"I’ll be making you mixtapes with homemade covers.
Analog to show we’re lovers,
So much rock and roll love in a plastic case,
Play it loudly, see my face.
I’m just making you mixtapes with homemade covers,
Mazzy Star, Donovan’s Colors,
Just an audio love letter painted blue,
I spent all day making for you."
It has been a long time, five years, since I made a mixtape that had a not so subtle meaning in it, that I was hoping someone would be smart enough to figure out (he did). Now, when I hear a song that was on that mixtape, my heart twitches a little thinking of how cowardly I was to let that mix speak the volumes of things I could never bring myself to say to his face. I haven't made a mixtape like that since, but the first time I heard this song I thought of the time I took to craft that cd and the careful selection process of songs. Anyway, I like to think that a lot of us have, at one point or another, made mixes like that, in hopes that the person on the recieving end would know well enough to read into the songs and pay attention to the lyrics. Tift Merritt's song details this so well, that I know I am not alone in making a mixtape with my heart taped to the cover. And it really is a great song too.