Time for a New Mixtape, Part 1


I saw the band Travis in concert recently. As I sang along and bopped to favorite songs such as “Driftwood” and “Sing,” I felt about 10 years younger. I was transported to a time when I was a carefree 20-something with my whole life ahead of me.

I have seen Travis in concert before, so I went to my book of ticket stubs to look up the date. I saw them 12 years ago! No wonder I felt like a 20-something at the show.

This got me thinking that I need to make a mixtape for the decade of my 20s. I’ve made two mixtapes of my favorite songs from college. I don’t listen to them often, but when I do, I’m 19 again. This phenomenon has a name that I can’t recall. A very cute TA in one of my college psych classes talked about it once: the association of music in memory. This reminds me that I need to read Oliver Sacks’s book about music and memory.

In creating my mixtape, I’ll have to start with songs that I heard a lot while working in London for six months after college.

“Kiss the Rain” by Billie Myers

“Here’s Where the Story Ends” by Tin Tin Out featuring Shelley Nelson

“Lucky Man” by The Verve

“Torn” by Natalie Imbruglia

These songs were on the radio ALL THE TIME.

In Part 2 of this post, I will return to my book of ticket stubs to complete my mixtape…

Do you have any favorite songs from your 20s?

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