Who is this man? Hopefully you already know, but if you don’t, just keep in mind that his guidance will save you from a world of financial shame.
It’s about that time, people. Turn out your pockets and give up all the spare change you’ve got. What’s that? You’re a poor college student with a mountain of debt? Well, too bad, because this is the time of year you show people how much you love them by saying, “Hey man, I love you this many dollars’ worth!” (I’ll give you a cookie and/or a hug if you can tell me where that quote is from. You could probably just Google it since you’re online anyway, if you really need a cookie or a hug.)
Hey, it’s okay. We’re in a recession. We’re all Tiny Tim this year, so why bother pretending we’ve got the bread when all we’ve got are some crumbs? Turn that frown upside down, Ebenezer, because I’ve got just the thing for you. Well, it’s not for you, per se, but it’s an idea you can use to your heart’s content. A way to get through the holidays without feeling like a poor dick for not getting anyone anything.
This is a better idea to do for people you know well, so scratch those acquaintances off your list and get ready to think about what you love most about your loved ones. It’s time for the return of the mix…tape?…CD?…playlist? Whatever device your collection of tunes ends up on, one thing is certain: whoever you give it to will be flattered that you took the time to really think about them and come up with a list of songs that somehow speaks to your special bond with them. If it’s truly the thought that counts (and I think it should be) then this gift will go a long way.
If you’ve ever seen “High Fidelity” you know that making a mixtape for someone is no laughing matter. It’s a serious business. But don’t feel bad if you’re not as enthusiastic about it as Jack Black:
In “High Fidelity,” John Cusack’s character Rob explains that “the making of a good compilation tape is a very subtle art. Many do’s and don’ts. First of all, you’re using someone else’s poetry to express how you feel. This is a delicate thing.”
I could tell you myself Rob’s wise rules when it comes to making a mixtape, but I’ll let him tell you himself:
“The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.”
A great movie. Watch it sometime when you’re not so frazzled by the holidays. Until then, get to work on that mixtape! If you need a little jump start, below is the playlist of a mix CD I made for my mom last Christmas. I made it based on what she would like, so unless you’re making a mixtape for my mom, don’t just steal it song for song. It’s the thought that counts, remember? Plus, it would be kind of a dick move to make her the same CD twice.
Christmas 2009 Playlist:
1. “Viva la Vida,” Coldplay
2. “Under the Blacklight,” Rilo Kiley
3. “Satan Is My Motor,” CAKE
4. “Mexico,” CAKE
5. “Sex and Candy,” Marcy Playground
6. “Smiley Faces,” Gnarls Barkley
7. “Where Is My Mind?” Pixies
8. “Suddenly I See,” KT Tunstall
9. “The Seed 2.0,” The Roots
10. “Girl Sailor,” The Shins
11. “Venice Queen,” Red Hot Chili Peppers
12. “The New Year,” Death Cab for Cutie
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