Time Passages

A BMT Mixtape

Bonnie Barton
4 min readSep 13, 2019

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In her youth — folk singer, Sandy Denny

It’s been a sad week. Obviously 9–11 remains a tough anniversary. Additionally, I learned that the wife of a friend of mine in Austin passed away. They were married for 41 years!

I’ve been thinking of him, their children, and grandchildren all week. There’s really nothing I can do other than send condolences and prayers.

But then I realized that I’m me! Translation: I’m going to dedicate a mixtape to him, his dear wife, and his family.

It might seem trivial, but this is how I show care. It might be silly…but I’m sincere.

When considering songs for today’s mixtape, it was important to me to be reverential but to do so in a way that didn’t feel too heavy or gloomy.

That isn’t my style. And it’s not how I think of my friend and his family.

I hand-picked songs through my musical lens that include a wide range of styles and eras while considering what I think my friend might enjoy.

Pierce and I are thinking of you, Mr. George!

I felt like Five For Fighting’s “100 Years” was a bit obvious (at least for my generation), so I wanted to approach it through a more unique lens.

I listened to several choirs, but none of them moved me. My patience paid off when I found the all-male A Whole Step Up from LeHigh University.

I never realized how hard this song is vocally! Charlie Anderson does an admirable if imperfect job. In the end I found the guys so endearing and devoted to the material that they had more than won me over.

Maybe it’s how young these guys are. Or how earnest they are. Or the acapella aspect.

I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

All I can say is that THIS version made me smile while getting a little teary-eyed. It charmed my heart and my ear!

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Bonnie Barton

Queen of mixtapes. Lover of music, travel, and fashion. Authentic sharer of life lessons and dating foibles.