Stay Up All Night With Me
For better or worse, I share a lot of myself here. But believe it or not, I don’t always overshare. Today’s going to be one of those times.
I will merely say that there is a story behind today’s mixtape. And it makes me smile.
Though I can’t say more, I’ve woven a tale. I hope you’ll come along for the journey through these songs, my friends! Because there’s always music!
I’m going to slow things down soon enough, but I wanted to start off with something thematically spot-on. Musically (though not lyrically) there’s an undercurrent of drama, of the thrill of the unknown that comes in the wee small hours.
John Newman somehow manages to sound desperate and cocky. Recently I knocked out a mixtape that featured songs about guys going after the women they wanted and how attractive that confidence was to me. That’s the energy of “Losing Sleep.”
The pounding drums (okay, probably drum machines) with the plucky strings make for a delicious, upbeat mood that belies his restlessness.
I’ve been a fan of blue-eyed soul since I was a teen and it doesn’t appear that I’m going to outgrow it!
How charming is “Stars?” Am I the only one who always forgets about this 90s Simply Red tune?
A reference to the nighttime, some 90s pop, and an enthusiastic audience feels like the perfect link in this mixtape chain. Even my rather stoic heart falls for this unabashedly romantic song.
Earth sign, dig up the dance floor…
A slow dance wrapped up in your arms, please. It’s getting late.
My 5 followers know that the lead singer of the Trashcan Sinatras, Frank Reader, is one of my biggest crushes. That voice gets me EVERY time! (I literally just sighed out loud as I typed that sentence.)
“All Night” is one of the Scottish trio’s rare dance tunes, but they’ve stripped it down here, which better suits the mood for today’s mixtape.
The guitar work is as lovely as anything from their earliest album, 1990’s Cake, and beyond. Does anyone do lush, beautiful jangly guitars better than the Trashcan Sinatras? No way.
I’m a fan of Maroon 5, but much of their more recent material loses the effortless, raw, earnest sultriness of their earlier work.
I really, really like Begin Again and its soundtrack. In fact, it’s my favorite album of 2014. “Lost Stars” shimmers.
This is the Adam Levine that I fall for. I mean, he’ll never have the depth of, say, Jeff Buckley. But with the right material, we all ride on his musical wave. Sighing, soaring, and plummeting wherever he takes us.
I prefer Madonna over Cyndi Lauper, but that doesn’t mean that I can’t appreciate her, ahem, unusual gifts. (Please, someone, get my She’s So Unusual reference!)
Fashionista, opinionated, bold, colorful, unyielding. I can get on board with all of that!
Ms. Lauper consistently delivers a unique vulnerability without ever being weak. The final notes of this live cut of “All Through the Night” are ethereal.
I can type a bunch of words. Or I can be succinct.
Janet Jackson, abs, dance moves, abs, 90s fashion, a really good vocal. Abs. “That’s the Way Love Goes.” Abs.
I’m opting for a hushed, swoony endnote.
I accidentally discovered this cover by Daley of Mariah Carey’s hit, “My All.” I have listened to it regularly since finding it, knowing that it would end up on a mixtape. It was preordained.
[I like exactly two Mariah Carey songs. (This is not one of them.)]
There’s something about Daley’s version. As much as my mind wants me to turn it off, my soul won’t let me.
It’s mesmerizing. Delicate but impassioned. Unrelenting. Pleading. I think Daley digs into the pain while Mariah focuses on the beauty.
I can appreciate beauty. But my soul will always be more drawn to the pain.
Until her 40’s, Bonnie’s worst nightmare included writing and sharing personal stories publicly. At her friends’ suggestion, she bemusedly started Bonnie’s Mixed Tape on Medium in 2017. She remains shocked that anyone reads her stories and that P.S. I Love You, Assemblage, the Writing Cooperative, and the Ascent have published her work.
Bonnie loves all types of music, but really, really, really loves the 80s.
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