhouetted by the lights…
You were drunk and tried to take a mental picture with your hands
I was thinking about that
And a bunch of other things
Stop looking at the floor…
I need to pour out this expansive dose of words…

I know the timing isn’t great
But these things, you just can’t plan.

That she told me she might have to move away in a month. Oh my goodness, the feelings. ALL THE FEELINGS.

8. August: Television Rules the Nation – Daft Punk

This was the opening theme for the Geek Awards. I probably listened to it every day leading up to the ceremony, getting myself psyched.

9. September: Stay With Me – Finch

She stayed. Also, I don’t drive.

10. October:  21 Forever – Punchline

Get it all, get it all 
out of your system while you can.
when you call, when you call
I guarantee I’ll understand

I turned 30. I handled it well. The band Punchline holds a special place in my heart, particularly regarding my age and life. As a 21 year old, I ran around taking a ton of photos of these guys, even hung out with them on a mini tour. They brought me up on stage at local festivals, we’ve swapped plenty of emails and gchats. Love ‘em. They’re a band I grew up with. When I turned 30, I threw myself a 21st b’day party. This song was my favorite on the mix.

11. November: Jude Law & a Semester Abroad – Brand New

NEVER GONNA GET IT RIGHT, YOU’RE NEVER GONNA GET IT

Nothing particularly special about this one. I was just listening to that album non-stop after my birthday, unable to shake the image of my friends Brian and Erica rocking the hell out in my kitchen to this. See this picture.

12. December: Don’t Ever Tell Locke What He Can’t Do – Moneen

He’s trying to say we can’t
Yes I can!
And you can’t have all that you want
YES I CANNNNNNN!!!

Had to try to finish a huge bookish project in very little time. Can’t? YES I CAN.

Comments

Katiecupcakes
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This is the first song for your mixtape, and it’s short just like your temper… <3

eric
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<3

Steph
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Y U SO AWSUM!?

This is pretty great & adorable & appeals to my musical sensibilities. We should make this on Spotify so people can subscribe. Because #socialmedia.

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