So I’m not exactly a Valentine’s Grinch, and I like to think I’ve grown up from being Edgy and Contrarian about love. Love is pure and good, you guys!! BUT, okay, I gotta admit I still get a little thrill from doing things like spending February 14th watching “Gone Girl” (very solid choice, highly recommended). Obviously, in this aspect, I’ve shown very little character development over the years – browsing through my old 8tracks mixes (RIP) I found three or four playlists that I uploaded in February, all variations on a theme of Not Exactly Valentine’s.
So, for those of you who, like me, love a good cheesy love song – I karaoke the hell out of a Celine Dion! – but would welcome some alternative programming around this time of the year, here are two of my old 8tracks mixes. They’re updated, but only slightly, because I am musically Set In My Ways and honestly will not listen to anything that strays too far from my preferred genre of “could easily play in the background of a particularly significant “Grey’s Anatomy” moment”.
If you’re looking for songs about a love that’s (happily!) in the past, you’ll find some Haim, some Lorde, and some Paramore to shout-sing and shoulder-dance to. And if you want to indulge in some wine and melancholy, man have I got you covered with the second mix (original description: “a mix for love lost, love unrequited, & love gone wrong”) – sometimes you just gotta turn up that Regina Spektor and cathart.