My Pick this week...
Love is a Mixtape: Love and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield
Published: January 2, 2007
Do you remember the song that was playing when you fell in love for the first time (Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are") or when you suffered your first breakup (Talking Heads' "Psycho Killer")? How about that song from the perfect summer at the beach (Elton John's "Someone Saved My Life Tonight")? Memories and music are inextricably linked -- which is why Sheffield's memoir struck such a chord with us.
Before becoming the acclaimed rock critic that he is today, Sheffield was a grad student in Charlottesville, Virginia. There, too, lived Renee, a fellow student with whom he began conversing about (what else?) a song. Before long, they were a pair, eating cheap food, renting an inexpensive apartment, devouring books, and sharing their mix tapes with each other. Marriage soon followed.
With his bond to Renee as the cornerstone, Sheffield's unique memoir (complete with playlists) is built upon the music that affected both of their lives. Tragically, Sheffield's life with Renee ended much too soon, though one can't help feeling that he will survive -- with the aid of his beloved music. And once readers finish this bittersweet book, they'll compare their own playlists with Sheffield's. Even now, we can almost hear the sound of computers whirring as the downloading begins.
Why I Love It...HELLO!! It features my other love.... music! Enough said!
Honestly it's a lovely and wonderful story about love and loss. Anyone who grew up in the 80's know how much a mix tape means. The careful art of it all not just random songs slapped together meanlessly. It's all in the order of the songs. Not to mention the songs themselves. What they mean and how they are taken. What I also enjoyed were the lists of mixtapes he shared. As a music lover I went out and searched some of the songs I didn't know and in returned found some awesome finds.
While this story has a very personal tone the author balances it out wonderfully with music, pop references and laughter. All in all you can't helped to be moved by this awesome read.