We’re taught early in America, that March carries an oasis of irresponsibility. From our first day of school until our last we’re trained to expect a break from the norm just as the weather begins warming up. It’s awesome, really…until you get a job. Then brutal reality hits. Sure you practiced the hiatus for at least 13 years, some extended the workouts through grad school tacking on another 6-8, but now the party’s over.
But it’s never really over, is it? I mean, the hope of Spring Break always lingers, right? It has to, I’m 38 and I still get antsy as February ends. So, last week as my kids were enjoying legally skipping class I decided to join them for the last two days of their Spring Break. We loaded up the family truckster and headed out to the Ozark Mountains. It was awesome and I’ll post about the full trip later on, but this post is about the essential ingredient to any Spring Break’s success: The Spring Break Mixtape.
Because we pulled the trigger on the trip at the last minute, I didn’t have the time to properly produce a masterpiece. We hit the road empty handed, save Sarabeth’s Indigo Girls / Shawn Colvin / David Wilcox mix & my Littlest Goonie’s Dr Dre / Jackson 5 / Zac Brown Band concoction. Once we settled into our cabin in the woods and I began grilling our dinner, I remedied the situation with a stream-of-consciousness-songs-on-my-iphone-only production. Friends, I give you:
Thank God It’s Mixday – Spring Break When You’re 38
1. Light of the Morning / Band of Skulls
2. Howlin’ For You / The Black Keys
3. How You Like Me Now / The Heavy
4. We Should Fight / Erza Furman and the Harpoons
5. There Goes My Love / The Blue Van
6. Flathead / Fratellis
7. Everlasting Shine Blockaz / Wick-it the Instigator
8. At 1 AM / The Subways
9. Post Acid / Wavves
10. Someone’s Daughter / The Whigs
11. The Whip / Locksley
12. Life Coach / Fang Island
13. American Music / Violent Femmes
14. Lonely Is The Night / Billy Squier
15. Everybody Wants Some!! / Van Halen
16. Finest Worksong (Mutual Drum Horn Mix) / R.E.M.
I’m out of words now…