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Are you good at choosing great music to play during dates? Perhaps you’re a whiz at making playlists or rocked the mix tapes back in the day? I need your help.
I first encountered the idea of a song incorporating a “message” when a friend of my father told me that rock music contained secret messages from Satan. I was 10 at the time and thought it was odd that Satan hadn’t chosen an older genre to share his message. Years later, I found out about another kind of musical message. Instead of grumbling in the background like beelzebub, this message was one of affection shared through normal songs grouped together into a mix.
If it weren’t for the message in the mix, would I have listened to 43 uninterrupted minutes of Mariah Carey with two versions of “You’ll always be my baby”? Of course not. I was listening because she, the one who burnt the CD and wrote my name on the cover with a sharpie, had said something with her choice of songs. (I later realized that if it takes a girl 43 minutes of Mariah Carey to say something, her conflict resolution style might leave something to be desired.)
Here’s where I need some help: In your experience, what are the best songs to say the following things?
- I’m really glad to be here with you.
- I’m sorry.
- I like you a lot (the type that leads to conversations and buddy hugs)
- Let’s do it!
- I like you a lot (like, as in the type that leads to fluid exchanges)
If you’d like to add more messages or just explain what your favorite mix selections mean, that’d be great, too!
Update: Thanks to Melanie for making sense of the song order! =)
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