If you, dear intimate group of readers, have been at all observant while visiting this here blog lately, you've noticed that each blog begins with a really profound quote from a song that is meaningful to me. Something to further enhance the depth of my blog posts. Okay, not really. It's more like whatever song pops into my head when I'm writing a post. Like a silly soundtrack. A long-running mixtape of nostalgia and current earworms. That's why you'll find everything from one-hit wonder band from the late '80s The Good Girls to Cameo's classic "Word Up."
For those of you who know me outside of the blogosphere, it's clear that my mixtapes -- known to friends as Michies Mixes-- serve as another creative outlet. They first appeared back in the days of waiting to hear a particular song all night long and then taping it off of the radio on my ultracool pink-and-black boombox. Imagine a little Flyrish in braces, pumped hair, and pegged jeans squealing and jumping up and down when Paula Abdul's "Rush Rush" finally hit the airwaves. But the real deal mixes started at the end of high school. I had gotten into underground hip-hop and old school soul and wanted to share my discoveries with all of my friends. I made mixtapes (yes, on actual cassette tapes) and they requested more. I started giving them regularly as gifts, and my husband and I began courting each other with the exchange of our mixtapes in college. He ultimately proposed to me on the back of a blue iPod mini eight years later, if that tells you anything about the meaning and evolution of music in our relationship. And how long it freakin' took him to drop to his knee. (I jest-- I was in no rush to get married.)
At this point in my life I'd like to think that my arms are open wide to embrace all that the musical world has to offer. While I still put '90s hip-hop and old school soul at the top of my list, I now enjoy everything from indie rock to electro pop. And summer always deserves an inspired soundtrack for us to marinate in like some portobello mushrooms getting ready to be tossed onto the grill. (I'm hungry.)
A few tracks already on heavy rotation...
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