A long, long time ago In 1990, in a galaxy far, far away on the back roads of rural southeastern Wisconsin, The Ultimate Mix tape was born. I wrote about Side #1 of this tape last fall, and promised to return to discuss Side #2, but well, what can I say? Time slipped away from me.
But it’s fall again. So I give you Side #2. Go ahead & catch up with Side #1 if you like; I’ll wait. Here you go, “More Musical Mayhem with Mari & Becky”:
- Melt With You (Modern English)
A nod to my love for the movie “Valley Girl”
- Dark Side (Eddie & the Cruisers)
Another musical movie masterpiece
- These Boots (Nancy Sinatra)
- Hurdy Gurdy Man (Donovan)
This was our pal Moochie’s song; he was the guy who was everyone’s friend. I’m no longer friends with him, but I’m still a fan of this song.
- Uncle John’s Band (Grateful Dead)
Becky was the Dead fan, but this was always a favorite of mine.
- The Joker (Steve Miller)
Dude, he is from Milwaukee. Give props.
- Ride, Captain, Ride (Blues Image)
…73 men sailed out from that San Francisco bay …
- Me & Bobby McGee (Janis Joplin)
Becky’s cousin is named Bobby McGee. True story. Added another layer to the song.
- American Pie (Don McClain)
I totally drove a Chevy (but to the bluff & not the levee)
- Too Old to Rock & Roll (Jethro Tull)
I floved Jethro Tull. Hard rock flute music!? Come on!
- Fat Bottom Girls (Queen)
I have no words. Awesome song.
- Nights in White Satin (Moody Blues)
This is a seriously emo song. Very serious.
- Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd)
These Floyd songs were very carefully chosen.
- Fast Car (Tracy Chapman)
It’s fitting that Fast Car was the last song on this mix. It was just a short year later that we left Wisconsin to each carve out our own paths. Becky & I are still in touch, but nothing like we were back then. These songs will always remind me of two young girls, innocently (mostly) having as much fun as humanly possible.
That car on the left was my awesome 1980 Chevy Impala, the vessel for some of our general havoc-wreaking. Good GREAT times!