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Do you guys know that littlegirltoast and I have a 100% fantastic music blog together now? It's really great. One day just after Christmas I was really missing Jesse and was trying to think of a nice way to connect with him and let him know I was thinking about him. So I spent a couple of hours looking for a bunch of new music that I wanted to know what he thought of. I called the email "A mix tape ep for you!"

I wasn't sure if he'd like it all. Or if *I* liked it all, I just tried to pull together lyrics/production that I thought he'd at least find interesting. I wrote a sentence about how I felt about each song. By the end of the day, he'd written back with his own reactions to the songs, and within a week, he'd sent me seven songs that he'd found for ME. Since I'd called the collection a mix tape ep, we declared these little seven-song playlists to be mixtapEPs, pronounced mix-ta-PEPs. After a couple of exchanges, Jesse decided we were too good at picking jokes and picking music to hide our lights under bushels, so he put the whole she-bang on tumblr. There is even a glossary. You really should check it out if you like interesting sounds and two people trying to outdo eachother with hilarity and tough drums (Jesse always wins).

Here are some concrete ways that mixtapEPs make my life WAY BETTER:

1. I have a project with Jesse. One thing you might not know about me is that collaboration with someone makes me feel SO happy and cozy and energized. All of my favourite shows are about people who have shared goals and objectives that they are working towards together (two examples = The West Wing and Buffy the Vampire Slayer), because I basically love teams except sports teams which do nothing for me. So being on a team with Jesse about something feels really great especially when ...

2. ... I am sharing new music with Jesse. One of the ways we first connected was to share music with each other. Well okay to be fair I shared a bunch of music with him, and he made me a play list too but we never really talked about it much because for a long time I was a complete weirdo about new music, like I didn't know how to know if I liked it or until now that ...

3. ... I am seeking out and forming opinions on new music all on my own! It's baffling that for uh ten years I had kind of lost my entire vocabulary for that. I don't really know how it happened! But I wasn't even listening to new music by my FAVOURITE ARTISTS. I felt like I had no entry point. I have no idea what the entry point was that I lost! I used to go into stores and buy CDs all the time, often just based on the song titles or label (oh hi 4AD). I don't know when or why it stopped, but it feels SO GOOD to have that block just fall away. The vast bulk of new music that I know/like that came out between 2006 and 2012 is because Jesse kept really on top of things and would put stuff on a USB stick or burn a CD and we would listen in the car on long drives. I am so thankful that he did that ...

4. ... and so many other amazing things during our relationship. I feel really lucky, even though we eventually ended up so far apart emotionally and geographically. Working on the mixtapEPs closes those distances in a lot of ways ways. Which means the world to me.

Go listen to them!! Here I'll put the link again so you don't have to scroll, you lazy creeps!


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May. 25th, 2012 07:44 am (UTC)
i listened and it's great.
plus you people are adorable.
May. 25th, 2012 01:30 pm (UTC)
I love this story! My long distance partner (in California) Jody and I like to bond over music too. I introduced her to Strangeways Radio, and internet streaming station that plays music we both like...and three nights of the week we hang out in the stations' chatroom with the DJs and other listeners. She doesn't have much time to seek out the songs that grab her attention, so every so often I use Dropbox to send a bunch to her. :)
May. 26th, 2012 12:33 am (UTC)
I feel like calling your friendly readers "lazy creeps" is a real Jesse D move... nice!
May. 28th, 2012 12:23 am (UTC)
Super dope.

Also! Spotify has been making me listen to loads of new music again! I didn't understand it at first, but then I discovered how to just work with it, and now I love it enough to pay the monthly thing for mobile access. I love how they have pitchfork built in so I can see what the musicnerdz are listening to and then hear it right away. I know what you mean about new music seeming like something you just somehow, oddly, stopped hearing.

Also, you could totally make playlists of this stuff for your readers. This site can create them from youtube, spotify, itunes, text....

I sound like a commercial but that's just because I am feeling ENTHUSIASTIC.
May. 28th, 2012 12:43 am (UTC)
Spotify seems amazing for sure. I hope it's available in Canada soon!!!
May. 28th, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
You can't use it? Crazy. I know that I spent many years being irritated about how awesome it sounded, when I couldn't use it. Rhapsody is good too!
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